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Hidden Malibu Wine Country Tours
just a few minutes away from Los Angeles to experience one of the best kept secrets in Southern California...the unique back country wine culture of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The spectacular landscape of rural Malibu is a treasure which few visitors ever get to see and many residents have never fully explored. Our local guide will show you the real Malibu mountains, a world away from crowds & tourist attractions... high up winding coastal byways and backroads. These hidden hills & valleys are full of natural beauty, rich California history and are the home of one of the finest up coming wine regions in the world.
There are more than 50 independent vineyards in the Santa Monica mountains, and if you take a leisurely cruise, you may not see a one! Most are secreted away in remote canyons, foggy in the mornings, sunny in the afternoons and nearly invisible to the casual traveler. Some are ½ acre back yards, and some are 1,000 acre estates, but all of the growers are uniquely individual and passionate about their wines. Some of these local wineries are producing nationally acclaimed boutique wines in limited quantities, available only here in Malibu.
Take a drive with us through these rugged canyons to view vineyards perched on steep hillsides. Enjoy a walk through one of the many previously unvisited private vineyards, hosted by the winemaker or grower...sample the vintages of Rosenthal, Semler, Cielo and many more at the local tasting rooms & enjoy a gourmet lunch at a beautiful mountain retreat.
The Rosenthal Estate
We usually visit 3 unique local tasting rooms to sample some of Malibu's finest wines, paired with snacks & sweets.
If you’re feeling more energetic, we can add a Ventura County stop, visiting the Camarillo Crush where most of the local wines and many Northern California wines are produced, and Cantara Cellars, one of the very few local family winemaking operations. Spend some time learning how it’s done & taste the winemakers own stock.
The personalities and the energy here are reminiscent of the first days of Napa...individualists who love their craft and their land. Meeting and talking with them is a fleeting opportunity This area is in a delicate balance between old & new. And this may be the last chance to see it before it changes forever.
The Cornell Winery
7 Days a week
Day Trips 11 AM to 5 PM includes a scenic historic tour of the mountains & Malibou Lake, with plenty of photo opportunities, lunch at either a beautiful picnic spot in the mountains or a fine local restaurant, tastings at 3 wineries with snacks and home made desserts. All of our tours are custom for your party. 2-4 $180per person - parties of 10+ all custom including door to door transportation.
Monday & Tuesday we subsitute private tastings at a beautiful park for the third winery.
Vineyard Tours (by reservation for 20+ ) Private vineyard tour at one of our premier wine estates. Subject to availability and parties of 20 or more
Winemaker Tours in Ventura County Mon - Sun By appointment. Visit Camarillo Crush and Cantara Cellars, where you can talk with the winemakers, barrel taste and see how it's done.
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Custom Tours Tell us what you like! We will customize your tour to include your favorite activities...in settings most folks never get to see. Hike the back trails & most romantic and historical spots in our mountains, like Charmlee Park or the old Reagan ranch. Have a private dinner at a local home, bike the local mountain trails (byobike)
Historical ToursExperience the real history of "El Malibu" as it was named until 1900. A Spanish land grant dating from the 1700's, the Malibu Topanga Sequit comprised 13,000 acres between Topanga Canyon and the Ventura County Line. Visit Serra Retreat, The Adamson House, historic Cornell, the MASH site, Gillette Ranch and more...in addition to enjoying the local wines.
Customize any tour
You pick your favorite activities We make it happen!
Whether your group prefers luxurious wining and dining, shopping, exploring the mountains and the remote beaches or 4 wheeling around in a jeep on the Malibu backroads, we do it all! Just call us and we will customize a full day just for you.
All personal, all day for your group only with a local wine expert and your personal all-day guide. Side trips to cool locations, wine education, private tastings and romantic trips for any size party.