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Private Wine Tours


Simply put...
We love wine.

Diane and Melanie blended their passion for great wine and wanderlust to create Destination Vine. Our wide-ranging experiences and deep connections to the wine community enables us to curate unique, personalized and intimate wine tours. We showcase the best that Santa Barbara wine country has to offer by constantly seeking to uncover the most amazing "hidden gems" of the Santa Ynez Valley--featuring top winemakers, respected winery owners and incredible world class wines. Female-owned and entrepreneurial in spirit, DV takes care of every last detail to ensure that you won't want your wine tour to ever end!

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Melanie Castriotta

Melanie Castriotta was born into a large Italian family and was raised with an appreciation for great food and wine… Dinners and parties were never ordinary, they were monumental! Every detail was carefully thought out beginning with the menu, table decor, ambience and of course the wine! Growing up Italian has given Melanie a wonderful passion for life and and all things creative. This prompted her two years ago to start her own successful blog called “The Wine Contessa”.

Her background in the design field as well as restaurant and event planning has given her unique insights into creating fantastic adventures for DESTINATION VINE’s clientele. Melanie’s attention to detail and love affair with wine contribute to making DESTINATION VINE your ticket to the best that the Central Coast has to offer!

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Diane Dreyer

Diane is a born and bred New Yorker who made her way to California as a college student attending UC Santa Barbara. She fell in love with all the West Coast had to offer, especially the wine country. In those days Santa Barbara wineries were just starting to develop so most of her wine tasting experiences were in Napa and Sonoma where she savored the wine and the lifestyle. Many years later, Diane turned her passion for wine and the wine country into a business and co-founded DESTINATION VINE.

Her professional background includes early stints in the hospitality business before moving into advertising where she worked at major advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles. While she was at D’Arcy in Los Angeles she had the opportunity to work with her first wine client, Domaine Chandon, where she also developed her palate for great sparkling wines! From there her passion and knowledge began to flourish and she built a substantial client base of wine and spirits brands. Along the way she co-created and produced “Ultimate Living”, a nationally syndicated lifestyle show centered around wine country living.

Diane has since rediscovered the great wines, food and lifestyle on California’s Central Coast. She loves seeking out the hidden gems from the region and is excited to bring those unique experiences to other wine lovers through DESTINATION VINE!

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Celebrating the best that Santa Barbara has to offer from Downtown to Santa Ynez Valley. Our goal is to create unique and memorable wine tours unlike any other.

Wine Tours

We collaborate with you to customize every aspect of your private wine tour.  No cookie cutter wine tours here!  Beyond amazing wine tasting, we offer other activities including horseback riding, hot air ballooning, hiking and more.  Below are some of our popular adventures to entice and inspire you:

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Our most popular wine tour, simply private!  Personally curated to meet your wine tastes and desired experiences.
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Get out in the vineyards and feel the terroir. Taste the best of the Santa Ynez Valley including intimate, private wine tastings at up to three boutique, family owned-estate wineries. Access to small lot wines not available in retail stores.  Savor a hand-crafted cheese course and an artisan lunch served in a picturesque setting. A local olive oil tasting or lavender farm stroll can be incorporated into your exclusive day in Santa Barbara wine country.


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A connoisseurs dream! Private seated tastings at the most exclusive wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. You’ll taste a selection of small lot & library wines from estate collections.
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Your experience will include an estate and vineyard tour while engaging in the stories behind the land, the owners and the winemakers who are masters of their craft. 


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When in wine country, why not start your day with a guided hike through beautiful vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley! We offer 1 – 2.5 mile hikes on a private and historic vineyard estate with stunning views of the hills and valley.
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Following the hike, you’ll be treated to an estate wine tasting along with a cheese course. Your adventure continues to an olive oil & lavender farm where you’ll enjoy a tasting of locally sourced organic olive oil & vinegars along with an artisan picnic lunch while you sip some local wines. Stroll through the greenhouse & lavender garden and even play a game of corn hole, if you’d like. You’ll also have a chance to shop for curated gifts & home goods on this lovely property before heading back from a beautiful wine country day!




See, Sip & Savor tour for those who want to experience the unique beauty of downtown, Santa Barbara along with its innovative food and wine scene!
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Your special day will include:
• Architectural & historical highlights
• Coastline views & attractions
• Enjoy an artisan picnic lunch and wine tasting in the historic Presidio Neighborhood
• An additional wine tasting can be added to your tour for an additional cost
Tours are approximately 4.5 hours


Up, Up and Away


Top off your wine tour with a beautiful sunset balloon ride. Relax and enjoy the views of the picturesque vineyards and ranches while you sip on a glass of bubbly.

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Your FAA certified pilot will point out the scenic highlights along the way. It’s the perfect way to end your day in Wine Country. This tour is based on weather permitting.


Really Happy Trails


What's better than meandering on horseback through the vineyards and Santa Ynez Valley ranch trails?

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You'll enjoy breathtaking views and fresh air throughout this 75 min ride. Upon your return, a glass of bubbly complemented by a gourmet cheese plate will await you.  Then, be prepared to be whisked away to a private estate for an artisanal lunch & wine tasting! Cheers to a day that will linger on long after it's finished!


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Horseback Riding Wine Tour

Whether you are planning an offsite meeting, an incentive trip for your top performers or a special event for family and friends, DESTINATION VINE can do it all! We will work with you and create a lasting impression. We offer blending workshops, yoga in the vineyard, Plein Air painting or just fabulous estate wine tastings. We look forward to creating a memorable experience for your group!


We pick you up at your requested location in either Santa Barbara/Montecito or Santa Ynez Valley. We provide a full itinerary including wineries, other activities and pick-up/drop off times. All wine tours include luxury transportation, a personal concierge, guided educational overview, private tastings/tour at up to 3 wineries, a chance to meet winemakers & owners, all tasting fees, cheese plate pairing, artisan picnic lunch in a winery setting and sweet treats to top off your day.


Group Size 2-3 People 4-6 People 7-10 People
Taste of the Valley Full-Day $350/Person $300/Person $295/Person
Taste of the Valley Half-Day $300/Person $260/Person $255/Person
Seriously Wine Full-Day $425/Person $400/Person Contact Us for Pricing
Seriously Wine Half-Day $375/Person $350/Person Contact Us for Pricing
City Tour $230/Person $200/Person Contact Us for Pricing
  • All Inclusive of luxury transportation, personal concierge, all tasting fees and artisanal picnic lunch. A 20% gratuity will be added to all tours.
  • City Tour prices based on 4.5 hr day.
  • SYV Tour prices based on 6.5-7hrs (full-day) and 4.5-5hrs (half-day)
  • Incremental Charges $100 per additional hour for groups 2-6 people. $125 for groups 7- 20
  • Prices subject to change


We offer luxury Black Car VIP transportation including Lincoln Town Cars, SUV's, Mercedes Sprinters and Mini Coaches.

Click on Book Now. We accept all major credit cards. You can also call us at 818.219.3083.

Your tour includes private luxury transportation, all tasting fees, gourmet cheese plate, artisan lunch in a vineyard setting (pending weather), access to private wineries & personal concierge for the day! A 20% gratuity will be added to all tours.

The more advance notice we have, the better chance we have to guarantee bookings at our "hidden gems" in Santa Barbara wine country.

All cancellations within 72 hours of the tour pick-up date/time will be fully refunded.

Any cancellations between 72-48 hours will be charged a $200 service fee.

Less than 24 hours, the full amount will be charged.

As one of the premier wine tour companies in the Santa Ynez Valley, we have access to the top private wineries, winemakers & behind the scene knowledge of the area! We take the guess work out of it all and carefully curate an experience that's just for you. Our goal is to "wow" you and exceed every expectation!

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Call or email us to discuss your personalized private wine tour.

location     Destination Vine
522 Garden St
Santa Barbara, CA


telephone    818 879-3951 or 818 219-3083

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