California Wine Tours

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Have you been dreaming of a weekend (or weekday) away for some California Wine Tours? Well, if wine tasting sounds relaxing, you’ve come to the right state.

Welcome to California! Let’s Drink Wine.

Without a doubt, California is renowned for its excellent weather, beautiful countryside and most importantly, world-class wine tours.

So, now it’s your turn to savor a well-deserved tour through the vineyards of the West Coast (which, by the way, attract millions of visitors nationwide and worldwide each year). But, before you turn the key…

Who’s Driving?

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You are responsible right? You do want to keep your friends and family safe right? Of course you do! So, naturally, the first question that should come to mind is: Who is driving the car?

“Oh, right! Well, I uh… I suppose I’ll drive..” you say sheepishly, “…But, I’ll be good. Probably. I’ll stay under the limit! Besides, I don’t need to drink that much wine anyways…”

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Friends! The whole point of venturing out into wine country is to taste! Why volunteer yourself to drive? You’ve worked hard enough already! Don’t you think you’ve earned the luxury of having someone else work for you?

This is your holiday to sit back, relax, and indulge in the many delights the wine tours in California have to offer!

You’re almost there. Don’t take one for the team, don’t sacrifice your own good time, and above all, don’t risk a DUI and/or accident by driving under the influence!

Okay!” you say, “So, how are we gonna get around? What’s the best mode of transportation for wine tasting, anyway?”

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Billie and Pat, members of the Destination Drivers team from California who drive your vehicle for wine tours.

Hire a Driver!

That’s right. Not a limo, not a bus, not a town car, not a hang-glider. For your wine tasting and wine tour needs, whether it be Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma, Temecula, Lodi or Monterey Bay, all you have to do is hire a personal wine tour driver to drive you in your own car.

“A Wine Tour Driver for My Car???”

Yep! It’s a no-brainer. In addition to being the safest, most-affordable and most-comfortable way to get around, a driver from Destination Drivers combines the convenience of a chauffeur with the quality of a professional wine tour.

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“But why should I hire a driver? Is it the best way to tour wine country, after all?”

Need a reason? How bout 19? Below, we provide you with 19 reasons why hiring a professional driver is the #1 overall choice for your California wine tour:

Reason #1) Because It’s Your Day To Enjoy!

You should never feel any pressure while wine tasting! Therefore, we allow you to go at your own pace, relax and enjoy the holiday you deserve with a hired designated driver.

In essence, you’ll get the freedom to choose how to adventure without the stress of organizing everything yourself.

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Know exactly where you want to go, great! No idea? Great! You can either be the route planner, or rely on a driver’s expertise for suggestions.

Other wine tour companies (limos, vans, buses) have strict schedules and only visit a few pre-approved wineries – it almost seems like you’re on someone else’s trip instead of your own.

Don’t get boxed into an another person’s itinerary catering to only the biggest, most popular wineries! Instead, allow our professional drivers to help you decide based on your wine preferences.

Or, maybe you’d rather hit a brewery. With so many excellent craft beers available in California, why not tour the breweries?

Your wine tour can be modified to incorporate beer tastings as well. What about distilleries, you ask? Yeah! Okay! Who’s feeling spiritual?

Reason #2) Because You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Your Own Wine Holiday!

Sure, designating yourself as the driver is respectable and noble. You’ll get your cookie and your gold star and you’ll be knighted by the Holy Order of Nice Guys too. But, you won’t get your wine!

Here’s the correct formula:
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You + Wine + Hired DD = You drinking wine.

Book a driver, and when you look back on photos from the weekend, you’ll be glad you did! If you aren’t – we’ll eat a bug! Guaranteed! But we get to choose the bug.

Seriously though, just look at these people. They hired a driver:

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Super group tasting at Lincourt during a Santa Ynez wine tour

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Reason #3) Because You’ll Feel Like A Local

If your wine tour party posse is unfamiliar with Paso Robles,  you’ve never been to Temecula, or need help navigating Santa Barbara, hiring Destination Drivers gives you the great luxury of a guide who knows the regions better than you do.

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Destination Drivers guests on a private wine tasting with Ernst Storm of Storm Wines, Santa Maria
  • Find the secret spots not on Yelp/Tripadvisor
  • Avoid the crowds (if you want!)
  • Maximize your time

Furthermore, Destination Drivers connects you with delicious food in wine country, be it wineries that serve food, food trucks, or pre-ordered food stored in a cooler packs just for you.

Food and wine alike, they’ll curate unique tasting experiences using local knowledge as guide, so all you have to do is have a great time. Is that so hard?

Reason #4) Because Your Own Car Is Comfy

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Crawling in/out of limos and buses isn’t the best. It’s not even second best. In fact, it’s not actually one of the best things to do in wine country.

Besides, tinted windows of limousines hinder the beautiful views! And riding in the back of a big bus can cause motion-sickness. You paid a $1000 bucks, and all you got was this lousy motion-sickness!?

Instead, enjoy all the comforts of riding in your own car, with your own stereo, your own music, and all the vehicular amenities you love about your wheels. Drives like a dream, don’t it? Peer out the windows at the rolling countryside vineyards as your honey leans over and kisses you.

“So romantic of you to hire a driver.” – girlfriend ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

Next thing you know, you’re arriving at the first winery of the day in the hippest ride on the road, yours! Allow us to get that door for you Sir/Ma’am!

Reason #5) Because They Can Drive Your Rental Car

– Congratulations! –

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You’ve just won the 10,000th wine blog reader giveaway!!! It’s a wonderful prize package containing the fact that Destination Drivers is able to drive rental vehicles, too!

Yep! We’ll drive your Enterprise/National rental cars. Just provide your rental agreement number and the driver may be added to the policy.

Reason #6) Because It’s Affordable! The Most Affordable! Wine Tours in California Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Some people just love throwing money away! But those people are usually slouched in front of slot-machines with their ashtrays and fading dreams.

Well, this ain’t Vegas, and the dream here is you saving the dough you’d otherwise waste on expensive vans, party buses, or limousines so you can win big on the ultimate prize – wine, baby! Let me show you how this is done…

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Destination Drivers starts at $35/hour in most service areas! So, for example, a four-hour wine tour will cost the equivalent of a few local bottles of wine, with the option to extend your time for as long as you wish.

  • Large groups? Yes!
  • Book multiple drivers!
  • No time limits, no winery limits!

In contrast, just look at the costly alternative.

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Reason #7) Because They’re Vetted and Trusted

Destination Drivers partake in a thorough driving training and must meet strict requirements in order to join the roster. Importantly, they are all non-smoking, professional, and communicative.

Requirements to operate Destination Drivers Wine Tours:

  • Over 25 years old
  • Non-smokers
  • Clean/clear driving records
  • Willing to pass background checks
  • Hospitality and customer service experience
  • Knowledge of wine and brewery regions
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Hire the one company that has proven itself to over 30,000 guests to be a 5-Star Experience!

Reviews – #1 Best Wine Tours in California • Destination Drivers

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Reason #8) Because They Handle The Parking

Let’s talk about parking……… Naaah. Let’s not! Your driver handles it! They’ll keep the car cool and comfortable and have it parked right up at the entrance as soon as you’re finished with your tastings.

No long walks back to a hot car in the baking sun. Wine bottles are safely and properly stowed and your vehicle is looked after at all times.

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Reason #9) Because They Carry Your Wine

Lemme, get that bottle of pinot for you! Destination Drivers truly cares about making your wine tour experience effortless!

No more lugging bottles and cases of wine out to your car. They’ll carry your wine, your gifts, your dog. Heck, they’ll probably even carry you if you needed it. They’ll even help you keep track of whose is whose, if you need it.

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Reason #10) Because They Know Where To Go!

Even with GPS, people still get lost searching for wineries (especially on small back country roads). Ride-sharing drivers don’t always drop guests off at the right spots, in many cases dropping you off nowhere near the intended winery!

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Honey, for the last time, I am NOT asking for directions. I got this here compass and map from my scouting days.

Don’t make that mistake – Hire a driver who knows the winding backroads of Paso Robles and Santa Ynez, the secret spots in Sonoma and Napa, and the backdoors to Temecula and Lodi wineries like the back of Marco Polo’s hands.

California Wine Tours Map – Where To?

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California wine map

“Okay, do we really need any more reasons to book drivers for our wine tours? Can we book it now? I’m ready to come to California and enjoy the wine!”

Reason # 11!!! Because It’s Easy to Book Wine Tours with Destination Drivers

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Booking a designated driver for your wine tour is extremely simple, mobile-friendly, 100% secure, and only takes a few minutes. So what are you waiting for? Select a California wine tours region and enter the desired date of your trip. Let’s go!

Reason #12) They Make Your Wine Tours Memorable. Drivers Double as Photographers!

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Guests enjoying the best wine tour in Paso Robles

Work it… work it… Yes! Destination Drivers are certainly happy to take photos for you any time at no extra cost. Hand them your camera or phones, or they’ll take photos with their own devices.

Need an epic backdrop for your group photo? Ask your driver! They’ll know of the perfect hillside vineyard or lookout to capture the moment.

Look back on your day and share it with friends! And also don’t forget to tag @destinationdrivers on Instagram!

Reason #13) Because They Keep You Hydrated

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Pouring a 2018 estate-grown water

Hey, Johnny Faceplant!  Wine tasting can easily put you into a buzzed state if you move too quickly, and as a result, you could be putting yourself and others at risk. But worry not…

Destination Drivers will keep your vehicle’s drink holder stocked with a fresh cold bottle of H2O at all times, reminding you to take your time and water up during the wine tour so the day lasts as long as you want it to.

Reason #14) Because They Can Direct Your Tours to Dog-Friendly Wineries

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Want your dog along for the ride? Please, bring your beloved pup! Destination Drivers can even cater your route specifically to dog-friendly venues in wine country.

If a winery surprises us by not allowing your dog, we’d be happy to walk your hound outdoors while you enjoy your wine tasting.

Reason #15) Because You’ll Stay On Track

It’s imperative that your wine tour is stress-free. You shouldn’t be hustled off to the next winery until you’re absolutely ready.

However, if you do have reservations/appointments, Destination Drivers will help keep you on track for a well-balanced, full day of enjoyment. Drivers assist with the flow of the route and the tour as a whole. And on that note..

Reason #16) Because They’ll Set The Tour Appointments For You

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Indeed, appointment setting can take your valuable time. Please ask us to assist you! In the event that you would like to visit by-appointment wineries, drivers can contact you to discuss any potential plans, appointments, and logistics, such as your route and departure times.

As soon as you book with Destination Drivers, your trip gets easier. Relax! You’ll be drinking wine soon.

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the most interesting man in the world uses Destination Drivers

Reason #17) Because… Exclusive Wine Tastings!

Roll out the wine-stained carpet! Due to our extensive experience, Destination Drivers’ team has established relationships with wineries offering private tours, special tastings, library tastings, and access to reserve bottles.

In fact, some wineries extend automatic discounts to our clientele.

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Library wines at Law Estate

In Paso Robles, tour guests will enjoy incredible experiences irregardless of prior planning, though elevated tour options are available to those who seek them, such as the Gold Key Tour.

Moreover, Destination Drivers constantly builds and deepens its relationships with top wineries in each region to improve all of the California wine tours availed to visiting guests.

Reason #18) Because They’ll Take You to the Best Restaurants in Wine Country!

What’s all the great wine worth if it isn’t paired with great food anyway? After all, no wine adventure is truly complete without a stellar dining experience from a local restaurant.

Whether its Paso Robles restaurants, eateries in Temecula, or fine dining in Monterey Bay…

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Since 2010, Destination Drivers has you covered!

There’s nothing better than food and wine! Let’s eat! Be driven safely out to dinner after your winery tours are complete, and if you need a gap of time in between, then by all means, we’ll accommodate you.

Furthermore, let the driver know if you’d like any suggestions.

Reason #19)  Because You Can Speak With A Real Person To Decide If Hiring a Personal Driver is Right For You!

So give Destination Drivers a CALL ANY TIME for consultation about your California wine tours:

833.868.7733
833.TOURSDD

Enter the extension of the area which you are interested in and a friendly representative will answer. If the line is busy, you’ll be directed to a voice mailbox and they will return your call as soon as possible.

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Clos Solene Winery – One of the best tasting rooms in Paso Robles
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So there you have it! 19 reasons why you NEED to hire a designated driver for your California wine tours. Cheers, and see you in the country!

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