Soon after you enter the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley, you know that this place is more than just a wine country region.
Entrapped within its rolling hills, rustic wine tasting rooms, ranches and other tourist attractions is the thrum of its heritage, the rich history that brings together Californian, western and foreign cultures together.
The consistently clear weather is ideal, whether you are out for a picnic at Nojoqui Falls Park in Solvang, taking a hike trip through San Rafael Mountain range, or weaving through the wine tasting rooms along the Buellton trail. Every place you go will offer you something different in art, food, music, and even wine.
So, let’s see where it all started, shall we?
Blast From The Past
Each town that now makes up the entirety of Santa Ynez Valley was established between the late 19th and early 20th century. To look into a few renowned ones, Santa Ynez was established in 1882, followed by Los Olivos in 1887. The start of 20th century saw two new more of these culture-rich regions; Solvang was established in 1911, and Buellton in 1920.