Santa Rosa Road

Want to ride through wine country?
This is your route.

The Ride

Film buffs will enjoy riding where “Sideways” was filmed in 2004, but if you hit half of the local wineries and tasting rooms, you’ll never finish your ride: Alma Rosa, Terravant, Pench Ranch, Spear, Clos Pepe – and you’re not halfway yet. After lunch in Lompoc you’ll return via Santa Rosa Rd where you’ll pass D’Alfonso & Curran, Sanford, Fiddlestix, LaFond, and Thorne near the end of this ride.

Beer drinkers will head to Buellton’s Figueroa Mountain and Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

Experience Level

A moderate level ride, the route follows busy 246 to Lompoc, a great spot for lunch. You’ll be riding the shoulder on pavement that is in the process of being refreshed.

Wineries

Film buffs will enjoy riding where “Sideways” was filmed in 2004, but if you hit half of the local wineries and tasting rooms, you’ll never finish your ride: Alma Rosa, Terravant, Pench Ranch, Spear, Clos Pepe – and you’re not halfway yet. After lunch in Lompoc you’ll return via Santa Rosa Rd where you’ll pass D’Alfonso & Curran, Sanford, Fiddlestix, LaFond, and Thorne near the end of this ride.

Beer drinkers will head to Buellton’s Figueroa Mountain and Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

How to get here

One option is to take the AMTRAK Pacific Surfliner to the tiny Surf Station, and do this ride starting and ending from Lompoc.

Passing-through riders will be tempted as the Pacific Coast Bike Route takes you straight into Lompoc – after riding Santa Rosa Road east to Buellton, you can then hop on the southbound 101 Fwy.

Where to go from here

From Buellton head over to Los Olivos where 3 great rides start: Foxen Canyon Road, Christine’s Los Olivos Loop, and the Figueroa Mountain Loop.

Then when it’s time to head south consider Refugio Pass.


Photo credit: Frank Peters