Creating exclusive wine country experiences
in California’s celebrated Central Coast.
Looking for a unique, memorable and fun wine country experience? Well look no further. At DESTINATION VINE we believe that the pursuit of all things wonderful and inspiring is within everyone's reach! Melanie Castriotta & Diane Dreyer have applied their experiences and passion for wine and all things wine country and have thoughtfully curated an array of fantastic adventures just waiting for you to enjoy. DESTINATION VINE takes the guesswork out of where to go, taste, stay and dine. You can enjoy access to the top artisan wineries and taste exclusive handcrafted wine, stay at the loveliest inns and sleek hotels, savor local cuisine and truly get off the beaten path.
Your amazing wine journey awaits!
We love wine.
Diane and Melanie met when their daughters were in kindergarten together. They soon discovered they had much in common including their love for wonderful wine, great cuisine and world travel. Throughout their 20+ year friendship they always talked about starting a business together. As life would have it, one day in Melanie’s kitchen while sharing a great bottle of wine, they came up with the idea for DESTINATION VINE…and the rest is history!
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!
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!
Showcasing the best that California’s Central Coast has to offer. Our goal is to create unique and memorable wine country experiences unlike any other.
We work with you to customize every aspect of your wine country adventure.
While we customize each experience to meet our client’s desires, here are a few ideas to inspire you…
SURF & TURF
Just imagine yourself flying over the vineyards in a private helicopter towards the coast. Enjoy breathtaking views of Hearst Castle, Morro Rock and the majestic waves of the Pacific Ocean. From there you’ll visit two exclusive wineries where your helicopter will land so you can savor private tastings and a fabulous gourmet picnic. This experience will definitely take wine tasting to new heights!
REALLY HAPPY TRAILS
How do you mix nature with your passion for great food and wine? How about a private horseback ride through beautiful vineyards….you’ll meander along lovely trails overlooking mountains and acres of grapevines. Upon your return, a wonderful sunset Happy Hour awaits-- complete with epicurean delights paired with amazing local wines!
OLD WORLD STYLE MEETS
NEW WORLD CHARM
Start your day with a glass of bubbly and an exciting Hot Air Balloon Ride over beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country! Explore Old World wineries reminiscent of Tuscany and Provence. Visit a charming Lavender Farm and have your own Olive Oil Tasting amidst the groves. End your day with a Tuscan inspired dinner by candlelight…..Trés Chic!
FOR THE REAL WINE GEEK
Let us show you the hidden gems of wine country. You’ll stay at a chic farmhouse or cozy inn amidst the vineyards. Visit small artisanal wineries, enjoy private tastings, barrel tastings and meet great winemakers who are at the top of their game. Our local knowledge and insider connections will enable you to taste wines that most people will never experience. Come back, relax and enjoy the sunset with a great glass of wine and artisanal appetizers.
THE EPICUREAN SIDE OF WINE
Explore the art of food and wine pairing. Your wine tasting adventures will take you down the culinary path. Enjoy exquisite wines paired with small bites that compliment and bring out the nuances of each wine. Have a private dinner prepared by a local chef who will create a custom menu around your favorite foods and wine. Rather go out? We’ll whisk you away to one of the local restaurants to savor regionally inspired cuisine at it’s best.
Additional Tour Info
Winery tours depart at 10AM and return approximately at 5PM. Adventure tours vary depending upon the activity. Tours depart from Santa Barbara and Los Olivos or San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. A day tour typically includes luxury transportation to and from your hotel, a private experience at up to 3 wineries. This may include private tastings, intimate tours, barrel tastings and meeting the winery owners/winemakers. A gourmet picnic lunch is served at the second winery.
We offer transportation via Town Cars, SUV’s, Limos and Sprinter’s. We can arrange for airport pick-ups and drop-offs and also wine touring services. We also have designated drivers who can drive your car so that you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.
Each experience is customized. We work with you to plan your trip based on your needs, tastes, desires and budget. We can plan your entire trip or just a part of it. We will provide you with a quote in advance of booking your experience. We accept all major credit cards.
Absolutely! We have insider access to amazing wineries that are the hidden gems of their regions. We can set you up with private tastings, barrel tastings, tours and even have you meet the owners/winemakers. We’ll also include a delectable picnic lunch that you can enjoy amidst the vineyards.
Many of the wineries do charge a tasting fee ranging from $15-$25, however, if you buy wine they will often waive the fee. Any fees are paid directly to the tasting room person.
The more advanced notice we have to book your experience, the better chance we have to secure reservations at great hotels, inns, wineries, etc.-- especially, if you are planning on a weekend trip. Many of the hotels and inns book up way in advance and, in-season, they require a 2-night minimum stay.
We require 50% deposit at the time of booking. Our cancellation policy is 7 days prior to your trip. If you cancel before that time, we will refund your money minus a 10% service fee.
Planning a trip to wine country can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of wineries to choose from, many types of lodging accommodations, and lots of other fun activities. Your time is limited and you want to make sure your trip is everything you want it to be. We take the guesswork out of it all and carefully curate an experience that’s customized just for you! Our goal is to” wow” you and exceed every expectation!
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