Firestone Vineyards

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Founded in the 1970s, Firestone is Santa Barbara’s oldest estate winery. Sweeping views of the vineyard from the sleek, wood-paneled tasting room are nearly as satisfying as the value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends for which it's best known. Arrive in time for a winery tour, daily at 11:15am and 1:15pm, plus 3:15pm weekends (no reservations).

It often closes on Saturdays for private events so phone ahead to check.

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