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Private Wine Tour 

All-Inclusive Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Guided Tour.

“A Day with a Sommelier” (sum-ul-YAY)

Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez All- Inclusive Private Tour. Only one private tour is offered daily with up to 6 guests. 

Departs daily with pick up from your home or hotel. 

Recommended pick up times are as follows:
– Camarillo – 9:15
– Oxnard Shores – 9:30
– Ojai – 9:30
– Ventura – 9:45
– Santa Barbara Downtown – 10:00
– Solvang/ Los Olivos – 10:45

Approximately 4.5 to 5 hours are spent in Wine Country. Total tour time is based on pick up location. 

*Shorter tours are available, however, we move at a faster pace, visit wineries in close proximity to one another or change the destination to wineries and tasting rooms in downtown Santa Barbara instead of wine country.

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 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.

This tour includes a Sommelier Tour Guide, door to door transportation from your home or hotel, tasting fees, cold bottled water all day and artisan lunch. 

***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 6 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 1:10-5:30pm. Pick up’s from home or hotel are offered between 1:10 pm. and 1:40 pm.

Featuring three Ventura County wineries, all tasting fees, cheese, and chocolates are included. A production tour is offered at the first winery. Wines are paired with gourmet cheeses at the second winery where you will have a seated tasting. Another seated tasting will be provided at a third winery where wines are paired with organic chocolates.

This is a small group tour joining other guests. Maximum 6 guests. This tour is also available on Sundays when a group of 4 or more guests books the tour.