McClain Cellars - Buellton
Guests can have a private wine tasting, light snacks, charcuterie & cheese boards, access to the winemaker and owners and much more. They also offer homemade artisan popcorn tastings, olive oils & vinegar tastings as well as wine appreciation classes. The wine ambassadors on hand are knowledgeable of the wines and eager to share the story of the McClain family to their guests.
5 Star Wine Tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley
Multiple dates availableAward-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
They seamed to have a fair selection, we just opted to not eat.
Thank you so much for your review, David. We are so sorry we were not able to win 5 stars because we’re not a restaurant :( We do hope that your overall experience at our winery was a pleasant one and we hope to have you back in soon so that we can earn 5/5 stars for your experience with us!
Enjoyed tasting , cozy, comfortable spot, music was good. I think our server was a little overwhelmed by the # of people and our wine tasting info was a little rushed, but she was very pleasant. Nice outdoor atmosphere for Buellton. Loved the wine names & the backdrop stories.
This would be a fun and funky place for a brewery. The decor and ambiance has much more of a beer culture vibe. However, in an area filled with places that have much more serious wine to taste, this feels a bit off. Fun place to hang. But not very good wine, unfortunately, and nothing about it, including the knowledge of the "ambassadors," indicates otherwise. Go for fun, but dont expect serious wine.
Sharon, we're so glad that you like our ambiance and decor. It reflects who we are as a brand, which is not your typical winery. I am sorry that you did not find a wine that you liked. Wine tasting is completely subjective to the palate of the guest & very personal. I can assure you, a lot of seriousness goes into making each & every one one of our wines, & our ambassadors must pass a rigorous test before serving. I would love the chance to serve you again & try to find a wine that you like :)
Absolute lately incredible experience.
Loved the wines and inneraction.
Expensive wine that’s only marginal
Excellent wines along with great people pouring them is what you'll get when you visit McClain Cellars. Ask for Brooke she's fantastic.
My cousin and I can’t wait to go back it was like sitting in friends backyard enjoying time and conversation over wine
Great activity in the SYV wine country. There are many tasting rooms to choose from and we made the right choice. With McClain’s.
Our server was knowledgeable.
The only reason I did not give 5 stars on the ambience is because we needed to enjoy our experience under the tent because of the wind. The tent had clear side panels and we had a small fireplace, so it was comfortable. I would like to visit some time when it is warmer and the live band is in action.
The setting was very pleasant. The food was good, even though it was packaged and very expensive. The wine was very good, especially the reds. The winery required a certain level of purchases in order to watch the entertainment, and the pricing structure and minimum types of purchases were very confusing--even the server didn't understand it fully. A simple minimum dollar amount of purchases would have been simpler and made more sense.
Thank you so much for your feedback, Thomas! We have definitely tried to simplify the minimum purchase requirements so that hopefully it's not confusing in the future. We hope that you come to try us again soon!
Wines, ambiance, energy, attentiveness, and personality of the staff were outstanding! We had a great time tasting wine and talking with Brooke about all the different varietals and options they offer. She really gave a sense of how and why each wine was created. I would recommend McClain Cellars if you are looking for a great time, great wines and casual yet upbeat environment. They offer a wide variety of red blends that are all excellent. Their single varietals were excellent as well. When passing through Buellton it’s must stop for a relaxing afternoon! Thanks Brooke and McClain’s entire team for making our afternoon!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind words about Brooke, our staff, and your experience with us! It truly means the world to us to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. We hope to see you back again soon!
We only went here because it got 5 star reviews.....what I should have looked at was the prices of their bottles as well. The server wouldn't allow us to eat our own cheese and nuts, even though we were the only ones there. We had to buy their pricey cheese and crackers. We had to ask for napkins. She was not that friendly. Their wines were just OK, but they were priced at $65 and up! We had already experienced wonderful wine that was reasonably priced at many other wineries before this. This one was an epic fail.
Karen, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. Our policy since day one has always been to not allow outside food, as we have food for purchase at our location. We really focus our efforts on the experience and the wine and we are sorry to hear we did not live up to your expectations. Finding the right wine is so much about what you like, more so than a price... wine is so subjective.... hard to put a price on what you enjoy. :-) There are lots of wineries to choose from and we appreciate you for giving us a try.
Great outdoor socially distanced space to taste wine and enjoy a relaxing experience. The Wine Ambassador was knowledgeable about the wines and very attentive. A relaxing time with friends and great wine.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We truly appreciate you, and your support, and hope to see you again soon!
Wine tasting and live music always go well together. Adrian Galysh played and sang great tunes from 1 to 4pm. Brooke provided excellent service. Very open outdoor area to relax and enjoy some wine.
Prices for tasting were very high; requirements for minimum orders meant you would have to spend almost $100. to taste there. No outside food allowed - forced to order their very small portion, overpriced offerings. Location in a parking lot not great either. Won't go back.
Thanks for coming out for a visit. Sorry, we did not have what you are looking for. We have no minimums unless your goal is to come out and just listen to our live music on the weekend. As a winery, we want our guests to enjoy the music with our wine. Other than when we have live music we are pretty flexible. :) Sorry you did not a great experience.
The owner and his crew are friendly, informative and professional. Their wine is some of the best California has to offer.
I have never been disappointed when I visit McClain Cellars.
A good time will be had by all.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We appreciate your kind words about our staff and our wine and look forward to seeing you in the lounge again soon!
Had to check them out before the lockdown. Amazing service, wonderful ambiance, and delicious wines. I left with four bottles!
Thank you so much for your kind words and your review! We're so happy that you had a great time and enjoyed the wines. We hope to see you again soon once the lockdown is lifted!
You can order delivery directly from McClain Cellars - Buellton using the Order Online button. McClain Cellars - Buellton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 426-4441.
McClain Cellars - Buellton is rated 4.3 stars by 18 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.