Totally Cali Tours
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Totally Cali Tours was started with fun in mind first! We have extensive knowledge of local history, as well as all the cool spots to hang out and find excellent food and drink. We offer amazing wine, beer and food tasting tours that incorporate important historical landmarks as well as interesting pop culture tidbits. Our tours will live in your memory as one of the best days of your life.
Santa Barbara, California

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Climber54729711967
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I took my girlfriend on a weekend trip to the wine country near Santa Barbara. She had never been before and I hadn’t been for a long time so it sounded like a good idea. Being off-season and between Christmas and New Years I wasn’t sure what to expect. However Melissa and her tour service far out exceeded our expectations. She was very knowledgeable, humorous and attentive. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to explore that part of the world...
Written January 6, 2020
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jblaze121
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We enjoyed our walking and drinking tour of Santa Barbara. The guide was very knowledgeable on the local history and architecture as well as the local social spots. We never felt rushed. The experience was like a friend showing you their city. Definitely recommend!
Written November 9, 2020
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grapeeape
Vienna, VA533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and I were meeting friends in Santa Barbara for NYE and as we waited for everyone to arrive we booked a wine and chocolate tasting/walking tour. Melissa spent the afternoon with us teaching us some history of Santa Barbara. It was our first time visiting so it was nice to have a guided tour. The tastings were wonderful as well. It is a walking tour and although a comfortable stroll, you can sneakily get in btw 4-5 miles in round trip depending where you meet up and if you stay near downtown so where comfortable shoes. We felt armed with knowledge that Melissa shared to take on the weekend. Recommend if you have time.
Written January 1, 2024
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dazy52
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Shout out to Cali Tours. My friends and I had an informative and fun walking tour of Funk Zone and downtown Santa Barbara. The arranged sparkling wine tastings were awesome - even learned more about the wine industry in the area. Highly recommend
Cali Tours for a planned tour around Santa Barbara.
Written February 5, 2024
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DittoD
Washington, DC70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We made our own reservations for two winery production tours based on a wine sommelier’s recommendation. Unfortunately, we forgot about finding a driver for the day so we could fully enjoy the tasting experiences. In stepped Mellissa, who worked out all of the logistics and suggested a final winery before heading back to Santa Barbara. Although we contacted her mainly as a driver, she ended up being so much more, talking about the history of the area, food, what to see and do the next few days of our trip and just talking about life. The only downside was the research time in finding her. So far she has only 7 five star reviews, she deserves 100! Contact her and add to the total.
Written May 4, 2018
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Thank you so much for taking a Totally Cali Tours wine charter! I am so pleased that you were happy with the service that Totally Cali Tours provided for you wine country visit.
Written May 8, 2018
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Sharon B
Lebanon, PA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Son, Daughter-in-law, and I were fortunate to spend our first day in Santa Barbara with Melissa on this tour. We learned a lot about the history and culture and got to sample some excellent cocktails and food. Melissa is knowledgeable and fun! I highly recommend her tours.
Written March 2, 2019
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bluebedbug2018
San Diego, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Top-notch tasting experience at a surprisingly low cost…and the tastings fees were even INCLUDED in the price of the tour!

While I have used various other wine touring companies in the past and have enjoyed them all, I’m so happy that I discovered and booked a wine tour with the relatively new company Totally Cali Tours. The experience was superb and the highlight of my most recent visit to Santa Barbara.

In a nutshell, Totally Cali Tours was my favorite out of all my many previous wine tours due to the well-planned itinerary, seamless VIP experience, fun and professional tour guide (Melissa), delightfully tasty boutique wineries, and the low cost of the tour for what it includes. We were chauffeured in a classy company van to 4 wineries, one olive oil tasting, lunch, and a historical bonus stop.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Comfort and Timeliness: We were picked up at our hotel precisely on time in a new, very clean, comfortable, company van (with a maximum of 8 seats).

Personality: Melissa was knowledgeable, personable, entertaining, fun, helpful, accommodating and kind.

During the 40 minute drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez, Melissa was not only friendly and personable, but she was also interesting and informative.

As we drove, Melissa pointed out landmarks and shared the fascinating history associated with what we saw… From fun facts, to fascinating history of the region as well as why the area is perfectly suited for winegrowing… I was impressed with her knowledge and it made the drive fun and interesting.

In addition, to perfectly choreographing this tour for us, Melissa also also was sweet to take photos of us throughout the tour as well as carrying and safely storing the wine we bought.

Itinerary and VIP experience: Each of the four boutique Wineries were superb in wine quality, scenery, and staff attentiveness. Each winery had different specialties.

I was impressed that Melissa clearly arranged a special appointment for us, because from the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. We never had to wait in line, and were made to feel like we were the only people tasting.

Later in the day we stopped at a small farm that had olive oil tastings for their homemade flavored olive oil. I now have my new secret-ingredient of rosemary garlic olive oil. Yum!

For lunch, Melissa had arranged for us to have lunch at a splendid Italian restaurant that is often hard to get into. The food was divine and the perfectly cooked salmon melted in my mouth.

Melissa had a cooler of bottled water that she seemed to magically pull lout at the right moments.

Later, at one of the small wineries, we even had an exclusive, private tasting inside the barrel-room of the winery. Here, one of the staff poured the various wines as she educated us on the history of the winery and wine maker, including the challenges they have had growing the grapes, variables that effect the flavor of the wine, growing, picking, processing and aging. It was fascinating! As we learned about the process she poured the wine and let us taste the variations in the wine that she was describing. I could actually taste the subtle differences that she was describing! It was such a fun, cool experience and the whole thing made my boyfriend and I feel very special.

At the end of the tour, as we were heading back, I asked Melissa if we could stop at Cold Springs Tavern briefly. Cold Springs Tavern is a historic location and I was hoping to show the historic building and cool location to my boyfriend. Even though it wasn’t in the plan, Melissa was so sweet and accommodating to make this extra stop for us.

Value: This was an all-day wine tour that included door to door picked-up and drop-off from where we where staying in Santa Barbara, it INCLUDED all the wine tastings fees (which surprised me at this price point), olive oil tasting, reservations for lunch, photos, bottled water, etc.

Totally Cali Tours is a hidden gem and has raised the bar on the wine-tour experience. We had a splendid time and I can’t wait to do it again. I will certainly be rebooking a wine tour with Melissa as well as trying some of her other local tours.

Thank you so much Melissa for a fabulous experience!
Written September 10, 2018
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Thank you for taking a Totally Cali Tour! We're so happy you had such a great time!
Written October 12, 2018
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VenturaFoodTours
Ventura, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
I went on this tour with a group of girlfriends this weekend and had a blast. I know Melissa through my food walking tour business and wanted to check out her wine tours because people are always asking me about tours of the Santa Barbara Wine Country. This tour didn't disappoint! My friends and I drove up from Ventura and took the whole day tour- it felt like a mini vacation. We tasted at 4 different wineries, tasted olive oil and also stopped at a yummy bakery in Solvang. I would highly recommend this tour!
Written August 27, 2017
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Ben A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My wife and I enjoyed a splendid visit to Solvang and Los Olivos. Melissa did a fantastic job hosting us. She was very knowledgeable about the area, highlighting the historic sites, recommending great wine tasting rooms, places to eat, and stores to visit. We were thoroughly satisfied with this excursion and highly recommend this to everyone
Written February 17, 2020
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Craig D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After the holidays we didn't want a full day of only wine. This was a great tour. Relaxing and informative. Great to learn about the area, towns, history, and.... oh ya, there was wine!. And of course, it all comes together because of Melissa and her professionalism and her congeniality. Thank you Melissa, we enjoyed it all.
Written January 9, 2020
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