Wine Tasting in California

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If you love wine and everything that goes with it, a great adventure for you would be wine tasting in California. Because California is such a large producer of the world’s wines, there are plenty of wine tasting activities and wine events all year long.

In fact, not only are there regular tours and tastings at the hundreds of wineries and vineyards in the state, there are also plenty of wine festivals throughout the year.

Woman wine tasting outdoors

Woman tasting wine outdoors

Wine Tasting Tours

If you want to do a little wine tasting in California there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Of course there are wine tasting tours in all of the different wine countries in California.

In fact, you could do an entire tour of some of the state’s largest and most famous wineries and vineyards. (Remember, if California were its own country, it would be the 4th largest wine producing nation in the world.) Wine tasting tours in California often include events at local restaurants and hotels as well, so keep your eyes open.

Mapping out the Wine Tour

So, how do you map out and plan your California wine tour? You will be relieved to know that there are actually plenty of websites on the Internet that outline the different California wine countries available for touring and tastings.

Additionally, almost all wineries are paired up with travel agents or travel sites to help you plan an itinerary that works for you. A travel agent can help you plan a wine tasting tour of the Golden State that meets your needs as far as wineries, accommodations, transportation, and time of year.

The Internet, as mentioned, is a powerful tool to help you find wine tasting tours and events as well. Though a simple search on your favorite search engine is a great way to get started, if you are serious about attending spectacular wine tasting events in California, you may want to think about joining wine forums and wine tasting clubs to get the inside scoop.

Before you Go

Now, before you get up and go to California for a wine tour or tasting event, it would do you some good to do a little reading up on the state. Knowing the different wine regions of California will only help make your wine tasting tour more pleasant and organized.

There is nothing worse then arriving in a new place without any previous knowledge. It does not make for a fabulous vacation. Travel magazines publish articles on wine tasting in California frequently and are an excellent source of information. Not only are these articles informative, but they offer up great ideas on how to get the most out of your wine tour trip.


Because wine tasting will involve the consumption of wine, which is an alcoholic beverage, you must concern yourself with transportation. If you are driving a car, you must have a designated driver for the safety of your group and everyone else out on the road.

If you are so inclined, and doing your wine tour on your own, your group may want to rent a limo or have a personal guide. Obviously, the designated driver is taken care of in this situation, and you all can enjoy the tastings.

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