The Passion of Wine: Exploring Santa Barbara’s Artisanal Wine Country
Program No. 20529RJ
5 days
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4 nights
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At a Glance

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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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  • 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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