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Gainey Vineyard

Address: 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, CA 93460
Phone Number: 888-424-6398
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Ranked #42 of 146 things to do in Santa Barbara
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As part of a 50th birthday extravaganza, Gainey was one of the stops we made making our way back down from Napa. Although I was a little surprised how dark the tasting room was (it was hard to really see the color and viscosity), the staff managed to sell the wines by description alone. Noreen (loved her!!!) and Melissa (who... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is my favorite picnic spot in the wineries. We live in Santa Barbara, 25 miles away from Gainey, and we take our out-of-town guests to this winery or Sunstone Winery (second best because of the dust) every time we have a sunny day. Firestone used to be second best, but we discovered about 2012 that they had removed their... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This winery is beautiful. I love the barrel room and back rooms that are now used for tasting. This time there was more merchandise set up which took away from the feel and charm that it previously had. I've been tasting here since 2004. It's usually the first stop because after driving up from OC, I'm ready to hit a... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

An absolute must is the merlot. The service was OK and I didn't feel like the people serving didn't stand out. The merlot was one of the best I've ever had. Great body and full flavored. I feel like the set up for the tasting could have been better but the atmosphere was really nice

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Our wine guide, Aaron, was super. Made our wine tasting fun and educational. He personalized his approach to wine and drew us into the conversation. We enjoyed the wine very much along with its gift shop.

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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Gainey Vineyards was a lovely first stop on our wine tour of the area. The vineyard itself is lovely and picturesque with beautiful trees lining the drive and a gorgeous private event space in the back. Aesthetically the space inside and out was designed well and brought the brand to life. The tasting room had a cozy warm feel with... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We bought a bottle of white wine and had a picnic outside. The views and surroundings are truly amazing. Very sweet and knowledgeable people at the winery. Gave us a free sip to try out our wine.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We drove up to Gainey Vineyards for the afternoon from Santa Barbara and had a lovely time--it was a quick 30 minute drive with beautiful scenery and the wine was fantastic! We did the tasting and then bought a bottle, along with some cheese and crackers at sat outside to enjoy the weather and the wine. The merlot was our... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This micro vineyard is amazing. The grounds are beautiful and the staff respect both the surrounds and the environment and their wines taste great. They also sell speciality vinaigrettes, we took some of the tangerine one home. Around the grounds, their are old barns that have been used in Hollywood movies. This place is really charming and worth a visit.

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Pismo Beach, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Visited on my birthday many years after my wife and I had visited during our honeymoon. Much had changed. $15 dollar tastings were higher than the $10 dollars now normally charged by wineries in San Luis Obispo County. If you bought a bottle, the fee was still $15. If you do buy a bottle, bring your own opener because they... More 

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