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The Best Ways to Sample the Local Wine

by | Dec 4, 2020 | Santa Barbara Wine | 0 comments

Santa Barbara has a unique topography making it one of the most unique wine regions in the world. The mountains are oriented in an east-west fashion which allows the valleys to open directly to the Pacific Ocean. Ocean fog and breezes flow through the valleys creating world class wines.

Exploring the area with a guide is a smart idea. With 120 wineries spread over nine distinct wine trails it can be difficult to decide where to start. Guides know the best places and can provide tips at each location. You never have to worry about directions and you can try as many wines as you like without the hassle of driving. Try one of these tours for a day or more of wine and fun.

Grapeline Wine Tours offers a Vineyard Picnic Tour. You’ll travel in style in a deluxe touring vehicle to three wineries where you’ll enjoy tasting flights. A catered lunch with eight options is provided. Private tours are available if you want an experience tailored for your group. Grapeline is an experienced tour company with guided tours in five California wine regions. Their guides can share local information and history while directing you to the best wines.

Be an active participant in your tour on a bicycle with I Bike Santa Barbara Wine Tours. Immerse yourself in the area on a 9, 12, or 15-mile route. There is an option to upgrade to an electric bike for the longest route. The tour includes complimentary tastings at two vineyards, a stop to sample olive oils, a gourmet picnic lunch, and a souvenir water bottle. Don’t worry about trying to ride a bike after drinking wine. The tour starts with an exploration of quaint towns via bike then ends with an afternoon of food and wine tastings. Bicycles and helmets are provided. Shuttle transportation is provided from Santa Barbara.

Did someone say cupcakes? Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours has created a one-of-a-kind wine and cupcake experience. The tour includes shuttle service from Santa Barbara, wine tastings, a deli style lunch, and cupcake tasting with 6 mini cupcakes. The wine infused cupcake flavors from Enjoy Cupcakes include Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah.

Explore wine country in style when you book a limousine with Golden Limo Santa Barbara. Their drivers know about the hidden gem wineries and will help you plan a day that is perfect for your group. Service is provided door to door and includes complimentary champagne. The vehicle is reserved solely for your group so you can listen to your own music and change the itinerary as desired. This company has guides that speak Spanish.

Take a private wine tour in a Tesla with Sustainable Wine Tours. With over 11 years of experience, the owners (who are also your drivers) have built relationships with boutique, family-owned, sustainable vineyards. They have access to estates that are often not open to the public and can arrange seated private tastings. The tour includes an organic picnic lunch in a scenic location.

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