Santa Barbara Wine Country Shuttle

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SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY SHUTTLE

Wine Enthusiast’s 2021 Wine Region of the Year

Explore Santa Barbara’s stunning surroundings and award-winning wines.

Your choice of visiting up to 3 wineries in a vineyard setting

or exchange winery stops for stops in the villages of  Solvang and/or Los Olivos.

Choose from a daily list of wineries!

$79 Per Person from Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Ballard

$99 Per Person from Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta

$149 Per Person from Westlake Village (Los Angeles) or Ventura County

  Wine is not included and is charged extra by the wineries. We do not require you to pre-pay for your tasting, allowing you the flexibility to choose!

These fees typically run about $15 per glass or $25 – $30 per person per flight, or share a bottle with aa friend!

Upscale Mercedes Sprinter Transportation

Small-group up to 10 People

Daily:  Approximately 5 hours in Wine Country

See Shuttle Pick-up & Drop-off Locations & Times Here

Pick-up, from hotels & residences

What’s Included

  • Upscale Mercedes Sprinter Transportation
  • Pick-up / Drop-off – see pick-up locations & times HERE
  • Visit 3 wineries or village tasting rooms…Your choice!
  • Exchange one or more winery visits with visits to, either or both, Solvang or Los Olivos villages.
  • 5 Star Hospitality
  • Planning and Reservation Services
  • Complimentary water throughout the day
  • Knowledgable and friendly guide

What’s Not Included

  • Winery Tasting Fees (Typically $15 – $20 per glass or $25 – $30 per tasting) We do not require you to pre-purchase your wine like many other tours.
  • Lunch (option to pre-order at check out)
  • Driver / Trip Host Gratuity 

    To Learn More, Ask A Question, Check Dates or Make A Reservation:

    Fill Out and Submit The Form at The Bottom of This Page.

    FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

    What time does the tour start?

     The tour starts at 11:00 am and ends between 3:30 and 4:00pm in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Pick ups begin prior to 11:00 am and drop offs begin after 3:30pm.

    Pickup Locations & Times

    Grape Adventures offers pick-up and drop-off service from central meeting locations, select hotels and residential areas.

    * When you book your tour select the name and address location of your hotel on the drop-down window on the booking form.

    Please do not wait at the pick-up area without a reservation!

    We do not automatically stop at the meeting stops if a pick up is not prearranged.

    For last minute reservations, call and text 805-267-9282

    Approximate Pick Up Times:

    8:45 – 9:00 am:   Westlake Village in North Los Angeles

    Pick-up/Drop-off Location: The Stonehaus Restaurant and Vineyard, Westlake Village Inn: 32039 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA – MAP

    9:15 – 9:30 am:   Ventura, Oxnard

    Pick-up / Drop-off in front of central meeting location: Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, 211 E Main Street, Ventura, CA – MAP

    9:45 – 10:00 am:   Santa Barbara Area – Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Carpinteria

    Pick-up/Drop-off at your Hotel

    or

    Pick-up / Drop-off in front of central meeting location: Santa Barbara Amtrak Train Station, 209 State Street Santa Barbara, CA – MAP

    10:45 -11:00am:   Santa Barbara Wine Country – Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Buellton, Ballard 

    Pick-up / Drop-off at your Hotel or a central meeting location:

    Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe, 460 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA – Map

    General Store, Los Olivos, CA, 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA – Map

    Are Wine Tasting Fees Included

    No, we do not require you to prepay for your wine. 

    Some tours require you to prepay for wine tastings.

    Winery tasting fees are not included with our tour, so there is no bias apart from finding you the best wineries and wine that are a fit for you.  

    Not prepaying for your wine allows you the flexibility and potential cost savings to share a wine tasting, purchase a glass of wine instead of a tasting, or allow you to share a full bottle between friends. 

    Winery tasting fees in Santa Ynez range from $25 to $50 per person, with an average tasting fee of about $25 per winery. Some wineries will waive the tasting fee if bottles of wine are purchased, so it is possible to not pay any tasting fees all day, in leiu of taking wine home with you to enjoy. 

    How long is the wine tour?

    Our Santa Barbara join-in wine tour is an all-day adventure typically lasting about 5 hours in wine country, allowing time to savor each moment and indulge in Santa Barbara’s exquisite wines and views. The overall duration of the tour depends on where you join the tour. 

    Morning departures from the Santa Barbara area are typically in the 10:00 hour, varying slightly with each hotel location. Expect to return in the late afternoon about 4-4:30 pm.

    The Travel time from Westlake Village (Los Angeles)  to Santa Barbara Wine Country is 1.5 hrs. Pickup in Westlake is at 8:30 – to 9:00am. It is a 9+ hour day if you depart from Westlake Village.

    How many Wineries do we visit?

    We will visit 3 wineries or you can substitute a winery for a visit and optional tasting at the wine villages of Solvang or Los Olivos… Your day, your way! We typically spend an hour to 1:15 hrs at each location. This allows for an immersive experience without feeling rushed, giving you ample time to appreciate the winery’s unique offerings and ask any questions you might have about their wines or winemaking process.

    Do I need a reservation?

    Yes. Grape Adventures offers scheduled pickups only, so reservations are required. Please book online as soon as you have determined your tour date and pick-up location.

    Be sure to select a pick-up location on the dropdown menu during booking

    What type of vehicles do you use?

    Our vehicles are newer Mercedes Sprinters with climate control, leather seats, high ceilings, and large picture windows, perfect for enjoying the picturesque views.

    How much wine is served during a tasting?

    Most wineries serve 4 to 6 one-ounce pours of various wines. After visiting a few wineries, these seemingly small tastings can add up to close to a bottle of wine, making it very important to have a designated driver.

    How much do wine tastings cost?

    We select wineries with warm & friendly service, and excellent wines that are moderately priced. Wine tasting fees typically average $25 per tasting. Most wineries will waive the tasting fee if you purchase bottles of wine to go. The number of bottles required varies from winery to winery.

    You may elect to split or share a tasting, just have a glass of wine instead of a tasting, or even share a bottle. You may choose classic or premium wines.

    Grape Adventures does not require you to prepay for your wine like many other tours, allowing you the flexibility to choose.

    How many people are on the trip?

    We offer small group tours, no large tourist buses. Our wine adventures are typically 4 to 8 guests but are limited to a maximum of 10 guests to ensure the best experience.

    Is this tour escorted by a group leader or host?

    Yes, this tour is escorted by a Grape Adventures group host who is knowledgeable and fun.

    Can I cancel my tour?

    Yes. If you need to cancel outside of 24 hours of your tour, we will refund you 100%. If your trip is within 24 hours, we will credit you for a future trip.

    Am I required to purchase wine from the wineries?

    No, you are not obligated to purchase wine from the winery.

    However, if you enjoyed the wine, the best way to support local wineries is to take home a few bottles. Your Grape Adventures host can store your purchased wine in the air-conditioned tour vehicle.

    Is lunch included on the tour?

    No, lunch is not included. There is food available for purchase in the villages and at some wineries.You may also pre-order lunch at check out to be enjoyed in a vineyard setting. 

    Are there any additional required fees?

    No, there are not any additional required fees. Note that, wine and lunch are not included. You will have the opportunity to purchase wine and food along the way. You may pre-order and pay for lunch at check out to be enjoyed in a vineyard setting. Taxes and fuel surcharges are included. Gratuity for the host and driver is at your discretion.

    Are gratuities included?

    No, gratuity is not included. Customers may provide gratuity at their discretion to their host and driver at the end of their tour as a personal “thank you” for a job well done.

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    Julie is founder, travel advisor, trip designer, and host at Grape Adventures Travel and Tours.

    Originally from the Southeastern United States, Julie has resided in California (in both Los Angeles and San Francisco) for more than 15 years.

    Formerly a school teacher, with previous experience in the hospitality industry, Julie takes her expertise from each of these fields to create memorable travel and tour experiences that entertain and educate (without being boring!)… and create cherished memories and connections for her guests.

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