The Oscar award winning film “Sideways” was filmed almost entirely on-location throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Fox Searchlight feature film “Sideways” premiered in Fall 2004 and won numerous awards including an Oscar and two Golden Globes. The tale of two middle-aged men and the women they meet on a week-long wine tasting adventure brought world-wide recognition to the area. One of a number of movies filmed in Solvang, visitors can personally experience real-life scenes from the movie with specialty maps and tour packages.
Here’s all the places that Miles and Jack explored on their (mis)adventures:
Miles and Jack meet a waitress named Cami who Jack later gets tangled up with.
Andrew Murray Vineyards
Miles and Jack drive through the wine country.
Bucolic Santa Rosa Road
Jack and Miles drive through vineyards.
The motel Miles and Jack stay in while in Buellton.
Fess Parker Winery (Frass Canyon)
At “Frass Canyon’s” large wine tasting event, Miles phones his agent and finds out his book will not be published. After the pourer refuses to serve him a full glass, Miles guzzles the spit bucket.
Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie sneak out of a wine lecture to share a romantic walk through the Barrel Room.
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
During the split screen portion of the film, Miles and Jack help themselves to full glasses when the pourer turns her back.
Gaviota State Park
Miles is despondent over Conundrum passing on his book. Jack tries to console him.
Hitching Post II
Miles and Jack share a bottle of Highliner at the bar. While having dinner, they talk to Maya who waits tables there. Later, Miles returns on his own.
While tasting wine, Miles and Jack meet Stephanie, a flirtatious wine pourer who becomes the object of Jack’s affection.
Lompoc Farmers’ Market
Miles and Maya walk through the market.
Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant
Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie enjoy dinner and several exquisite bottles of wine.
Maya raves to Miles about her Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc as the first wine of their famous romantic dinner.
Ostriches seen while Miles, Jack, Maya and Stephanie drive to the picnic. Later, Jack gets acquainted with them on his “run” from Buellton to Solvang.
River Course at The Alisal
While golfing, Miles and Jack frighten the impatient foursome chipping into them.
Alma Rosa Winery
Miles teaches Jack the basics of wine tasting. Chris Burroughs starts them off with the Vin Gris in which Miles smells citrus, strawberry, the faintest soupçon of asparagus and just a flutter of a nutty edam cheese.
As they sit down for breakfast, Jack grumpily insists that Miles’ gloominess not thwart his attempts to get lucky before the wedding.