Plan your perfect wine tasting getaway with these four tips Summer is nearly here and it’s time to sip! It’s a great time of year to take a weekend wine tasting getaway. Grab your family, pals or significant other and make a break for the Central Coast for a weekend of full glasses and fun times. Read on for tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect wine tasting tour. 1. Pick your locale The first – and arguably the most important – decision you have to make while you plan your next wine tasting tour is your destination! When picking a wine tasting locale, be sure to consider the preferences of everyone in your tasting party. Keep in mind that different wine regions tend to produce different types of wine, and your party’s favorite varietals should be a deciding factor in your destination. Also, be mindful of your budget. Wine tasting can get pricey, so be sure to budget accordingly. Santa Maria Valley is a great place to taste if you like cool-climate wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As a bonus, Santa Maria Valley is much more affordable than similar California tasting destinations. Learn more about Santa Maria Valley’s varietals and what makes our wine region special. 2. Plan your wine tasting stops Once you know where you’re heading, you can plan out the specific winery tasting rooms you’d like to visit. On a weekend, you should have plenty of time to visit a winery that will fit the taste and preferences of everyone in your party. Be sure to research ahead for any special deals that your selected tasting rooms may offer. It’s also a good idea to call ahead and book a tasting in advance. 3. Explore local dining, attractions and events Just because you’re taking a wine tasting tour doesn’t mean the entire trip needs to be about wine! Most wine regions offer world-class dining experiences, fun events and other great attractions for you and your group to explore. In Santa Maria Valley, we have traditional Santa Maria Style barbecue, which pairs wonderfully with regional Pinot Noirs, as well as other delicious dining options and breweries. Outdoor lovers will also feel at home here. The Santa Maria Valley is home to 24 hiking trails, 15 beaches and nearly endless cycling trails within a half-hour drive. You can also browse local events and fun happenings. 4. Browse lodging and book your stay Once you know where you’re headed and what you’d like to do, it’s time to book your wine tasting trip! See if your selected destination offers specialized itineraries or other information about booking a trip to the region. Browse lodging at your destination, book your trip, and have a fun and safe time with loved ones. Cheers! *** In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, seven unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.