When are you open?
Typically you'll be able to taste along the Wine Trail through the Sta. Rita Hills any day of the week from around 11 am to 5 pm. The Wine Ghetto and Lompoc tasting rooms are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, with some open Monday and Thursday. Everyone is open on weekends. See each winery listing for their hours of operation.
Can I bring my children?
By law, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to be in our tasting rooms.
Do I need I.D.?
The law requires that you be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol. If you, or a member of your party appears to be under the age of 21 expect to be asked to see valid government issued photo I.D. If you've been of legal age for quite some time, consider it a compliment! If you don't have I.D., unfortunately we are not allowed to serve you.
Can I bring my dog?
Most tasting rooms are dog friendly. Etiquette would recommend that your dog be on leash, house trained and friendly. Pop your head into the tasting room, or call ahead just to confirm that your furry friend is OK. Remember that it can get pretty warm out on the Wine Trail, so plan accordingly. Service dogs are always welcome everywhere.
The wine is great, but where is the food?
Pack a lunch! You can usually find a picnic table where you are welcome to sit and have a break from tasting. Some tasting rooms sell non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. New Vineland bakery has recently opened in the Wine Ghetto, and often has fresh bread samples. Check them out at the back of Piedrasassi.
Can I meet the winemaker?
At small wineries, chances are good that they are the person pouring your wine. If not, he or she is probably hanging off a stack of barrels getting samples and tinkering. Ask around. You'll be sure to meet some! Though more elusive at the larger wineries, they are still around most of the time and often enjoy talking about their work.
Is the Lompoc Wine Ghetto a co-op?
No. Each winery is independently owned and operated. There is often sharing of equipment, ideas and help amongst the wineries here, but we still ultimately do our own thing.
With a name like Wine Ghetto, why is the wine more than $10 a bottle?
We have embraced the moniker that we were given more than a decade ago, but do not let it fool you into thinking we make cheap wines. The wines here are world-class, and still offered at very competitive prices. Perhaps you were looking for BevMo?
Can we have a bachelor(ette) party there?
There are always exceptions, however, many tasting rooms do not accommodate large groups. They require extra room and staffing (and sometimes a mop bucket and a hose). Contact us for more information if you really think your party will be better than the last one.
What about a large group?
See previous. Some of the larger wineries in the Sta. Rita Hills can easily accommodate larger groups. In Lompoc the wineries tend to be smaller, however, there are some places that will work together to accommodate groups, by spreading the group out for the afternoon. Contact us and we will try to work with you.
Do you have private tastings?
Yes, if you're serious about wine. Please contact the wineries directly and set up an appointment to taste in or out of regular tasting hours.
Are there any events?
Yes. Sometimes only some of the wineries participate, and sometimes all of them do. Join us our mailing list (below) and we'll keep you up to date.