What to expect
- Explore the wineries of Santa Ynez during a guided group tour
- Visit 4 different wineries for tastings, and enjoy a picnic lunch
- Take behind the scenes tours of both vineyards and production facilities
- Expand your knowledge of wine during an engaging and intimate adventure
About this Activity
The county around Santa Ynez provides a range of microclimates and soils, allowing over 50 different varieties of grapes to be grown, and thus numerous styles of high quality wines to be made. As you tour the area, your guide will fill you in on the history of this thriving wine country as you travel, offering unique insights to add a layer of delicious complexity to your experience.
You'll visit four of the local wineries over the course of this day-long experience, plus enjoy both a vineyard and production tour to expand your knowledge of winemaking.
Of course, at each stop there will be plenty of tasting, allowing you to see what makes these wineries so special. Plus, you'll fuel the fun with a gourmet picnic lunch!
We detect notes of fun, fun, and more fun!
Learning about wine has never been so fine!
Note: Please include your pick-up location in special requests. Pick-up is available at your location Ventura County West. There is an extra fee for locations South of Camarillo or Ojai. Must be 21+ to participate in activity. A two person minimum is required to book this tour.
|Price||$145.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||7 hours|
|Rating||30 positive reviews|
Jennifer W.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) June 4, 2017
Did this for my husbands 40th birthday. We learned so much from Lisa. She is an excellent sommelier! We are hoping to do the longer trip in the future. We found many wines that we enjoyed.
Isabelle L.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) April 5, 2017
My husband surprised me with this tour for my birthday last weekend. I have always wanted to go to Santa Barbara's wine country and his idea of taking a tour was perfect. Lisa, our guide and certified sommelier, was great! She had great information and history throughout our trip. The drive was beautiful and she made it even better by pointing out sights & sharing stories. In the beginning she asked us if we knew what kind of wines we enjoyed and from there she took us to our first winery. She made sure to observe what we enjoyed and disliked and tailored the rest of our trip to our tastes. She led us to what are now our fave wines (by the way, my husband and I have different tastes).
We were picked up from our hotel and We went to 4 wineries. She also had us pick from a lunch menu before the trip and we enjoyed our delicious sandwiches at a picnic table at one of the wineries. She provided plenty of water and made sure to take a picture of us at every winery. Which, was great, because we kept forgetting to take pictures ourselves.
During the tastings, she would step out and just let us enjoy ourselves. You can tell she has a good relationship with the wineries and we were able to take a behind the scenes tour through one of them.
The ride was very very comfortable. I highly recommend this tour! They also have a wine, cheese and chocolate tour in Ventura, which we will definitely be going to someday.
Camarillo C.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) January 13, 2017
Second year in a row with Explore Wines . After last year, didn't think this year could be even better - but it was. Lisa provides the perfect blend of Expertise and Bedside Manner. Consulted with us a week before and then chose just the right wineries. Great vehicle - roomy and comfortable. What a blast - highly recommend Explore Wines.
Courtney E.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour January 5, 2017
I was able to book a tour for just myself and a friend without it costing a fortune! We got the best personalized group tour around. We were able to get a history of wine making! It was a wonderful day! Lisa is truly an amazing woman to take a tour from! She took the best care of us showing us every part of the wine making process!
Love love love!
Adam S.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) November 26, 2016
Not even sure where to begin....was recommended by a friend of Lisa's so I wasn't sure what exactly to expect. For what it's worth; I am blown away! Not only is it the best tour of any kind I have been on(wine, fishing, Rome etc), it was the most educational and behind the scenes tour in Santa Barbara wine country you can find. Lisa picked us up at our AirBNB and it was an all inclusive, not just wine tasting, but wine experience. If you want to experience what Santa Barbara/ Santa Ynez/Solvang has to offer, book your trip today. True true EXPERIENCE!
Christina C.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour July 24, 2016
My family and I were staying at the Ojai Valley Inn and decided to go wine tasting. The concierge at the hotel recommended that we use this company and we were really happy we did. Lisa picked us up at our hotel and got a feel for what our group was most interested in doing. From there she planned the perfect day for us and made sure to share her knowledge all along the way. We went to four unique wineries and an ostrich farm. Lunch was included on our tour and the tour van she took us around in was very nice. We really enjoyed Lisa's company and had lots on fun chatting with her on drive. She did not rush us and we were not on a strict time frame. We were able to take as much time as we wanted at each winery which made the day that much more enjoyable. Lisa also pointed out spots where the sideways movie was made and gave us some fun facts about the movie. If you are looking to take a private tour in this area Lisa is the perfect choice.
Ashley C.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour July 19, 2016
Lisa was awesome! She picked our group of 6 up in Ojai (the only tour that even does that!). We spent the day going to three awesome wineries. Lisa took the time to explain lots of little details to us about the wine and how wine is made. Each winery had great staff and also took their time with us. The lunch provided by Explore Wines was DELICIOUS! Our group comes from NYC, so we though finding gourmet paninis on the west coast that were as good as NYC was going to be a challenge but they exceeded that! Lisa took us to Solvang to do a little exploring on our way back to Ojai. AND being without a car, she drove us to our final destination for the night. All in all, one of the greatest Cali experiences we've ever had!
Adrienne P.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour April 25, 2016
If you are at all interested in learning more about wine while enjoying a great tour this is the one to choose .Lisa took us around the Oxnard Ventura area and the places she selected were great . A lovely lunch was also included .A brilliant time and can't wait to do it again !
Gaetan C.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour April 17, 2016
I had a tour with them recently and i have to say that the experience was above my expectations.
Lisa is very nice and highly knowlegeable!
I learned a lot about the wine country and the wine making, we visited some wonderful vineyards and were welcomed very well.
Our gourmet lunch was set up on a outside table during one of our visit so everything was ready after the tasting, we even had the last pour with our meal.
I highly recommend Explore Wines Tour, they are worthwhile!
Lauren B.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour February 7, 2016
New wine tour for Explore Wine Tour! Wine, chocolate and cheese.... Fun day all local in Ventura County. Meet the winemakers and relax and let Lisa do the driving. We had a great day visiting; Strey Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, and Rancho Ventavo Cellars.
Deb F.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) January 27, 2016
Lisa is the BEST. She knows everything about wine! We learned so much and had such an amazing time. The drives were beautiful and the wineries were expertly picked for our group. You can tell Lisa is well loved by the community. You feel like an insider when you are being guided by Lisa. Was so fun! Cant wait to go again! Thanks Lisa!
John F.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) January 26, 2016
Really Fun! This tour creates an inviting and easy entrance to enhanced pleasure.
*I took the Sommelier-guided tour with Lisa, the owner, and I really enjoyed how she taught us how to explore and please our individual pallets. No right or wrong -- just fun.
*While Lisa has a passion for wine, it is based on enjoyment, not about strange terms and esoteric knowledge. It is not about snobbery, but about exploration.
*Lisa is part sommelier, part tour guide and part charmer. I really enjoyed myself.
Maxwell B.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour January 10, 2016
My fiancée and I stayed in Ojai over a weekend last Fall and were surprised to find that most of the wine tour companies did not serve Ojai valley. After calling around, we stumbled across Explore Wines. Lisa was very accommodating, asking us whether quality of wine or views on the tour was more important to us and drove all the way out into the sticks to pick us up. The tour was so much fun. We got a full-fledged history of wine making in California and as a card carrying sommelier, Lisa really knew here stuff. We'll definitely take another tour with her.
Al M.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour January 10, 2016
We had the absolute best time with Lisa! It was such a treat to go wine tasting with someone who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire wine making process. From driving all the way to Ojai to pick us up to bringing me a special dessert because it was my birthday, Lisa really went out of her way to make sure we had a memorable experience. I cannot recommend Explore Wines enough- Lisa made our vacations and I can't wait to go on another tour with her! Cheers!
Scott A.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) October 17, 2015
My wife and I took this tour because we did not know anything about wines. Lisa started by picking us up at our house and driving us to the wineries. Lisa was superb in educating us on wines and took us to several wineries so we could taste different wines from the different areas in Santa Barbara/Santa Maria. She is extremely knowledgable on the wines and the growing areas and she was very helpful in help us to find our tastes by tailoring the winery tour to us. I cannot say enough good things about Lisa. Take the tour with Lisa and you will really enjoy it. Thank you for everything Lisa!
Nixi J.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour October 9, 2015
Another amazing tour with the wonderful Lisa! She introduced me to so many great wines. This was my third tour with her and I can't wait for the next! You're missing out if you haven't had a wine tour with Lisa.
Nargis M.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour September 23, 2015
Me and my significant other did 4 Ventura wineries, and on top of having a bunch of different wines to taste, we even got to punch down some Zinfandel. Lisa was very fun and informative, and she even went above and beyond by giving us a ride all the way to our next boat tour and got us there just in time :D will be coming back for her other tours, since she does different ones throughout the year!!!
Dan M.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) September 20, 2015
Went on an outstanding wine tour today, hosted by Lisa. The information that was passed onto our party, combined with the wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley we visited, created a perfect and informative day. The wines we sampled were great, good enough that I joined the wine club at one of the wineries. Private attention from the owners of the wineries made things even more engaging and nice. Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Nancy W.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour April 26, 2015
Lisa was so accommodating and knowledgable, a thoroughly enjoyable day exploring Santa Barbara. It was obvious that our enjoyment was her main objective. Thank you, Lisa! We will be back - hopefully soon!
Susan L.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) April 19, 2015
Honestly I was skeptical with having a driver and a tour. But all the four girlfriends I went with opted to do this and I was game. Our driver Lisa turned out to be extremely knowledgeable about wine and not snobby about it. She took us to four wineries, one of which was only open to private tours (Pence), and another tour that took us on a tour of the property (Martian). After driving several hours to solvang, the last thing we wanted to do was worry about the driving. She even handled the little details like lunch with dishes, napkins, and tablecloths. The price includes all the wine tastings so at the end of the day, if you are going to hire a driver, the cost is similar. This was a perfect arrangement for a girls getaway trip. I don't recommend this for bachelorette parties though.
Hayley S.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) April 13, 2015
Lisa is a wonderful guide and Explore Wines is a must for visiting wine country either for the first time or 100th time. I have been to wine country many times and know a fair amount about the area. I couldn't believe how much more I learned from Lisa! She has a wealth of knowledge ranging from the history of wine country in California to the subtle nuances of each type of grape. For my bachelorette party, Explore Wines took me and 10 friends up to Santa Ynez Valley. Lisa picked a few wineries that we'd never been to before that catered to our taste. I was amazed to be introduced to such wonderful wineries. Lunch was included in the price. We had fabulous sandwiches, chips, and cookies, while drinking wine in a perfect setting. It was such a wonderful day! I highly recommend Explore Wines! It couldn't have been better!
Cindy S.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour March 30, 2015
Lisa Stoll the brains behind Explore Wines is amazing. I have used her two times. The first was Santa Ynez/Los Olivis the 2nd was Paso Robles. Her ability to book the unusual and unique venus is what makes her tours so exceptional. She asked my preferences and went from there. A moment with Andrew Murray's wife ( he was busy meeting with Whole Foods); off roading in Santa Maria to taste Force of Nature- i could go one- simply put spend the day with Lisa
Ki F.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour September 15, 2014
One of the best days of my life,,,,,
Lisa was so welcoming,full of knowledge , and above all, so professional.
We were spoiled in so many ways, and the food was amazing and served beautifully .the car was very very comfortable and clean, and Lisa's smile was "on" the whole day. This trip was a big success. Thank you Lisa. .
Jessica S.Santa Ynez Wineries Group Tour September 2, 2014
Lisa is literally the best guide ever! She is an impressively educated somm, plays fun games on the drive up, and is genuinely a wonderful person. More than a great wine tour - she loves what she does, and it shows. Can't wait to be up in Santa Barbara again! Thanks for a great weekend! Xo the ladies of MRD House.
Jen R.Ventura County Wineries Group Tour September 2, 2014
The other reviews are on point! What I would love to add is that if you are a ventura county resident, and are looking for a great local tour, this is the one to go on. We toured 3 wineries right here in town that we didn't even know existed (2 in old town Oxnard and 1 in downtown Ventura)! The bang for your buck is excellent due to the fact that Lisa is a Sommelier and her relationships with the wineries are great. The personal lunch was an excellent touch as well with just the right amount of tasty treats to prevent a food coma but allowing you to keep wine tastig. What makes her wine knowledge and history stand out is the comprehensive and down to earth manner in which she shares it. I look forward to the next time we get to book a tour for ANY occasion!
Robin W.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekends) September 2, 2014
As a birthday gift for my 50th my girlfriends hired Lisa for our very own personalized wine tour! Lisa was so much fun! She not only knows wine but she knows the winery's that she takes you to and the wine makers! Talk about a personal experience!! We were all thrilled beyond belief with our day! Lisa brought us to three winery's and provided a picnic soirée at the 2nd winery. I learned so much about wine and the wine making process! I even got to "punch down" grapes! Highly highly recommend Explore Wines for your next wine tasting excursion!!'
Jennifer A.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) August 19, 2014
My friends and I booked a local wine tasting tour to celebrate our birthdays. Lisa came and picked us up and took us to 4 different local wineries. She gave us a history of wine making and wine making in our local area. Her knowledge of wines and wine making is amazing! We learned a lot during this adventure. It is also very apparent that she is well liked and respected at the wineries we attended! Super fantastic day! I am already looking forward to my next wine tasting tour with her!
Melissa M.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) July 18, 2014
Can not say enough good things about Lisa and Explore Wines. Lisa organized a fantastic day for my small company - she picked us up, took us to a tasting room in downtown Santa Barbara, and then we headed up to a few vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. It was obvious she has a great relationship with these wineries - we were treated like VIP everywhere. And while we drove from one destination to the next Lisa gave us an overview of the region's history with wine - very educational and entertaining.
Ann S.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) January 16, 2014
I have to say that I was never more engaged and entertained at the same time! Very knowledgeable and personable driver - I would recommend this service to anyone!
Gen O.A Day with a Sommelier Private Tour (Weekdays) April 13, 2016
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