More than 20 of Santa Barbara County's trailblazing vintners will be the focus of an afternoon wine tasting event at the Solvang Veterans' Memorial Hall on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Morgan Clendenen, winemaker/owner of Cold Heaven Cellars in Buellton, has organized the event, and said that proceeds from this first event will benefit Arts Outreach of the Santa Ynez Valley.

“After expenses, most of the proceeds will go to Arts Outreach, but we will keep a bit of seed money for the spring tasting,” Clendenen said.

The 2017 vintage is the 47th for a handful of pioneering winemakers who focused on turning Santa Barbara County into a world-class wine destination. The younger producers who have followed in the pioneers’ footsteps have those early visionaries to thank for being such good stewards of the land.

The debut tasting features a general tasting from 2 to 5 p.m., with a VIP champagne after-party and reception with the winemakers from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“It is an extraordinary venue for those who want a hands-on experience with the titans of our industry,” Clendenen said.

Winemakers scheduled to participate as of Nov. 3 include those from Andrew Murray Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, Babcock, Beckmen, Brander, Cold Heaven Cellars, D’Alfonso-Curran, Fiddlehead Cellars, Firestone, Foxen, Hitching Post, Ken Brown, Kita Wines, Lucas & Lewellen, Lumen, Margerum Wine Co., Qupe, Sanford, Shokrian, Verdad, Whitcraft and Zaca Mesa.

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Tickets for the tasting are $38 in advance and $45 at the door, and $35 for the reception. Visit www.pioneersofsantabarbaracounty.com for tickets and more information. Early-bird ticket sales of $73 for both tastings are available through Nov. 9.

For more information, email Clendenen at morgan.pioneersofsbc@gmail.com.

From the Mission era of early California through the Ranchero and Pueblo eras, winemakers in Santa Barbara County have combined traditional techniques with the latest cutting-edge viticultural and cellar practice to craft their wines.

While it started with just a handful of producers, Santa Barbara County now comprises more than 200 wineries, six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and vineyards that grow more than 50 grape varieties.

The nonprofit Arts Outreach started in 1980 with five volunteer artists as an arts-in-school program. Today, it has grown to a collaboration of more than 70 professional artists who promote the visual, literary and musical arts in the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos valleys.

The organization serves more than 3,000 students and residents of Santa Barbara County. Program activities include elementary school classroom workshops and ongoing art curriculum led by artists in residence, summertime arts and drama programs; after school art; semi-monthly Elder Arts entertainment; and the annual Applause Young Artists program.

The Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall is located at 1745 Mission Drive (Highway 246).