California Wine Info

California Wine Tours and special events abound year round. Enjoy winery lunches, tastings, crush events, seminars, food and wine festivals, winery concerts and vintage wine auctions. Local restaurants feature seasonal cuisine; balloon rides offer spectacular aerial views of the vineyards; bocce ball courts invite cheerful recreation; and winery museums and gardens provide artistic diversions.

Gourmet California: For sheer scale and diversity no other single state in the country beats California as a destination for the hungry traveller. The climate and terrain allow for the cultivation of more than 350 different crops, and livestock and poultry generating over $10bn a year. Add top-quality sustainable seafood and some of the finest wines on the planet and you're in gourmet heaven. In terms of air links from the UK, California is easily the most competitive American state after New York. But if you want a non-stop flight, start at Heathrow. Learn more from The Independent, a UK publication.

California Wine Country Balloon Rides

Paso Robles wine country balloon tours available at Paso Robles Muncipal Airport. Morning balloon ride photo over Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden by Angela DePaolis ©. Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden is a "MUST SEE" when visiting Paso Robles wine country.

Paso Robles Area Wine Tours

The Wine Wrangler: Our Mission: to share the treasures of the Paso Robles wine region with our guests through our tours and our wine club by demonstrating our passion for wine, our passion for our community, and our commitment to excellence. We strive to sustain the highest level of integrity and customer service by being attentive to our guests' interests and desires, as well as being informative, educational and dependable.

Central Coast Trolley: Our enclosed, air conditioned San Francisco style trolleys or well-equipped van--and our terrific service--will make your Paso Robles wine tour or Central Coast wine tour the most fun it can be. Our trolleys are comfortable and reliable.

Paso Robles Wine Glass Tours: Unique individual wine tours in the Central Coast wine region, designed specifically to fit your interests. We specialize in small groups with only 1-4 guests. Your day, evening winery or area tour is custom designed and hosted by Gee Gee Mainini, whose family roots go back 100 years.

Uncorked Wine Tours: Uncorked Wine Tours is all about uncorking the fun in your wine tasting tour, as well as plenty of bottles of delicious central coast wine. We cater to your taste, we can go to any winery, stay as long as you want and have a blast!

Elegant Image: From personalized Central Coast Wine Tasting Tours in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo or Santa Ynez, to Anniversaries and Birthdays — Elegant Image will provide a spectacular Limousine, professional service, and an experience you will never forget. As natives to California's Central Coast, we at Elegant Image pride ourselves in providing our community with the newest Limousines available.

The Wine Line: The Wine Line offers wine touring and tasting in the Paso Robles and Santa Barbara wine regions. We pick up people for Paso Robles wine tours in Templeton, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. Our Santa Barbara wine tours visit wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos and Foxen Canyon and pick ups can be arranged from Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Lake Cachuma, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Gaviota, Goleta, Santa Barbara and elsewhere.

San Francisco Area Wine Tours

Wine Country Trekking provides luxury European style hiking vacations from the gateway city of San Francisco to the California Wine Country with a focus on superb hiking, lodging, food and wine. Experience the wine country of California on foot in the European way, walking from inn to inn with your own travel partners. At the end of each day enjoy the luxury of a delicious meal, fine wine, and comfortable room. We make it simple by making all the arrangements and transporting your luggage.

Wine Tour Tips

Caution is advised when planning you California wine country tour or vacation. California is a very large state and there are hundreds of wineries to visit in southern, central and northern California. One and two week vacations are oftentimes best restricted to one or two of our famous wine regions.

An easy way to select which wineries to visit is to browse web sites and promotional materials of trade associations for specific appellations, i.e., Santa Barbara County, Dry Creek Valley, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Lodi, and so on. Choosing wineries according to the varietals they make is another way to narrow the plethora of choices.

Northern California (above San Francisco) includes the famous Napa Valley and Mendocino wine regions. Central California includes the famous Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey wine regions. Southern California includes the San Diego and Temecula wine regions. The Central Valley includes the Amador, Calaveras, Livermore, Clarksburg, Lodi and Sierra wine regions.

As the tourist season abates, tasting room staff can spend more time with individual guests, giving an exclusive experience to professionals, collectors, and budding wine enthusiasts alike. It is an ideal time for wine lovers, and anyone interested in learning more about wine, to visit one of California’s five major wine-producing areas. By exploring a wide variety of wineries, alternating between large, medium and small facilities, experiencing wineries that make still wine and champagne/sparkling wine, and visiting both longtime favorite and new producers, guests can experience the fascinating process of winemaking and the many winery personalities.

Some wineries are open for touring and tasting only by appointment so be sure to call ahead. During harvest, visitors can also call ahead to find out when the grapes will arrive so they can watch the crush.

Limit each day’s excursion to a maximum of three wineries so as to get the full experience at each facility: take a winery tour(s), talk to the tasting room staff to learn more about the wines, browse the gift shops, allow time to eat lunch between winery visits and time to drive between tasting rooms. Most wineries are located in rural areas where roads can be narrow and winding. Additionally, trucks are on the roads at this time of year carrying loads of grapes and moving slowing. Relax and allow yourself plenty of time to take in the scenery.

Schedule appointments and look at maps to learn the driving routes. Visitors often underestimate travel time between one region and another so ask for distance and approximate times when calling ahead. If taking a limo or bus, make sure the winery allows large parties. Determine which wineries are open for public tasting and their business hours. Have a designated driver when possible and also use spit buckets and share tastes as appropriate.

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