4 TOP LOCAL WINERY DAY TREKS
Escape for a day to wine country where some some truly delicious sips can be found just an hour or two away. This fall is the perfect time to change that. Whether you're looking for a chance to get away with your S.O. or you're in charge of planning an epic day-trip with friends, we've found seven nearby wineries that will check off all of your gushing-for-grapes needs. Cheers!some truly delicious sips can be found just an hour or two away. This fall is the perfect time to change that. Whether you're looking for a chance to get away with your S.O. or you're in charge of planning an epic day-trip with friends, we've found seven nearby wineries that will check off all of your gushing-for-grapes needs. Cheer
truly delicious sips can be found just an hour or two away.
Whether you're looking for a chance to get away with your S.O. or you're in charge of planning an epic day-trip with friends, we've found nearby wineries that will check off all of your gushing-for-grapes needs.
Los Angeles has a multitude of wonderful and relatively inexpensive wine tastings that should satisfy your palate, whether you're a wine aficionado or novice. Spend an afternoon exploring these local area wineries and you’ll see why! Cheers!
Traditional wine country might be several hundred miles away from Southern California, but you wouldn’t know that from the amount of visitors flocking to wineries in Malibu. Malibu’s wineries offer a relaxed yet sophisticated wine tasting experience in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.
For a Glass of Wine with an Ocean View: Rosenthal Estate Winery
Rosenthal has an intimate tasting room along the Pacific Coast Highway, the only winery in Malibu with views of the beach and ocean. The location plays up the SoCal stereotype with the name of one of its wines, the Surfrider Chardonnay, and the taste is just as light as the offshore breeze.
The vines at Rosenthal – The Malibu Estate were first planted in 1987, making it the first vineyard in Malibu. This 28 acre vineyard is located four miles from the ocean at 1450 feet above sea level, within a perfect microclimate for growing high-quality grapes.
Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate 18741 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-1392 (Link to http://www.rosenthalestatewines.com (http://www.rosenthalestatewines.com/) )
Best Ambience: Malibu Wines
Malibu Wines has the best outdoor tasting room and there is live music every weekend. The ambience here feels more like a big family gathering, with dozens of tables, chairs and umbrellas decorating the lawn.
Along Mulholland Highway, Malibu Family Wines ranch estate boasts 60,000 vines planted on approximately 65 acres, and a tasting room nestled into picturesque landscaped scenery—rose gardens and rolling hills of vineyards as the backdrop with incredible views to boot.
This is the perfect spot for a picnic, and provides an unexpected chance to see a collection of exotic animals like zebras, camels, buffalo and peacocks.
Make sure to taste their Semler Cabernet Sauvignon blends, as these are the grapes that are grown in the hills right below the winery.
Malibu Wines 31740 Mulholland Hwy Malibu, California 90265 818.865.0605
Gateway to Napa is Agua Dulce
2. Agua Dulce
You don’t have to go all the way to Napa to experience great wine tastings. Just head up to Agua Dulce, northeast of Santa Clarita off of Highway 14, and only 45 minutes North of Downtown Los Angeles.
Agua Dulce takes the winery tour and experience to a new level with many different events to choose from with daily tastings and barrel tours.
Agua Dulce Winery
Agua Dulce Vineyards rests on a rolling hillside with beautiful vistas where the climate and elevation of this boutique vineyard are optimal for producing world-class grapes. Honored with over 57 national awards, they are the largest winery in Los Angeles County with 90 acres of vines and produce six different varieties of wine.
Daily Wine Tasting Daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Gourmet Barrel Tasting, Tour and Picnic Lunch: This is a personally guided tour of their facility, which is conducted on Saturdays and Sundays, and includes an up close view of their working Vineyard and Winery. Add to that a gourmet picnic lunch and a complimentary Winemaker signed wine glass as well!
9640 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, California 91390 (661) 268-7402
More Information HERE (Link to www.aguadulcewinery.com (http://www.aguadulcewinery.com/) )
Reyes Winery has already won over 60 medals and awards on its wines during the last three years since the wines have been available commercially.
They are open for tastings Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-5pm. The 4th Annual Sierra Pelona Valley
Wine Festival is April 23, 2016, 12pm – 4pm
10262 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA.
More Information HERE
Best Tuscany-Like Experience: Trabuco Canyon
3. Trabuco Canyon – Our FAVORITE
Trabuco Canyon is THE hidden gem of the Orange County Wine Loop. Yes, you can walk beautiful vineyards and go wine tasting in Orange County and in about an hour, you could be sipping on award-winning wines in Trabuco Canyon. The rustic and warm environment is ideal for growing hardy red grapes.
A perfect setting for a perfect day. Hamilton Oaks Vineyard is a small family run winery, a very charming place, secluded, and you would never know it was there and you will be very impressed with their wine!
Hamilton Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon wine has won many medals and awards and is recognized at several local and countrywide competitions.
Wine Tasting Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday through Thursday 11AM–5PM Friday 11AM–7PM Saturday & Sunday 11AM–7PM
3111 Hamilton Trail Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679 (949) 459-6913
More Information HERE
Giracci Winery in Silverado Canyon is so close, yet a feeling so far you feel like you are in the Vineyards of Tuscany. Giracci Vineyards and Farms boasts ten acres of beautiful vineyards, riding areas, vintage historic buildings, trails, streams, and magnificent old mature oak trees.
Wine Tasting (Walk-ins Welcome): Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM Wine tasting every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Giracci Vineyards & Farms 16162 Jackson Ranch Rd Silverado, CA 92676 (714) 602-1109
More Information HERE
There is a winery next door, Cowboy Canyon Winery, located on Giracci’s 10-acre farm. You can roll out of one tasting room and into another. Although Giracci and Cowboy Canyon are affiliated, they each provide an entirely different wine tasting experience.
Cowboy Canyon Winery
6162 Jackson Ranch Rd., Silverado Canyon
Walk-ins: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday
More information here (Link to http://cowboycanyonwinery.com (http://cowboycanyonwinery.com/) )
Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse: Steak & Wine
Before heading home, dinner at Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse is a must. It’s a favorite steakhouse and short ride from Gracci Winery and Hamilton Oaks.
Try the 2-Pound Cowboy Steak, the food and ambiance are rustic and an oak tree growing through the center of the dining room complete the experience.
20782 Trabuco Oaks Dr, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
More information HERE
Best Full Day Experience: Temecula for Wine, Music and Hot Air Ballooning
Known for its Italian and Rhone varietals – and its annual Balloon and Wine Festival, enjoy dinner or stay overnight in charming and historic downtown Temecula.
Just 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles you can explore Temecula Valley Wine Country.
Nestled in the heart of the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Thornton Winery opened in 1988. The winery creates award-winning and premium varietal wines and proven to be the best for producing fine quality Sparkling Wine/Champagne.
32575 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591 (951) 699-0099
Plan a summer weekend getaway as Summers Jazz at the Thornton Winery is a beautiful place to see a jazz concert. They have brought in some of the world’s biggest names in contemporary jazz for its annual concert series such as Dave Koz and Chris Botti.
More Information HERE Callaway Vineyard and Winery
Callaway Vineyard and Winery is home to an extensive line of premium wines and currently grows seven different varietals. The winery property now has 20 acres of Estate vineyards planted with Viognier, Syrah, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Grenache, Roussanne, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Beginning March 1st Winery Hours will be: 10:30am-6pm Live Music Saturdays 1-4
32720 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
More Information HERE