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Santa Barbara Wine Tours During Harvest

Santa Barbara Wine Tours During Harvest

Harvest 2019 is well under way here in Santa Barbara County. Let us pick you up in Santa Barbara or the Santa Ynez Valley and give you a unique authentic wine country experience. Join us for an unforgettable day of tasting amazing wines in  unique beautiful intimate settings.

This is our busy season for wine tours as people from all around the World visit to see wines being made. Most of the year the wineries are quiet as wine is aging in barrel, not right now. All the action in wine making happens as the fruit matures and is brought into the winery for processing. In just a few short weeks grapes are crushed, fermented, and are put to rest in oak, cement, or stainless steel to be readied for aging and eventually bottling. Many wineries bottle last year’s vintage at this time to make room in the cellar for the new vintage. Many of our guests are getting to see the fruit as it is destemmed, crushed and fermented.

2019 Crop Report: We had good rainfall in the Winter which led to great bud break and foliage, a cool Spring and Summer have lent to a long growing season called a “winemaker’s vintage” meaning the winemakers can make stylistic decisions rather than being dictated by weather and timing. Mid to late August saw the first white grapes and pinot noir being harvested. Then slowly and surely all the other varietals are rippening in good fashion. Many varietals have 4 weeks or more before they can be harvested. We could see harvest continuing all the way through mid-November like last year. This is good because all the fruit isn’t being rushed in for processing. Slow and steady wins the race for high quality wines.

All of this makes it a great time of year to visit Santa Barbara Wine Country, so, join us for a wine tour! Our professional tour hosts can pick you up from Santa Barbara, relax for a drive up the beautiful Gaviota Coast. Alternatively, we might take you up over the Santa Ynez Mountains with breath taking views of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. Check out Visit Santa Barbara for other things to see and do while in SB. Or, if you prefer to stay in the Santa Ynez Valley we can pick you up from the many hotels in the area. Check out Visit SYV for more info on places to say and things to do. Reserve your wine tasting tour with us today!

 

 

Santa Barbara Wine Tours, Springtime Wine Tasting

Santa Barbara Wine Tours, Springtime Wine Tasting

A perfect time for a Santa Barbara wine tour, Springtime is a time of renewal and growth, and it is beautiful to behold. Here in Santa Barbara Wine Country, Spring brings about the cyclical emergence of growth and vitality. Firstly, planted cover crops flourish between the rows of vines. Later, they are mowed and tilled under the soil to fix nitrogen to be used by the vines as fertilizer. Then, about mid-March, we witnessed the first signs of growth on the vines, know as “bud break”. This signifies the beginning of the new vintage and it is an exciting time to see the vigor of the new growth. The hills and valleys are a stunning green, as green as I have ever seen them. The sheer amount of rain this Winter has set us up with spectacular flower blooms and vibrant greens on all living things. Soon, the green will give way to golden brown and the wildflowers will subside. The vineyards will grow to be a vibrant green in stark contrast to the golden hues of the hillsides.

At about this time tourism picks up and wine tours start filling up. Wineries start hosting pick up parties and other events. Many new releases of past vintages are added to the line up for tasting. As wineries sell out of their current offerings, many aging past vintage reds are bottled and released.  Whites and rosés that were picked in the fall are also bottled and released.

All of this makes it a great time of year to visit Santa Barbara Wine Country, and join us for a wine tour! Our professional tour hosts can pick you up from Santa Barbara, relax for a drive up the beautiful Gaviota Coast. Alternatively, we might take you up over the Santa Ynez Mountains with breath taking views of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. Check out Visit Santa Barbara for other things to see and do while in SB. Or, if you prefer to stay in the Santa Ynez Valley we can pick you up from the many hotels in the area. Check out Visit SYV for more info on places to say and things to do. Reserve your wine tasting tour with us today!

 

 

Wine Tour verses Hiring a Driver – The Beauty of a Wine Tour

Wine Tour verses Hiring a Driver – The Beauty of a Wine Tour

Thinking about visiting a few wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara Wine Country?  Before you call Uber, Lyft or one of the literally dozens of taxi services, there are a few things you should know…

Taxis and driving services can be logical option – if you’re up for doing all the planning yourself, or flying by the seat of your pants.  Perhaps you know exactly which wineries you want to visit? You have a clear understanding of the geography/distances of wineries in Santa Barbara County Wine Country? You’re happy to make your winery reservations, pay additional tasting fees, and coordinate your own lunch? Then, simply hiring a driver is definitely adequate. They will get you from Point A to Point B – you just have to take care of everything else in between. This is definitely not as easy as it seems in most cases!

But, what if you want an entire day curated for you, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy?  This is where professional Wine Tour companies come in – like us, Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours.  We specialize in taking care of every detail for you.  We have relationships with dozens of super-local premium wineries, and organize an amazing tour based on our expertise. Our Tour Hosts are passionate about wine, and offer extensive knowledge of the geography, history and wines of our region. We have access to vineyards and wineries that are off-the-beaten-path – some of which, most taxi drivers would never know exist.

What’s more, there are no hidden costs or additional fees with our Wine Tours. Each one includes transportation in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter; all tasting fees at each winery; a delicious picnic lunch provided by our local organic Marketplace; plenty of bottled water, and even a basic gratuity for our expert Tour Hosts. Many of our guests find that it is actually more economical to join us for a Wine Tour instead of hiring just a driver, because we build everything into the cost – so that you don’t have to worry about anything!

 

Book a tour with us and let us guide you through an amazing and educational Santa Barbara County Wine Country experience!   “We are much more than just Drivers!”