CREATING EXCLUSIVE WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCES IN CALIFORNIA’S CELEBRATED CENTRAL COAST.
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!
Celebrating the best that Santa Barbara has to offer from Downtown to Santa Ynez Valley. Our goal is to create unique and memorable wine-centric experiences unlike any other.
We collaborate with you to customize every aspect of your wine country adventure. No cookie cutters 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:
INDULGE YOUR INNER WINEMAKER
Exclusive interactive blending workshop. This is a unique opportunity to learn the art of blending wines with a cellar master.
SERIOUSLY WINE – TASTE WITH THE WINEMAKER
This is a connoisseur’s dream! Meet some of the SYV’s renown winemakers and taste select small lot & library wines from their collection.
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 day with a glass of bubbly and an exciting Hot Air Balloon Ride over beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country!
REALLY HAPPY TRAILS
How do you mix nature with your passion for great food and wine?
Experience the best of the best that Santa Barbara wine country has to offer.
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!
Additional Tour Info
We pick you up at your requested location in either Santa Barbara/Montecito or Los Olivos area. We provide a full itinerary including wineries, other activities and pick-up/drop off times. All 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. Gratuity not included. An 18% Gratuity will be added to all tours of 4 or more.
We offer luxury Black Car VIP transportation including Mercedes Sedans, 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 include 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.
We require 50% deposits the time of booking. Our cancellation policy is 48 hrs prior to your trip for parties of 6 or less, 72 hrs for parties of 6 or more. If you cancel before that time will refund your money minus a 10% service fee. Cancellations in less than that, you will be charged the full amount of the tour..
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!
“First Class… one of the best days ever!”
“No one is better connected to the region than Destination
“Melanie and Diane go above and beyond to create a wonderful & memorable experience”
“A day that we will always remember…”
“Everything about the day exceeded even our highest
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