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California’s Santa Ynez Valley wine country has never been closer

Dreaming of a trip to wine country this summer or fall? A visit to the Santa Ynez Valley, the unofficial capital of California’s Central Coast wine country, has never been closer to reality thanks to as many as 25 daily non-stop arrivals from 12 major markets.

Among those markets, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland/East Bay, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle residents now have direct access to the popular yet humble wine region made famous by Alexander Payne’s 2004 film Sideways.

California's Santa Ynez Valley wine country has never been closer
Credit: Visit the Santa Ynez

With flight times ranging from just over 45 minutes (Los Angeles) to just under four hours (Chicago) gate to gate, and favorable flight times for connecting from other markets, wine lovers can be relaxing and tasting wine in the Santa Ynez Valley sooner than they think.

For more information on traveling to the Santa Ynez Valley, or to research attractions, book lodging and activities, and create a custom travel itinerary, visit

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