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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    Ventura County Wineries Group Tour

    Need some wining after your dining? Hit the Ventura County Wine Trail with this post-lunch winery tour! You'll visit four different popular wineries. At each stop, you'll enjoy delicious wine samples paired with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate! Along the way, you'll learn about the history of the local wine culture, expand your knowledge of various wine styles, and discover some new favorite wines. You'll even have the chance to get an inside look at one of the wineries you visit with a production tour! Learning about wine has never been so fine!
    Ventura County Wineries Group Tour

    Camarillo, Camarillo

    • Explore the wineries of Ventura County during a guided group tour
    • Visit 4 different wineries for tastings, and enjoy cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate pairings
    • Get a behind the scenes look at the workings of a winery with a production tour
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during an engaging and intimate adventure
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    South Bay Brewery Tour

    The Beach Cities of Los Angeles are famous for its surf, sand and sun... but what's truly hot around the beachside of LA? The Beer. Come visit 3 of the best local craft breweries in the Torrance, Redondo Beach and El Segundo area with this all-inclusive brewery tour where you'll learn (and forget) as much as you like about what makes beer taste so good and why you should drink it every day of your life. A flight of beer is included at each location, so you'll have to problem trying many varieties, the only problem you'll have is choosing your favorite.
    South Bay Brewery Tour

    2226 E El Segundo Blvd, El Segundo

    • Visit 3 breweries in the South Bay of Los Angeles
    • Sample beer from breweries such as Smog City, Monkish and Strand Brewing
    • Hang out with like-minded beer enthusiasts.
    • See the inside of a fully operating craft brewery
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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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    Santa Barbara Wine Country Ballooning and Wine Tasting

    Getting high on life in Santa Ynez isn't always about popping open a bottle of vino"... sometimes it's about soaring hundreds of feet in the air! During this exhilarating experience, you'll do just that as you take to the morning sky in a hot air balloon. Spend nearly an hour flying over the sprawling vineyards and the more than 100 wineries located in the valley. Sights also include the Transverse Mountain Ranges, the Channel Islands, Lake Cachuma, and several historic towns. Santa Ynez Valley is a lovely place to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, with light winds and nearly perfect climate for the ballooning year round. You'll enjoy a flowing, turbulence-free experience that even those traditionally afraid of flying will find soothing and easy to handle. Plus, you'll be flying with a company that puts safety and fun hand in hand. Afterwards, you'll have the chance to toast to your experience while visiting two different boutique wineries. Visits include transportation and tasting fees, so all you have to worry about bringing is your tastebuds! Your guide will also work with you to select wineries that suit your palate, selecting from a variety of popular destinations in the valley. Cheers!
    Santa Barbara Wine Country Ballooning and Wine Tasting

    2432 Railway Ave, Los Olivos

    • Embark on a thrilling morning balloon ride over Santa Ynez Valley
    • Check out the sprawling vineyards and dozens of wineries of below
    • Relax during an easy-going float perfect for snapping photos or just taking in the view
    • Celebrate your morning by visiting two boutique wineries for guided tastings
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    The Brewery Art Complex Tour

    Picture this: a 27-acre art complex 13 buildings. 500 people living and working on the premises. And what's it all about? Art -- art everywhere you walk, look, and breathe. This isn't a daydream. It's real, and it's an artist's paradise. Discover the grounds of the world's largest artist live/work complex during this informative and unforgettable tour. Walk through one mile of this incredibly beautiful complex alongside artists serving as guides. Listen to their stories and ask them questions about their work. Art lovers will surely be drawn to this experience!
    The Brewery Art Complex Tour

    670 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles

    • Explore 1 mile of the world's largest artist live/work complex
    • Meet the artists while being surrounded by their own work
    • Learn more about the art culture of LA and the historic grounds the art complex stands on
    • Enjoy a day basking in the beautiful views and illustrative art
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    El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour

    Do you enjoy wine so much that you often find yourself Instagramming your filled glass? Do you take capturing your indulgent moments very seriously? Bring some friends and walk along the historic Presidio neighborhood, where you'll sample some of the finest wines produced in the local Santa Ynez valley. You won't just drink wine -- you'll actually learn to taste wine and get a good sense of how to differentiate between types. You can't do all that consuming on an empty stomach, though! You will also be sampling some German-style brats and international cheeses that perfectly complement your drinks. You won't leave empty handed either! Throughout your tour, you will be taught useful tips on how to take better pictures, so bring along your iPhone or prized DSLR camera. Bring some friends for a day you'll never forget! Well, maybe you will with enough wine. Cheers!
    El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour

    225 State Street, Santa Barbara

    • Take a 3-hour walking tour around Santa Barbara to taste some the best wines of the Santa Ynez valley
    • Sample some German-style brats and international cheeses to enjoy with your wine
    • Enjoy memorable boozy times with great friends
    • Step up your Instagram game and snap some photos
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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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    Happy Canyon Ride with Wine & Lunch

    Love living your life on two wheels? Tap into your "Happy Canyon" place during this scenic bike tour! You'll spend the better part of a day cycling through Santa Barbara Wine Country, covering 20-30 miles of distance in the process. As you pedal at a leisurely pace, you'll find your mind swept away by a landscape of rolling hills and distant mountains. Ride past renowned thoroughbred horse ranches and sprawling vineyards, enjoying insights and anecdotes from a local guide as you go. If you'd like a little extra challenge, you can ride uphill for a spell, tackling the twists and turns of Figueroa Mountain. Or you can just enjoy the scenery of Happy Canyon for a more relaxed journey. Either way, you'll find your way to a local boutique winery. There you'll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, a wine tasting, and learn a bit about the wine industry before making your way back to downtown Solvang!
    Happy Canyon Ride with Wine & Lunch

    1693 Mission Dr, Solvang

    • Enjoy a 20-30-mile bike ride through scenic Santa Barbara Wine Country
    • Cruise through Happy Canyon or challenge yourself with a ride up Figueroa Mountain
    • Visit a local winery for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting
    • Treat yourself to a moderate physical challenge in a beautiful countryside
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