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“An amazing way to spend a gorgeous fall day!”

Grapeline Wine Tours Santa Barbara
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Owner description: Get ready for a flexible, fun-filled day in the vineyards, sampling liquid treasures crafted by passionate local winemakers. Discover Santa Barbara's premier wine region aboard The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle – a fleet of deluxe shuttles with friendly hosts and thoughtfully arranged itineraries. Daily public tours as well as private group outings.
Los Angeles
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16 reviews
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“An amazing way to spend a gorgeous fall day!”
Reviewed 2 November 2009

Santa Ynez in October is delightful under any circumstances...but being chauffered along the winding roads to winery after winery was a truly lovely experience. Our host, Tom Darwin, was knowledgeable and friendly and responsive to our tastes and requests. We visited 4 gorgeous wineries and had a splendid picnic lunch in the afternoon breeze. The only request denied was our pleading to take a nap under the shade trees around 2 p.m. Otherwise, we enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this wonderful excursion to anyone wanting to sample the many offerings of this region.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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“Great, will do again”
Reviewed 12 October 2009

This company goes above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable and having a good time. The do everything from picking you up from your hotel, driving the group from winery to winery and packaging anything that you may purchase along the way. At the end, they also give you a souvenir wine glass from every winery that you visit. When my boyfriend and I first got on the bus, everyone was friendly but still a little hesitant in mingling. By the end of this day, we all knew things about each other such as careers and family situations. This is a great way to try different types of wines to find what you like best. We had different levels of wine drinkers, all of which appeared to be having a good time. One couple was celebrating an anniversary by doing this tour for the 3rd time! This is something I will do again, great company and great wine!

1 Thank KLAFamily
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Los Angeles
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy the Santa Barbara Wineries”
Reviewed 29 September 2009

There are so many wineries in the Santa Barbara wine land, you will have to make a selection! Melville Vineyard is a cool place to enjoy a picnic and your wine in a beautiful setting! The winery has a Mediterranean touch and you will feel like in the heart of Tuscany!

A "off-the-beaten-path" recommendation is to visit the little Danish town Solvang. You can still feel the influence of the Danish settlers and you will find everything, from windmills and Danish pastries to great Danish restaurants. But of course, this little town also has two wine tasting rooms. Check out the Presidio, they have great wines and outstanding service!

Enjoy your time in Santa Barbara!

1 Thank FoxRentACar
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The Coast
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Wine, the Social Lubricant”
Reviewed 3 September 2009

Two friends started out on this wine tasting oddysey, and 18 friends came home. In the beginning, everyone is fairly quiet. Talking quietly to the ones they came with. But after tasting a few dozen wines, the social barriers come down. We had an absolute blast hanging out with, among others, a couple old enough to be our grandparents. By the end of the trip, everyone on board, who came from like 5 different hotels, was promising to come back next year and do it again. We probably won't but that's not the point.

It's just a really well-planned day with a good amount of wine information, enough wine to feel happy but not sloppy, a super good lunch, and a very accommodating driver/guide. I'll be doing this regular.

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San Diego County
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3 reviews
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“Great value, beautiful wine country”
Reviewed 20 August 2009

Decided to use this wine tour service on the second day of a wine tasting excursion after driving the first day and realizing that between the generous pours in the area and the prevalent DUI checkpoints, ya better not drive. Wow... it may be a better deal than driving yourself. We spent $98 for a six hour tour that included a prearranged winemaking tour at Firestone Winery, a notably scrumptious lunch set up at a quant little winery that starts with a B (wine memory), and a total of four wine tastings included that would have cost us $40pp if we had driven ourselves. Plus we got discounts on purchases that ended up saving over $30 between the two of us and a "host" (they don't call themselves "drivers" who actually changed up the planned itinerary to give us more great Pinot Noirs. Not sure how the math works out, but what we paid for the 6-hours of a knowledgable and accommodating DD was dirt cheap! I will do this again, but next time with a bunch of girlfriends. The guys are ready for beer after the second stop, so I would recommend this mainly for girlfriend outings.

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