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Grapeline Wine Tours Santa Barbara
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Went on the grapeline wine tour this past weekend and had a great time! we got to see 4 wineries, and at each winery (particularly curtis) were treated so well, because the wineries clearly respected the bus trip we were on. Kris was amazing!!

Thank cara s
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

On a lark, I went on a wine tasting tour after a plan to go kayaking to the channel islands was cancelled last minute due to weather. The wine country is actually not in Santa Barbara, it's about half an hour away in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Grapeline picks you up right from the hotel lobby and travels through a pass in the mountains to get to Santa Ynez wine country. We started off with a drive through Solvang which is a quaint little Danish village with lots of bakeries and chocolate shops. The Santa Ynez appelation has more than 100 wineries. We tasted wines at four very different wineries, each had a very different feeling to it. At one of the wineries, an inviting lunch table was set nicely for our picnic, and my sandwich and salad were very good. Lunch also comes with an oversized cookie, which is wrapped up in case you want to save it for later, which is what I did. It actually takes about 5 or 6 hours to visit all the wineries, learn a little bit about wine making at the first one, and try out about 25 different wines in all. You definitely feel the wine, and by the end of the day everyone on the bus is very social and in a very good mood. The tour is very well organized and they take care of you so you just have to relax and drink and have fun. The guide provided interesting information and played music throughout the day. He also organized all our wine in our own private boxes in the back of the bus which is a nice service touch. I would try this again and would definitely recommend it to anyone with a free day who loves wine.

Thank Brook M
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I'm a regular Grapeline junkie now. I've been twice in Paso and twice in Santa Ynez, and it is always something different and always a delight. My most recent outing was with a new guy, who didn't seem too keen on the idea at first but became a convert by winery 3. This all day wine tour, and Patron Silver, are my two guilty pleasures in life.

Thank CleanPipes
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

My wife and I did a tour in November. It was mid-week and as such it was just us and another couple. The driver/guide David was very friendly and knowledgeable about wine and the area. We stopped at four different wineries that David selected that morning (after inquiring as to our tastes in wine). These included Firestone, Curtis and Buttonwood (don;t remember the fourth). All the wine was good and we bought a half of a case between them. And at one of the wineries we were able to do a tour and see the wine-making process.

The scenery was great driving from winery to winery. And David made sure to point out the interesting things along the way.

The lunch was good- a sandwich, salad, cookie and bottle of water- from a local deli. David set it up on a picnic table while we were at our second tasting of the day.

I would recommend this highly.

Thank RiverEddy
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

I called to book a Thursday tour and was asked if we were celebrating any occasion. I told them anniversary. We were picked up by Tom at the Hyatt. Tom works Thursday through Sunday. There were 7 passengers total that day, a nice small group. When we were all picked up. Tom mentioned all the birthdays and anniversaries, which was a nice touch. The bus was comfortable. We were given an itinerary. If you don't have a special request, Tom makes up the itinerary. When Tom found out a lady in our group wanted to get Bourbon for her husband (she didn't mention this when she booked), he adjusted the itinerary by substituting one of the winery with Mosby, which makes Bourbon.

We stopped at Curtis Winery, Brander, had lunch at Brander, then Mosby and Lafond. We also stopped at the Rancho Olivos for olive tasting. Lunch was very tasty with real table cloth and silverware. We also passed by Solvang and were able to view the building architecture of the town.

Tom is fun, professional, knowledgeable and enjoys his job, which was reflected in his attitude. We got to go to the back of Curtis Winery for an explanation of the various tanks, machines, etc. used for making wine. Their tasting room is pretty and chocolate pairing with wine was faboulous. Lafond was our last stop and we had plenty of wine by then. We tried only one and went outside to view the vineyard. This winey is very pretty. Although harvest had happened at all the wineries, Lafond still had some Syrah on the vines, so we were able to take pictures. Tom was very accommodating and took each person, or couple's pictures at various places.

We ended up being at least one hour behind schedule after lunch. Tom did not rush us at all. The whole experience was very relaxed. We were glad to have taken this tour. If you can book on the days Tom works, you'll have a great time.

Happy tasting!

1  Thank HanaleimomTx
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