Private Wine Tours
CREATING EXCLUSIVE WINE TOURS IN CALIFORNIA’S CELEBRATED CENTRAL COAST.
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!
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!
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.
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, biking and more. Below are some of our popular adventures to entice and inspire you:
TASTE THE VALLEY
Our most popular wine tour, simply private! Personally curated to meet your wine tastes and desired experiences.
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.
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.
GIRLS GONE WINE
Perfect for Girls Get-Aways. An inclusive 2-night, 3-day package in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley, one of the top wine regions in the country!
Your getaway will include a full-day of wine tasting at 3 private boutique winery estates, an artisan lunch in a vineyard setting, luxury transportation and a personal concierge to attend to every detail. We'll also take care of booking restaurant reservations and other wine country excursions--horseback riding, hot air ballooning bike tours or hiking. Your experience is completely customized to fit your group's desires! Contact us for pricing options.
THE CITY TOUR
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!
• Architectural & historical highlights
• Coastline views & attractions
• Lunch at a special setting (we will provide a gourmet picnic) or if you prefer, dine in at at one of our favorite local restaurants
• Top off your day with a private wine tasting at one of Santa Barbara’s finest tasting rooms
Tours are approximately 4.5 hours
UP, UP AND AWAY
Start your private wine tour with a glass of bubbly and an exciting Hot Air Balloon Ride over beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country!
Upon return you’ll have a chance to explore the historic town of Los Olivos with its charming Victorian Architecture dating back to the 1800’s. This beautiful town offers unique shopping, artisan restaurants and art galleries along with a number of boutique wine tasting rooms. End your day with an artisan lunch in a unique setting on a beautiful private estate.
REALLY HAPPY TRAILS
What's better than meandering on horseback through the vineyards and Santa Ynez Valley ranch trails?
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! To top off it all off, you'll be treated to one more wine tasting at a boutique winery, accompanied by sweet bites. Cheers to a day that will linger on long after it's finished!
CORPORATE & SPECIAL EVENTS
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, cooking classes, yoga in the vineyard, Plein Air painting or just fabulous estate wine tastings. We look forward to creating a memorable experience for your group!
ADDITIONAL TOUR INFO
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.
|Santa Ynez Valley Tour
- All Inclusive of luxury transportation, personal concierge, all tasting fees and artisanal picnic lunch. Gratuity of 20% will be added to groups of 4 or more.
- City Tour prices based on 4.5 hr day. Restaurant lunch charged separately
- SYV Tour prices based on 7 hour excursion
- Incremental Charges $100 per additional hour for groups 2-6 people. $125 for groups 7- 20
- Optional Adventures including horseback riding, hot air ballooning and getaway packages are quoted separately.
We offer luxury Black Car VIP transportation including Lincoln Town Cars, SUV's, Mercedes Sprinters and Mini Coaches.
We will provide you with a quote in advance of your booking agreement. We accept all major credit cards through PayPal.
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! Gratuities not included.
A typical day tour includes 3 wineries with a picnic lunch at the second winery. At least 2 of those wineries are private experiences. For half day tours, you will visit 2 wineries at least one is private. For horseback rides & hot air balloon rides, we reduce it by 1 winery visit.
The more advance notice we have, the better chance we have to guarantee bookings at our "hidden gems" in Santa Barbara wine country.
Cancellations between 48-24 hours of the tour date will be charged a $200 cancellation 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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