PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Depending on your arrival time at the hotel, we recommend that you go first to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during the orientation session. After you register with the Road Scholar staff, you may register at the hotel front desk to get your room assignment.
ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
The vineyards and wineries listed in the tentative itinerary below are examples of venues we will visit during the program. Final destinations will depend upon availability of vineyard owners and winemakers.
CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
CLASS: Tasting and Typicity--What to Expect and Recognize When Tasting WineDinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hadsten House Inn & SpaMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Larner Vineyard
The Larner Vineyard is a small, family-owned vineyard located at Ballard Canyon and managed by the second generation, Michael and Christina Larner.
Michael, who has an MS degree from the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis, will meet us and walk us through part of the vineyard, explaining terroir, trellising, and different philosophies like organic, sustainable and biodynamic. After the tour, we’ll sit at tables at the edge of the vineyard to taste wine from his vineyard.Lunch: Lunch at Larner with wines from Larner Vineyards
Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Melville Vineyards & Winery.
The Melvilles believe that a fine wine begins in the terroir (the-RWAHR) or microclimate of a vineyard. Terroir is the French term for soil. In the vineyard, it encompasses soil type and geographic factors which may influence the quality of wine.
Ron Melville and his sons, Brent and Chad, decided to develop their estate vineyards and winery—which means that the grapes are farmed by, and sourced from, Melville Vineyards—in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Since then, they have also developed an interest in Rhone varietals, particularly Northern Rhone Syrah and Viognier. The Melville estate achieves quality through the integrity of its farming practice and its respect for the microclimate. After a tour of the vineyard, we will enjoy tasting wines from their estate.Dinner: Dinner with a glass of wine at Cecco Ristorante; serving daily specials using fresh ingredients in a local setting.Lodging: Hadsten House Inn & SpaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard
In 1987, actor Fess Parker known for his portrayals of frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, purchased a 714 acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he established Fess Parker's Winery & Vineyard.
At Fess Parker's Winery and Vineyard, meet the winemaker who will take us to the edge of the vineyard and describe the varietals they grow, the trellising, the terroir.
The winery tour will include a thorough, back of the house look at their winemaking practices from 'bin to bottle' highlighting practices such as hand-sorting, small lot fermentations, basket press, etc. The tour will be followed by an intimate, detailed sit-down tasting of small-lot wines in the Estate Room.Lunch: Lunch at Fess Parker Winery with a glass of wine
Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard.
We’ll visit a family owned farm that produces a wide range of products including award winning wine. We’ll take a tour through the winery with the winemaker to see winemaking up close, including tasting a couple samples of developing wine. We’ll then sit in their garden while the winemaker, Karen Steinwachs, pours and describes the wines and the family’s philosophy of wine and food.Dinner: Dinner on your own. This gives you an opportunity to sample one of Solvang's diverse restaurants.Lodging: Hadsten House Inn & SpaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FIELD TRIP: The Brander Vineyard
We’ll begin at The Brander Vineyard - one of the original vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley and the producer of world-class Sauvignon Blanc wines in a variety of styles, as well as small quantities of hand-crafted Bordeaux-style red wines.
Winemaker, Fabian Bravo, will first explain what characteristics he gets from each of the wine components we’ll use and what he attempts to accomplish by blending. In teams, we will then blend what each team feels is the best combination of the varietals.Lunch: At Brander Vineyard, in a very French-like courtyard, we’ll have lunch with a glass of Brander wine—including the wine you just blended!Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll stop briefly in Los Olivos (pop. 1000), where stagecoaches embarked for the (eight hour) trip over the Santa Ynez Mountains to Santa Barbara. We’ll then return to our hotel in Solvang where you’ll have time to walk through the Danish inspired community on your own. A map of the town's winery tasting rooms will be handed out, along with a description of which wines each winery is famous for, so you can taste on your own, if you’d like.Dinner: Food and Wine Pairing Dinner
During dinner, a local winemaker will join us, giving descriptions of his wine when they’re served and why the food and wine pairings were chosen for our final dinner.Lodging: Hadsten House Inn & SpaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Santa Barbara Artisanal Wine Country program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys.Meals Included: Breakfast
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(800) 742-2843For additional information, visit: www.syvva.com
Solvang, CA 93464
(805) 688-6144 or (800) 468-6765For additional information, visit: www.solvangusa.com