FAQ Category: Wine Tours

I’m riding the train into Santa Barbara. Is it usually on schedule?

The train to Santa Barbara is famously late. Therefore we encourage guests who are traveling to Santa Barbara via train to arrive the day prior or to allow plenty of time the day of for a delayed train arrival. Generally, a train arrival of 9:30am or earlier is recommended in order to make your pick-up…

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Why is gratuity included on your private wine tours?

Our guides work hard to ensure you have a great time. Therefore 15% gratuity for your tour guide is included in the price of all private wine tours. If you’d like to leave an additional gratuity for your guide, you can tip them directly on the day of your tour.  We are also happy to apply additional…

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Where do we meet for wine tours?

We will pick you up in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley (Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos), and that is included in the cost of the tour. We can pick you up at other locations for an additional cost. You can review pick-up information here.

What’s the maximum group size Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours can accommodate?

We can provide just about any activity for any size group. If you have a group larger than 14 guests, please fill out the request form on our Private Group Tours page and we’ll get back to you shortly with options.

What is the typical wine tour itinerary?

Our exact itinerary varies trip-to-trip based on winery availability. This is what our typical itineraries look like for our Santa Ynez Tour, Cupcake & Wine Tour and Wine Country Shuttle: ~9:30-10:30am – Pick-up at hotel~11:15am – Winery Tasting~12:15pm – Winery Tasting~1:15-2:15 pm – Lunch at winery~2:30pm – Winery Tasting~4:00pm-4:30pm – Drop off at hotel

What is for lunch on your wine tours?

Lunch is included with our weekday wine tours (not included with Wine Country Shuttle). Our guides will serve chips, cookies, drinks, and your choice of item from the lunch menu, which is sent to you in your booking confirmation – it’s a gourmet, deli-style menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. We try to find a scenic and…

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How many wineries will we visit on our tour?

Santa Ynez Tour – 3 wineriesCupcake & Wine Tours – 3 wineriesWine Country Shuttle – 3 wineries

Can we select the wineries we will visit?

Our staff will handle all of the details for the day, including winery selection and reservations. We partner with over a dozen premier wineries and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara Wine Country, and schedule tastings depending on availability, time of year, and size of the group. We typically receive excellent feedback from our guests on…

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Do you accept bachelorette parties?

We do! We encourage all bachelorette groups to book privately out of respect to other guests in a public van and also to guarantee a truly special experience. Any decorations used on/in the vans need to be cleaned and removed prior to drop-off at your final destination. 

How many people are on the wine tour?

Our vans have either 7, 11, or 14 seat capacity for public tours and we often operate at full capacity, especially on the weekends.