NAPA's Got Nothing on LA-PA: A 2016 Guide to LA's Best Wineries

April 20, 2016

The truth is, you don’t have to go far for some of the best wine in the world if you live anywhere on the west coast. BUT, why travel all the way to NAPA when you have some of the best of the best wine right in your own backyard?

In fact, if you live in LA you have access to six separate AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) without even leaving the county, meaning six distinct plots with unique conditions for growing (and eventually making) wine. To break it down, if you put the same grape in the ground in each AVA, the varied conditions would likely make the same grape taste completely different.

What does this mean for you? It means you have a lot of catching up to do, to discover the many flavors of your home turf!

From Discover California Wines, here are 6 wineries listed in the near-LA region. After deciding which ones are right for you. check out our tours and visit a few in one day!

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    Malibu Wine Tour

    Take a drive from the Santa Monica Pier to the beautiful Malibu Wine Country. Enjoy a guided tour of Malibu's prestigious and highly regarded wineries, the Rosenthal Winery and Malibu Wines. This tour was specifically designed for an intimate small group experience that includes exceptionally fine wine tasting packed in with unforgettable views. This tour is perfect for couples looking to take a romantic getaway, wine enthusiasts, and anyone looking to have a great time under the sun while enjoying the finest wines the region has to offer. Sit back, relax, and let the award-winning tour guides show you the hidden treasures of Malibu's most sought after gems.
    Malibu Wine Tour

    350 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

    • Enjoy pickup from a centrally located meeting point
    • Guaranteed small group size ensures personal service
    • Experience fine wine tasting packed in with stunning views
    • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
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    Basic Beer-Making Class

    Tired of having to pay insane prices for beers at the bar? Got a penchant for big vats of brews? Come learn the inner workings of beer making in a group class and gain the necessary insight on how to make your own beer at home. In this class, you’ll uncover how to mix ingredients to brew bright, citrusy IPAs, malty ales, and dark, chocolate-y stouts and porters. Not only will you have a practical understanding of how to brew, but you’ll also understand the science behind how different styles are created. Your favorite drink is always on tap when you’re the one making it.
    Basic Beer-Making Class

    4352 Eileen St, Simi Valley

    • Learn the inner workings of making delicious beers
    • Discover how to create everything from IPAs to stouts
    • Practice mixing ingredients to create your favorite brew
    • Start your journey towards becoming a beer connoisseur
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    Catalina Happy Hour Tour

    Wrap up your beach day with a bit of a buzz. You will weave your way through downtown Avalon, where you’ll sample six specialty cocktails and shots on this fun-filled tour! Your tour includes some light appetizers, which will help to keep you steady on your feet. You'll discover the best watering holes to return to, sample creative concoctions that Catalina is known for, and receive the lowdown on nightlife in Avalon. Stops include Coyote Joe’s, Luau Larry’s, Maggie’s Blue Rose, Bluewater Avalon, and the Marlin Club. With your enthusiastic guide and new drinking buddies, you’ll feel like you’re drinking with friends in your hometown bar.
    Catalina Happy Hour Tour

    Catalina Ave, Avalon

    • Enjoy a fascinating tour of the best bars and restaurants in Catalina
    • Sample 6 different creative cocktails and shots
    • Snack on light appetizers to help keep you going through the tour
    • Get the inside scoop on Catalina’s nightlife scene
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    Deluxe Champagne Airplane Tour

    Begin this tour by propelling through Long Beach and LA's Harbor. Fly around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, up through the beach cities of Hermosa, Redondo, Manhattan and Marina Del Rey and over to the Santa Monica Mountains. Then soar over the Getty Center, Brentwood, the Pacific Palisades and over some of Beverly Hills' celebrity homes! Finally, fly over the Hollywood Hills, Universal Studios, Dodger Stadium and downtown skyscrapers before heading back. The Deluxe Champagne Tour allows plenty of time to discover LA from the air, while relaxing and enjoying a bottle of champagne. This is one of the most popular LA airplane tours and is one of the cheapest ways you can see LA from the sky in an airplane! Enjoy spectacular views of:
    • Long Beach Skyscrapers
    • The Queen Mary
    • L.A. Harbor
    • World Cruise Center
    • Ports-O-Call Village
    • Palos Verdes Estates
    • The cliffs off Palos Verdes Peninsula
    • Rolling Hills Estates (USA's "Top 5 Highest Income Per Capita" ... stunning homes)
    • Cabrillo Beach
    • Manhattan Beach
    • Hermosa Beach
    • Redondo Beach and Pier
    • San Pedro
    • The South Bay (LA's Underrated Peninsula)
    • Famous Celebrity Homes and Landmarks
    • Spectacular View of Downtown Los Angeles
    • The Staples Center
    • L.A. Coliseum
    • Television City
    • The Beverly Center
    • Century City
    • Getty Center
    • Bel Air
    • Beverly Hills
    • Hollywood Bowl
    • Hollywood Sign
    • Griffith Park Observatory
    • Dodgers Stadium, and more...
    Note: The listed price does not include a $10 per person fuel surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The fuel surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
    Deluxe Champagne Airplane Tour

    901 W Alondra Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Travel from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and up the coast through the Santa Monica Mountains
    • Enjoy unforgettable views of L.A. Harbor, Rolling Hills Estates, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Sign
    • Discover LA from the air as you sip champagne
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