Skip to main content


The 2nd Annual Vintners 5 Miler presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is a unique trail run through the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards in the beautiful Santa Rita Hills. Runners and walkers will be treated to one of the most unique experiences on the Central Coast! New in 2016 will be a Wine Walk for those who wish to enjoy a more leisurely stroll through the vineyard.

Along with the run, a family-friendly festival welcomes everyone of all ages to celebrate the coming harvest from Santa Barbara’s wine region. This can't miss festival will provide you with exclusive tastings of some of the best regional food and wine as well as live music to enjoy it with! For any kids attending there will be a family zone with games and a bounce house. Proceeds of the event support the Vintners Foundation programming. Watch the video, register and learn more about the event below...

Registration fees

Vintners 5 Mile Run & Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • 1 Festival ticket included; additional festival tickets available during the registration process. T-shirt guarantee DEADLINE is July 3.

    1. Closed
      Mar 31 – Apr 11
    2. $50.00
      Apr 11 – Apr 30
    3. $65.00
      May 1 – May 31
    4. $75.00
      Jun 1 – Jul 3
    5. $75.00
      Jul 4 – Jul 21

Wine & Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • 1 Festival ticket included; additional festival tickets available during the registration process. T-shirt guarantee DEADLINE is July 3.

    1. Closed
      Mar 31 – Apr 11
    2. $50.00
      Apr 11 – Apr 30
    3. $65.00
      May 1 – May 31
    4. $75.00
      Jun 1 – Jul 3
    5. $75.00
      Jul 4 – Jul 21

Run & Walk Details

The 2nd Annual Vintners 5 Miler on Saturday, July 23, 2016 will begin at 9:00am with both the 5 Mile Run and 1 Mile Wine Walk. The Finish Line Festival will begin at approximately 10:00am.

The Vintners 5 Mile race is a unique trail race starting at the Sanford Winery Tasting Room parking lot, proceeding for 1.75 miles around the relatively flat lima bean field. Just before the 2-mile mark runners will head for the hills with 350 feet of elevation and be rewarded with one of the best views in the valley from the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. The final 2 miles, as runners head back to the finish line adjacent to the Sanford Winery Tasting Room, is primarily downhill with some light rolling hills. 

The Vintners 1 Mile Wine Walk will take you through a unique leisurely stroll through the Sanford vineyards.

Both courses are open to all abilities with no-minimum finishing time requirements. Walkers are welcome.

Limited entries, so reserve your spot today!  With every registration, runners will receive some of the best and most unique event rewards:

  • Commemorative wine-medal
  • Exclusive finisher t-shirts
  • Finish Line Festival ticket (see below for details)
  • *NEW* Commemorative wine glass (ages 21+) sponsored by Union Bank
  • Music by local artists
  • Only registered participants can invite & purchase "Festival Only"tickets for friends & family
Thank you to Union Bank for sponsoring this year's Finish Line Festival and participant wine glasses!

Packet Pickup and Race Day

Packet pick-up and day-of registration will be available on race day beginning at 7:30am on Saturday, July 23 at Sanford Winery.

Finish Line Festival  

The Vintners 5 Miler post-race Festival is a family-friendly event not only celebrating the accomplishments of all the runners, but the incredible wine, food & music that Santa Barbara County offers. The festival includes a bounce house and games for kids of all ages.

Sponsor Wineries

Sponsor Restaurants and Tentative Menu

  • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara - House-made rosemary and roasted garlic focaccia; Wagyu brisket pastrami style sandwich; coleslaw; dessert; Chef's Javier "Energy Bar" (peanut butter, honey almond, dry apricots and oats)
  • Hitching Post II - Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers with a summer pasta salad
  • Industrial Eats - Porcini parmesan sausage topped with soft scrambled egg and summer truffle; heirloom tomato-melon salad
  • Scratch Kitchen - Pork Belly Bao Steamed Buns
Musical Guests - David Courtney


Prizes will be awarded in the following timed categories:

  • Overall Male & Female Winners
  • Silver & Bronze Medal Finishers, Male & Female
  • Gold, Silver & Bronze for Male & Female age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-plus


Teams of 5 or more will receive a $5 discount on their registration upon hitting the 5 team member mark. Also, teams will have a chance at winning some great prizes from participating wineries and partners!

  • Most participants
  • Best average finishing time
  • Awesome wine themed costume

Thank You Sponsors & Partners!






About the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation

The Vintners 5 Miler was conceived by Sanford Winery’s Winemaker & General Manager, Steve Fennell. An avid runner, Steve dreamed of hosting a community inspired race in the beautiful Sta. Rita Hills. As a member of the Vintners Foundation Board, the idea was put in motion to host a unique event to benefit the Foundation and the local communities in which it serves.

A sustainable vineyard. A sustainable community. A sustainable world. On a strong Foundation. The non-profit Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is the charitable umbrella under which the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association conducts its philanthropic work.

We welcome your consideration for a donation during your registration. Thank you! Find out more about the Foundation

Event Schedule

  • July 22 10:00 AM PDT - Pre-Race Packet Pickup (TBD - Santa Ynez Valley)

  • July 23 9:00 AM PDT - 5 Mile Run & 1 Mile Walk

  • July 23 10:00 AM PDT - Finish Line Festival Opens

Contact Information

Event Location

Sanford Winery, Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, CA, United States

Click here to view map