The Bar in our Tasting Room


Hartley and Ostini strive to create flavorful handcrafted wines that possess poise and balance, putting a slice of Santa Barbara in each glass, and a piece of their soul in every bottle of Hitching Post. 

The Traditional Tasting at Hitching Post Wines priced at $25 per guest offers a flight of five Hitching Post Wines.

A Reserve Tasting, priced at $30 per guest, includes five wines featuring rare single-vineyard bottling and special older vintages of Hitching Post.

We also offer a white wine flight of 4 Hitching Post wines, priced at $20 per guest. 

For those seeking the ultimate experience, Hitching Post Wines offers customized Private Winemaker Tastings with Gray Hartley or Frank Ostini for $60 per guest and by appointment only.


Hitching Post Wines would not be complete without the added flavor of Hitching Post 2’s Santa Maria Style BBQ food pairings to enjoy while tasting. Classic crowd-pleasing favorites served from the restaurant include HP Burgers; Triple-Fried French Fries; Santa Maria BBQ Artichokes; and Grilled Corn Quesadillas.

Here's the appetizer/snacks menu served 2:30 - 4:00 pm

The Site

Hitching Post Wines is set in a mid-century farmhouse off the 246 Highway with trailing walkways and outdoor seating areas banking a view of the Santa Ynez Mountain landscape. The tasting room building covers 2,000 square feet and sits on nearly twelve acres of land, landscaped by red oak trees, including a 200-year-old tree greeting passers-by in the front of the property. Rustic corral fencing frames the building and main property and encloses a red bark-covered landscape with decomposed granite and native plants scattered with picnic tables and ample seating areas covered by shade screens.

The charming cottage has a gray exterior trimmed in white accents and window shutters. Guests first view a cast iron Hitching Post brand inlaid into the polished concrete floor when entering the front door. To the west, the main tasting room boasts original oak floors and a fireplace dating from before 1950. The color palette includes warm stone grays with details of white, copper and bronze. To the east, there is a private tasting room ensconced in gray wainscoting accented by a distressed corrugated tin ceiling. Separating the two wings is a secondary tasting room showcasing historical photos of Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley with a timeline of Hitching Post wines. The tasting bars are covered in burnished copper and composed of repurposed barn-wood siding, copper piping footrests and illuminated by oil-rubbed bronzed and copper farmhouse hanging fixtures.

Throughout the property are walkways and casual picnic areas that invite guests to linger over a bottle of wine while taking in the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains and river landscape. Dogs with attending families are welcome.

See the interesting history of the building ...