Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour

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  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • E-Ticket
  • 7 hr

This wine tour features a delicious sampling of cupcakes from a local bakery. Your group will be picked up by an air-conditioned shuttle in the morning. We will preview the day and head up to Santa Ynez Valley. Once there, you will enjoy wine tasting at three of the area's best wineries. Wineries visited vary based on availability. Your group will visit beautiful Los Olivos and enjoy an incredible cupcake and wine tasting. Your guides will cover local human history and insight into the wine region along the way. Included: - Pick Up from Your Hotel - Cupcake tasting - All wine tasting fees - you will visit 3 wineries of those listed - Deli-style lunch (Not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries.)

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Santa Ynez Valley

Enjoy world renowned vineyards and breathtaking scenery.

Duration: 5 hour

Pass By: Los Olivos General Store

Located in the heart of Los Olivos, this shop provides a wide variety of gifts and handmade goods. It is one of the many options you can explore during free time spent in the quaint valley town. The amount of free time varies based on guest interests.

Pass By: Rancho Olivos

We love to break up our wine tastings with a quick stop at Rancho Olivos Artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for some delicious olive oil tastings. Rancho Olivos is the only farm in the Santa Ynez Valley where you can taste Artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oil right next to their olive trees. Rancho Olivos is just a quick 10 min walk from some of our favorite wineries in Los Olivos. Stops along the bike route can range from just passing by to about 10 minutes, depending on guests interests and itinerary.

Pass By: Clairmont Farms

Another great tour stop is Clairmont Farm, a family owned lavender farm located in the Santa Ynez Valley in Los Olivos. The fields are beautiful with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, which makes for a great photo op! Three hundred year old oak trees dot the grounds and the driveway is lined with olive trees that were planted by the Spanish Missionaries over 175 years ago. Just a few minutes down the road from most wineries, we love bringing guests here to break up their day, check out the farms’ charming lavender shop and experience the enchanting fields.

Stop At: Rideau Vineyard

From the tree-lined path that escorts you off of the main road and out of the “real world,” to the historic El Alamo Pintado Adobe that serves as our tasting room, to the gentle sounds of rustling vines, live music, and new friends mingling over a glass of wine, the Rideau tasting room experience is unlike anything you’ve had before. In fact, we feel it’s the absolute ideal locale in which to enjoy their wines. Rideau even offers a complimentary tour with every tasting. Their experienced tour guide will take you out to our vineyard where you’ll learn about how we grow our grapes, and into the winery where you’ll learn the fundamentals of wine-making and what makes the process at Rideau so special. Wineries visited may vary based on availability and group size.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Brander Vineyard

We love going to Brander because it feels like you are stepping into a mini-castle. Established in 1975, the Brander Vineyard is the oldest family operated estate winery in Santa Barbara County. Their founder, Fred Brander, gained a passion for the wines in France in the early 1970s. Shortly thereafter he recognized the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara as an ideal microlimate to produce top-quality Bordeaux varietals. The Brander Vineyard is situated in a kind of viticultural Goldilocks zone with a climate that is ideal for growing and producing the classically-styled, Bordeaux varietals. Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, varieties for which Fred Brander served as a pioneer in planting, flourish in this area. Wineries visited may vary based on availability and group size.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vincent Vineyards

Vincent Vineyards is known for their wonderful indoor and outdoor seating, friendly service and incredible wine. When you sit outside you are at eye level with the vines and feel completely immersed in the wine-tasting experience. Vincent was established in 2005 and the owner has a multitude of worldly experiences and connections on the walls of the winery. It feels as though you are walking through a museum with a glass of wine in your hand! Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sunstone Winery

Sunstone is an absolute gem in wine country. A boutique winery named after the estate’s exposed sun-dappled shale and stones, visitors find themselves wanting to return again and again. The winery architecture recalls rustic homes and barns in the Provencal countryside complete with stone barrel-aging caves built into the hillside. Winemaker Bion Rice is dedicated to producing world-class Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Andrew Murray Vineyards

If you ask locals their favorite red in the valley, be prepared to hear Andrew Murray as a common response. A beautiful tasting room, complemented by lovely outdoor seating (and even games and activities for kids) make Andrew Murray a delightful stop in your tasting experience. They also have delicious chocolates and cheese plates available to pair with your tasting. Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rusack Vineyards

This is what wine country is all about. The drive to Rusack takes you through rows and rows of wine grapes, grazing farm animals, rolling hills and more. They also have a vineyard on Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands off of Santa Barbara’s coast. Many of their staff members have been pouring at Rusack for over 10 years and provide a truly memorable experience for guests. The outside deck overlooks a beautiful valley view. Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Epiphany Cellars

Epiphany finds its identity and passion in the production of esoteric Rhone-based varietals and blends from some of the finest vineyard designates in California. Sought after by chefs, sommeliers, retail buyers and consumers alike, the Epiphany brand has distinguished itself among the wine cognoscenti as a trustworthy, quality-oriented and forward-thinking wine brand. Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

Fess Parker’s large winery and beautiful spaces make it a great destination for your group of family or friends. Their beautiful western-style lodge and surrounding grounds make it the perfect location to stroll around and enjoy your favorite glass. Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dragonette Cellars - Tasting Room

A small and quaint tasting room in the heart of Los Olivos; Dragonette is a family-owned winery and one of our personal favorites. Brothers John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis founded Dragonette Cellars in 2005. Their shared passion for great wine brought them to northern Santa Barbara County where they spent the next several years seeking out extraordinary, cool-climate vineyards and dedicating themselves to careful, patient, minimalist wine-making. They have committed themselves to the ideal of personally handcrafting wines of distinction from the finest vineyard sites in Santa Barbara County. If you are a lover of reds, this is the place to visit. Their pinot’s are some of the very best in the valley! Wineries visited vary based on availability and group size. This is one of our many partners that we visit and may be available upon request.

Duration: 1 hour
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