Summer is the best time to go to Santa Barbara to enjoy its downtown beaches and coastal climate. Going on a wine tour in Santa Barbara is interesting and popular over the years. You can taste some of Santa Barbara's specialty wines like Chardonnays and Pinot Noir as well as the complicated yet beautiful process of grape growing.
In the months of June to September, Santa Barbara is packed with exciting events and festivities. Some wineries host fun-filled activities like photo contests, symposiums, movie nights, and chocolate tasting throughout summer. But the main attraction is the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade. It is the most popular and largest event every year. It is a grand event filled with outrageous floats, street fairs, concerts, and theater performances that you can check out while in Santa Barbara.
The weather in Santa Barbara is very ideal for tourists and wine enthusiasts alike. It is hot in most areas of the wine country but regions closer to the Pacific are cooler which makes wine tours a more pleasurable experience. During daytime, the climate is warm and sunny while at nighttime, the wind is cool and crisp. At noon, you can set up a picnic in one of the picture perfect spots in the wineries and at night you can enjoy a stroll at the beach.
During summer, the vegetation in wine regions is lush providing a greener and more relaxing atmosphere. You will also get to witness the grapes in their most crucial stage in their growth cycle. Growing grapes is very delicate and too much heat or too much cold can upset the entire process. But if all goes well, vineyard owners will celebrate a great harvest in the months of September and October. This is one of the busiest times of the year and crowds can be expected. But you can always set up an appointment with the wineries ahead of time to avoid the busiest days.
Going on a wine tour in Santa Barbara during summer can be a fun and educational way to spend your vacation. Whether you go there for a day or for a whole weekend, you will have exciting and worthwhile memories that you will truly cherish.