Duration: 4 hours
Location: Our wine tour meets on the corner of De La Guerra Plaza, behind City Hall, 1/2 block off State St.
Once purchased directly from our website, tickets can be refunded or rescheduled as long as it is done and confirmed BEFORE the start of your tour. No one under the age of 21 is permitted on this tour. See our Return Policy below for full details.
Suitable for ages 21 and older
All tours start at 12pm
Great for private parties and small groups
Smartphone photography highly encouraged
Restrooms available at every stop
Tours operate rain or shine. (Please wear comfy clothes and shoes for walking.)
This downtown Santa Barbara urban wine & photo tour starts in De La Guerra Plaza, just off State Street, where your local guide will walk you through the historic Presidio neighborhood to taste top-shelf wines sourced from the Santa Ynez Valley and a couple small bites from nearby restaurants (enough to cleanse your palate and keep the good wines flowing!).
Let your tour guide act as your personal wine concierge as you explore the world of wine and learn how to wine taste like a pro. During the tour you will taste your way through all of Santa Barbara’s French-style wines -Burgundian, Rhone, and Bordeaux- while your local guide/wine expert helps you find the type of wines that suit your palate best!
As you stroll along the cobblestone pathways, you’ll learn a few travel photo tips from your pro tour guide and take your story telling photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. You’ll also hear about the city’s early history and interesting stories about the winemakers and local wine industry. By the end of your half-day tour, you’ll be dubbed a true “cork dork” and know how to shoot like a pro!
Taste small batch, Burgundian-style wines hand crafted on a local 100-acre farm located in the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County.
Enjoy a stop at a French-style cheese shop & cafe for a sampling of local and imported cheeses straight from the farms to your table.
Grassini Family Vineyards
Sip and savor from this family-owned winery featuring Bordeaux-style wines sourced from their estate property in Happy Canyon.
Happy Canyon Vineyards
Toast to the good life with award-winning Bordeaux-style wines sourced from this family owned winery in Happy Canyon.
Hoffmann Brat Haus
Get a sampling of unique German-style brats and a peek at a list of tasty Bavarian and Belgium style beers.
Jamie Slone Wines
Sip limited production, handcrafted Bordeaux, Burgundian, Italian and Rhône varietals from the best vineyards of Santa Barbara County.
Margerum Wine Co.
Taste from a winery dedicated and focused on working with the top Santa Barbara County vineyards.
The tour meeting location is in De La Guerra Plaza on the corner of the plaza street and De La Guerra Street; located in downtown State Street near El Paseo Mall. Meet the tour guide behind City Hall and look for their green Eat This, Shoot That shirt. The tour will end at Happy Canyon Vineyards located inside El Paseo courtyard 1 block from the starting location.Get Directions
There are multiple tastings of a variety of different wines, which adds up to approximately 10 wine tastings served during the El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can usually accommodate most needs.
There are city parking lots within one block of the meeting locations and street parking is available but limited in both space and time. Space, because we’re a busy city. Time, because most spots are only 75 minutes.
Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed. (We don’t want you crying at the end of the tour.) Specific parking details are listed on our tour pages.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not stop tours to re-park/move cars.
They absolutely are! However, some of our food and wine venues are a bit on the small side. So, we recommend taking a weekday tour when our groups are smaller and the venues are less crowded to allow for a more comfortable tour experience.
All are welcome on the food tour, but the wine tour requires all guests be at least 21 years of age. The establishments that we visit will only allow those 21 and above because of the law.
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Laurel, Trip Advisor
You could book the same old Hummer wine tour and spend most of your day being driven around with a bunch of strange people, or you can book this half day wine & nibbles walking tour - get an insider's perspective of not only local history and architecture, but the ins and outs of the wine industry!