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Private Wine Tour 

All-Inclusive Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Guided Tour.

Our pick up times for private tours are flexible, and the tour last between 5 and 8 hours.  Please let us know of any time constraints so that we may customize your tour accordingly.

For pick-up in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura or Ojai areas we recommend departure between 9:00-9:30 am.  For pick-ups in Santa Barbara area, we recommend departure between 9:40-10:15 a.m.  In Solvang/Buelton, we recommend departure between 10:30-11:15 a.m.  

This is a customized private tour tailored to your preferences and your host is WSET Certified Advanced (Level 3), Sommelier  Lisa Stoll.  With over 125 wineries in Santa Barbara it can be hard to choose. Let your Sommelier guide plan and  help you choose wineries that match your preferences and desired wine experience to share a lifetime of memories.. This educational wine tour features tastings three boutique and/or appointment only premium wineries.    

During the drive to wine country, your Sommelier host will give you the history of wine in California and Santa Barbara as well as point out places of interest along the way.  You will be able to sharpen your sense of smell with “Le Nez du Vin” wine essences and learn tidbits about wine appreciation.  You will go behind the scenes for a peek at the  winery production areas and walk through the vineyard on a viticulture tour.  An artisan sandwich lunch is served in a vineyard setting and cold bottled water is offered all day .Transportation is offered in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

This tour is includes tasting fees, artisan lunch and gratuity.

***With Advanced notice, we can include additional experiences like: meeting the winemaker, olive oil tastings, barrel samples,  ATV ride in the vineyard, gourmet cheese plates or chocolate pairing.

Premium Shared Wine Tour 

All-Inclusive Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Guided Tour.

Saturdays Only from 9:30 -5:30

This is a small group tour, you will be joining other guests, maximum of 10 passengers.. You will visit up to four wineries open to the public.  Tasting Fees, lunch and bottled water are included, gratuity is optional. Your wine  knowledgeable host will transport you to wineries in Santa Ynez.

You learn the history of wine on your drive to wine country. You will also get a peek at behind the scenes wine production and walk through a vineyard on a viticulture tour.  Artisan lunch is served in a vineyard setting.

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

(Ventura County Wineries)

This post-lunch local tour is offered on Saturdays from 1:30-5:30  (Ojai departure 1:10) and features 3 Ventura County wineries.  

A production tour is offered at the first winery.  Wines are paired with gourmet cheeses at the second and wines are paired with organic chocolates at the third. This is a small group tour joining other guests. Maximum 10 guests.

This tour is also available on Sundays when a group of 4 or more guests book.