Lompoc is located northwest of Santa Barbara where Highways 1 and 246 meet. The Wine Ghetto is pretty much at that intersection, with other in-town wineries located a short distance west. The Wine Trail is a loop -- east on Highway 246 towards Buellton, then back along Santa Rosa Road, and Highway 1 (or the other direction). Check one of our maps for details and directions.
Tasting Room Hours
Lompoc/Lompoc Wine Ghetto
Typically from Thursday through Sunday, with a couple places open on Mondays. Don't come mid-week or you'll be disappointed, unless you have pre-arranged some private tastings by appointment.
Generally open 7 days per week. Check each listing for their specific hours of operation, or to see if private tasting appointments are available.
Given its proximity of about 45 minutes drive from Santa Barbara, it is very easy secure accommodations anywhere from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria, as well as out in the Santa Ynez Valley, including Solvang, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez. Ideally though, if you're planning on really spending time here, your best place to stay is at one of the many hotels in Lompoc, or Buellton.
For a list of places to stay, check out our Local Recommendations page.
There are too many places to properly taste in one day, and even for one weekend. Get a map and plan where you're going ahead of time. Check out the Yelp reviews (most wineries have their own review page, and you'll likely find a special check-in promotion as well!), or ask other tasters you bump into where they'd recommend. People around here are really friendly and are always happy to give suggestions.
Come early. Some days are pretty busy! Places generally start to open by 11:00 am. If you're there early, then you can take your time going through the various lineups at the wineries you visit that day.
There are many wineries here. Each place is pouring an average of around five or six wines with each tasting.
Fees are usually around $10 per person. Some places include tasting fees in the price, but this is the exception and not the rule.
Large groups are really tough for some wineries to accommodate. If you have a party of six or more, it really helps if you call ahead. Some won't have room for you all at once, but the ones that can, will try to have you come at a time when they have extra staff on, or when they know its slower and can still give your group the attention you deserve.
Pack a lunch! There are no food services in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto (due to city zoning restrictions), or along the Wine Trail. Take some lunch or snacks so that you can enjoy your visiting a number of different tasting rooms throughout the day without having to leave. Many of the tasting rooms have provided picnic tables for you to relax at. As well there are a couple tasting rooms where you can purchase some non-alcoholic beverages, and very light snacks.
If you're at the Wine Ghetto and you're wanting some shade and a little bit of nature, head down the road to River Park (see green marker on map inset: right). It's about 10 minutes on foot in case you've already enjoyed a few glasses of wine.
If you're tasting at the other wineries in Lompoc, there are a variety of restaurants. Check out our Local Recommendations page.