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The Passion of Wine: Exploring Santa Barbara’s Artisanal Wine Country

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5 Days | 4 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Although it inspired the hit movie “Sideways,” Santa Barbara is a relatively young and unknown wine region. Out of this youthfulness springs a passion. Experience this exuberance and artisanal pride as owners and managers convey their vineyards’ “terroir” — the character of the land. Learn about the wine-making process, from grape to barrel to bottle. Get hands-on experience blending the perfect wine yourself, learn what to look for in a wine, and hear from chefs how to pair wines with foods. Join us as we taste our way through the secrets and stories of beautiful Santa Barbara wine country.


• In visits to vineyards, learn about varietals, trellising, harvest and different growing philosophies: traditional, organic and biodynamic.
• Enjoy lunches in the vineyards, under the oaks accompanied by wine from the vineyards.
• Learn how the “terroir” — or characteristics of the land — influences the wine by tasting wine from different vineyards.

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Walking up to one mile each day, some uneven terrain.

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4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips


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