Were you aware that there are more than 120 family-owned and boutique wineries in Solvang, California? It is believed that the 2004 Oscar-winning film ‘Sideways’ helped to cement Solvang in the wine scene, so, unsurprisingly, this area in the Santa Ynez Valley has become a popular spot among wine lovers. Every year the wineries and vineyards in Solvang become more famous, with the region exporting some of the best-produced wines globally.
With so many wineries and vineyards at your disposal, it can be difficult to narrow down which ones you should visit. Fortunately, if you’ve booked a stay at a hotel like The King Frederik Inn in Solvang to visit the best wineries and vineyards, you’ve come to the right blog. We’re going to discuss a few must-visit wineries and vineyards in this historical Dutch-American town.
What Are The 7 Best Wineries & Vineyards In Solvang?
There are plenty of wineries and vineyards in Solvang that are worth visiting. Yet, if you have limited time and are not planning on becoming a permanent resident of the area, you must select the best ones to visit during your stay.
Below, you will find brief descriptions of seven of Solvang’s best wineries and vineyards. We recommend visiting each when you’ve booked in for a mini getaway or holiday.
1. Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard
Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard is one of the most beautiful locations in Solvang. Over the years, the vineyard has grown to encompass 42 acres of land that stretches across the gorgeous sun-drenched mesa on the 106 acres eastern portion of the property.
This winery and vineyard were founded in 1968, with the first planting in 1983. Although it is one of the smaller vineyards and wineries, with only 38,000 vines, it is still one of the most spectacular. That’s why thousands of visitors flock to the Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard every year.
This is a must-visit location if you’re aiming to enjoy a nice glass of pinot noir in a picturesque garden setting with a food-friendly environment. If pinot noir is not to your liking, we recommend trying the 2016 POSH, a go-to drink for those who enjoy decadent dessert wines.
Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard
- 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, California 93463
- Phone: (805) 688-3032
- Website: buttonwoodwinery.com
2. Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard
If you’re looking for the creme de la creme of the wineries and vineyards in Solvang, you might consider visiting Casa Cassara. This winery and vineyard were awarded the 2020 Solvang Winery of the Year, and for a good reason. Not only does it have an inviting atmosphere and beautiful grounds, but it also has an extensive range of delicious wines.
For more than 30 years, this winery has been growing award-winning grapes in Santa Rita Hills. With three decades of experience, it’s easy to see why their wines are routinely the go-to option for many wine lovers. When you visit Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard, we recommend trying their best-selling 2018 Rose Sparkling Wine, 2017 Bennie’s Blend, and 2018 Grenache.
Casa Cassara Tasting Room
- 1607 Mission Drive, Suite 112, Solvang, CA 93463
- Phone: (805) 688-8691
- Website: ccwinery.com
3. Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
One of the vineyards that produce some of the most exceptional wines known to be of the highest quality is Lucas & Lewellen. This vineyard is a family-owned estate that has been selling an unparalleled wine experience for decades, which is why you should consider visiting it.
Unlike other vineyards in the area, Lucas & Lewellen has an almost endless selection. When visiting, you will have a wide assortment to choose from, but we recommend their vintage reds, dry whites, and red blends. In particular, you should look forward to trying the 2021 Viognier, with its crisp taste and delicious floral aromatics.
Lucas & Lewellen
- 1645 and 1650 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
- Phone: (805) 686-9336
- Website: www.llwine.com
4. Lincourt Vineyards
If you want a luxury wine-tasting experience with a charming backdrop, you should add Lincourt Vineyards to your list of must-visit places when visiting Solvang. This vineyard is a popular tourist stop because it serves guests only high-quality premium-tasting wines.
Perhaps no other winery has such a commitment to bottling luxury wines in the Solvang area. In addition, Lincourt Vineyards is a rarity with the talent and skills to craft outstanding full-bodied Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine bottle varieties. You’ll not see this everywhere, so visiting Lincourt Vineyards is a real treat.
We recommend trying the 2018 Lincourt Pinot Noir, as it’s one of the most famous wines from this winery. It has scrumptious black pepper, boysenberry, plum, and dark cherry scents and a smooth taste that makes it quite addictive. If you prefer sweeter wines, you should keep an eye out to try their 2021 Rose of Grenache wine, which has white peach and watermelon undertones. Yum!
- 1711 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, California, 93463
- Phone: (805) 688-8554
- Website: www.lincourtwines.com
5. Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
Although Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is one of Solvang’s younger wineries, it is still one of the most visited. This winery and vineyard were founded by pioneer Richard Sanford and his wife, Thekla, in 2005. The talented couple ran the business until they decided to sell it in 2014 to Bob and Barb Zorich, who has continued its success.
This winery and vineyard are settled in Solvang, but its home is on the Santa Rosa Hills, so you can imagine the beauty. With decades in the wine industry, it’s unsurprising that this winery has managed to specialize in crafting richly layered wines.
When you visit the relaxing but breathtaking wine-tasting room at Alma Rosa, you can look forward to a wide selection of Chardonnays, Rhone varietals, sparkling wines, and Pinot Noirs. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to enjoy the flavors that will burst upon your tongue with each sip.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
- 1623 Mission Dr., Ste M, Solvang, CA 93463
- Phone: (805) 691.9395
- Website: almarosawinery.com
6. Rusack Vineyards
Since 2003 Rusack Vineyards has been creating multiple wines that have become immensely popular with residents and tourists. Although this vineyard is one of the younger ones in Solvang, it isn’t any less visitable.
This boutique vineyard and winery can be found in the picturesque Ballard Canyon. For over two decades, Rusack has been crafting world-class handmade wines that people—like you—can’t get enough of.
Many of their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs have recently won awards, so you should try a few glasses from these bottles. We recommend sipping on the 2018 Chardonnay or the 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir, as these are some of the most flavorful options offered by Rusack Vineyards. We promise it will be worth the trip!
- 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang, California 93463
- Phone: (805) 688-1278
- Website: www.rusack.com
7. Royal Oaks Winery
Do you enjoy pairing your wine with a tasty morsel of chocolate? If so, you’ll certainly want to add the Royal Oaks Winery to your list of must-visit places in Solvang. This winery has hand-crafted luxurious chocolates made specifically for its wine tastings by an expert chocolatier.
In addition to these delectable chocolates, this winery has a laid-back atmosphere and relaxing vibe, which makes it perfect for those who enjoy a cozy setting when trying new wines. Unsurprisingly, the Royal Oaks Winery carries many exquisite dessert and sweet wines, but they also offer a few drier options for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth.
Essentially, you can look forward to a wide variety of white wines, fruit wines, roses, and reds. We recommend having a glass of their 2019 Chardonnay or 2013 Royal Rose, as they are delicious!
Royal Oaks Winery
- 1687 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
- Phone: (805) 693-1740
- Website: www.royaloakswinery.com
Book A Stay At The King Frederik Inn To Visit The Best Wineries & Vineyards In Solvang, CA
With so many wineries and vineyards to visit, you’ll need to book a stay at The King Frederik Inn in Solvang. Booking a stay with us will ensure you have time to leisurely visit these amazing wineries and vineyards without worrying about transporting yourself home after a few delicious tastings. You can contact us here or head on to our immersive site if you want to learn more about what we offer. We look forward to hosting you!