The Los Alamos Valley has the most vineyard acreage of any area of Santa Barbara County. With the cool ocean breezes wafting in over Lompoc and Vandenberg AFB, the valley is one of the coolest growing regions in California. The climate here is well suited to growing chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah, viognier etc. Small vineyards have been around the valley for many years and now the big boys have discovered it's potential.
Beringer & Meridian, Kendall Jackson, Sutter Home, to name a few, have vineyards on both ends of town. A drive along highway 135 toward Santa Maria will take you through some of these large acreage vineyards.
There are projects underway along highway 135. Both Kendall Jackson Wine Estates and Beringer, parent company of Meridian, have applied with the county to build processing facilities. Beringer would like to put its facility on White Hills Vineyard just west of Los Alamos.
Closer to town on highway 135, and on a much smaller scale, is Camp I, where Michael Werk is in the process of applying for a winery permit. He has already planted 4 acres of chardonnay and pinot noir with 9 acres to yet be planted. He anticipates making 7500 cases a year when in full production.