Why The Santa Ynez Valley?

Why The Santa Ynez Valley?

Why The Santa Ynez Valley?

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Region explained. It’s a beautiful region in California that is renowned for its diverse and high-quality wine offerings. Located just north of Los Angeles, this region spans over 50 miles of stunning California coastline and rolling hills, and it features a variety of microclimates and soils that contribute to the unique flavors of its wines. In 2001, we received the honor of “Wine Region of the World” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The Santa Ynez Valley within Santa Barbara Wine Country is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in Santa Barbara County, California, and is widely regarded as one of the premier wine regions in the United States. The region features a range of microclimates, soils, and elevations that contribute to the unique character and flavor profiles of its wines. Within the Santa Ynez Valley, there are four distinct AVAs, each with its own unique characteristics: Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, and Los Olivos District.

The Santa Barbara County has a long and rich history of winemaking that dates back to the Spanish colonial era in the 18th century. However, it was not until the 1970s that the region gained recognition for producing wines of exceptional quality. This was largely due to the pioneering efforts of vintners like Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict, who recognized the potential of the region’s unique terroir.

Today, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to over 200 wineries and tasting rooms, and it produces a wide range of varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. The region’s diverse terroir means that each vineyard produces wines with unique flavor profiles, ranging from earthy and spicy to fruity and floral.

One of the key factors that contribute to the Santa Ynez Valley’s success is its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The cool coastal breezes that sweep through the region help to moderate temperatures and create a long growing season, which allows the grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors. The Santa Ynez Valley is known for its diverse soil types, which play a crucial role in the quality and character of the wines produced in the region. In addition, the region’s unique east-west orientation means that vineyards receive ample sunlight throughout the day, which is ideal for producing high-quality grapes.

Another key factor that contributes to the Santa Ynez Valley’s success is the region’s commitment to sustainable farming practices. Many of the region’s winemakers have adopted organic and biodynamic farming methods, which not only help to preserve the health of the soil and the environment but also result in wines with more complex and nuanced flavors.

Overall, the Santa Ynez Valley is a must-visit destination for wine lovers and anyone who appreciates the beauty of California’s Central Coast. With its stunning vistas, diverse terroir, and commitment to sustainable farming practices, this region produces wines of exceptional quality that are sure to please even the most discerning palates. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, the Santa Barbara Wine Country is the perfect place to explore and discover new flavors and experiences.



May 14th update

May 14th update

We anticipate and are excited to be offering our Wine Tours beginning June 15, 2020


Dear Valued Customers,

I would like to address our commitment regarding COVID-19 safety precautions and your Wine Tour experience with Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours, Inc. 

First, all vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each tour. Our Tour Hosts will keep their hands sanitized and not shake hands with guests as a safety precaution. They will also have hand sanitizer available and will encourage each guest to either wash their hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer each time prior to boarding Van. Throughout the Tour, they will be wiping the van door handles and hard services with appropriate disinfectant. Furthermore, each Tour Host will be wearing a proper face covering while in the vehicle.

We will also be carefully following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.  These are as follows:  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. – Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as handles, seatbelt buckles, air vents, buttons, and armrests using a disinfectant wipe. – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. – If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. – Avoid touching your face.

I’ve provided this information so you can be assured and confident with your upcoming Wine Tour experience.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours Truly,

Eric John Reynolds – President

Stagecoach Co Wine Tours, Inc.

Wine Tour Gift Certificates, the gift of a new experience!

Wine Tour Gift Certificates, the gift of a new experience!

Wine Tour Gift Certificates make great presents. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your gift-giving strategies. Don’t rush to find something that your recipient probably doesn’t need. This year, why not give the gift of a new experience?

Our gift certificates are the perfect gift for friends, family, and co-workers! There is no better way to show someone you appreciate them, than to treat them to a day spent in our beautiful Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Gift Certificates for our all-inclusive Wine Tours include luxury transportation from almost anywhere in Santa Barbara County. Whether, they are staying in Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, or anywhere in the Santa Ynez Valley we will pick them up for a great day of wine tasting. All tasting fees at three or four premium local wineries; a delicious picnic lunch provided by our local organic marketplace; an expert Tour Host with extensive knowledge of the geography, history and wines or our region, and plenty of bottled water!

Gift Certificates can be for our Wine Lover’s Group Tour, our Private Wine Tours, or purchased in any denomination that can be applied to a future tour. They don’t expire, the recipient/guest has the freedom to schedule their tour for any time they like. Plus, we offer volume discounts for offices, co-workers and larger groups. It couldn’t be easier!

Take the headache out of Holiday gift giving – treat the wine lovers in your life to a wine tour gift certificate for an amazing day with us in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country!

With over 18 year experience we are the best choice! We will make planning there trip with a gift certificate a breeze!

We have sold thousands of wine tour gift certificates over the years an we are the number 1 attraction in the Santa Ynez Valley with over 250 five star TripAdvisor reviews. We maintain a five-star rating on Yelp!

Our wine tour van parked at a beautiful venue.
Holiday Transportation provided by Stagecoach Co.

Holiday Transportation provided by Stagecoach Co.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about your transportation needs.

As you most likely know, Stagecoach Co. isn’t just the best Wine Tour Company in the Santa Ynez Valley. We also offer By-the-Hour and Full-Day shuttle services for company gatherings, holiday parties, and on- and off-site events.

Please see the link below to view our fleet of Mercedes Sprinters and 24-passenger executive Mini Coach:

Feel free to give us a call or email to discuss your potential needs and options. We are here Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and Saturday from 9:00am – 12:30pm.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support! We value our ongoing relationship.

The Magic of Midweek in Santa Barbara Wine Country

The Magic of Midweek in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Stagecoach Midweek Wine Tours

When most people think about planning a Santa Barbara Wine Country getaway, they think of planning their wine tours for long weekends or holidays. But the experienced traveler will recognize that often, the very best wine tour experience in Santa Barbara County can be found Midweek – particularly in the summer months. Wine Lovers from around the world flock to Santa Barbara Wine Country during this peak season, making for busy weekends here in the Santa Ynez Valley.

If you seek an even more relaxed wine country experience, joining us for a wine tour Monday through Friday has many benefits:

  • Like most hotels in Santa Barbara County, we offer a Midweek Special rate for all of our Wine Lovers tours. We are also offering a Summer Special you won’t want to miss!
  • The wineries here in the Santa Ynez Valley are less busy Monday through Friday. This allows for each winery’s  staff to give our wine tour clients an even more personalized experience.
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country is an exceptionally beautiful place – especially when there is no traffic! Fewer tourists during the week creates a more leisurely, unhurried atmosphere for all of our guests.
  • All of this means more time among the vines, enjoying all that Santa Barbara Wine Country has to offer!

If your schedule allows, we highly recommend a Midweek Wine Tour this summer. Feel free to give us a call or check our availability online, anytime. We look forward to seeing you soon!