What to do and see in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Ynez Valley: The Best Food Tours

January 23, 2022 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best top things to do in Santa Ynez Valley, United States including Solvang Food and Photo Tour, Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour, Private All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Barbara, Private Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Tour, Santa Ynez Valley Wine by Bike Tour, Private All-Inclusive Wine Country Tour for Couples from Santa Barbara.

1. Solvang Food and Photo Tour

1661 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, USA Eat This, Shoot That!
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Skip the tourist traps and head out with a local foodie for a fun-filled, behind-the-scenes cultural food tour in the unique Danish village nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley (30 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara). Our Solvang food tour starts along Mission Drive and will walk you through the the downtown neighborhood streets where you will taste traditional Danish and local artisan food and drink unique to Solvang and the Central Coast. Indulge in bites of traditional Danish comfort fare and freshly baked goods as well as craft beer, local wine, & artisan eats. Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the local culture and hear interesting stories about each place you’ll visit. You’ll also learn easy-to-shoot food photo tips from your pro tour guide on this foodie photography tour and take your photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your 3-4 hour tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro!

Inclusions: Food tasting, Beverages, Wine tasting, Beer tasting, Local guide, Snacks, Alcoholic Beverages

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transportation to/from attractions

Reviewed By kdbarton10

This was the 2nd time I had done the Funk Zone tour, last time was 2018. Some of the restaurants have changed but the food & tour are still great. We were fortunate enough to do the tour w/ Tara, the founder of ETST. She was a blast! The food was amazing, I'm still dreaming about the Schnitzel Poutine & Octopus Ceviche. The walking part was not hard or extensive. There were plenty of stops to sit, eat, drink & socialize. Plus, you get discounts on wine & spirits if you are on the tour. We're already planning another trip to SB to take our spouses on the tour.

2. Santa Ynez Valley Cupcake and Wine Tour

1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours
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If you like tasty treats and wine, then you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Some of our favorite cupcakes include Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah. Your group will be picked up by air-conditioned shuttle in the morning. We will preview the day and head up to Santa Ynez Valley. Once there, you will enjoy wine tasting at three of the areas best wineries. Wineries visited vary based on availability. Your group will visit beautiful Los Olivos and enjoy an incredible cupcake and wine tasting. Your guides will cover local human history and insight into wine region along the way. Your day of Cupcakes and Wine includes: - Shuttle Pick Up from Your Hotel - Cupcake tasting - All wine tasting fees - you will visit 3 wineries of those listed - Deli style lunch - Discussion of wine making as well as natural and human history

Inclusions: *Please Note: Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries., All Fees and Taxes, Wine Tasting Fees at 3 wineries., Re-usable water bottles that can be re-filled at stops throughout the tour, Snacks on the tour and cupcake flight fees

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Reviewed By Noangelev24

We had the best time! And our tour guide was amazing, giving us history of the area, very knowledgeable, and he made sure to make everyone comfortable! I cannot remember your name sir but we were the couple visiting from Telluride! Lunch was included, as well as the shuttle pick-up/drop-off. We went to 3 different wineries and all of their selections were so yummy! I highly recommend this when you’re in the area!

3. Private All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour from Santa Barbara

SB Limo Wine Tours
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Join us on this cultivated excursion and take home your own authentic Santa Barbara Wine Tour experience. This tour includes 3 private tastings and a picnic lunch. Choose your own gourmet lunch option and let us show you what our local wine is all about! We will take you to 3 wineries by appointment only and enjoy a private tasting. Arrive in style in one of our luxurious vehicles, vans or buses; depending upon the size of your group. We can pick you up at any location in the greater Santa barbara area. You'll be able to picnic at one of the wineries with a gourmet picnic lunch that is included in your tour.

Inclusions: Lunch, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes, Alcoholic Beverages

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Reviewed By Stephaniehubis

SB Limos went above and beyond! We just did a wine tour with them last weekend and it was so much fun. From the moment i called and booked they took care of everything. They called the wineries, set up our reservations, made sure we had plans for lunch, arranged for the driver to pick it up for us, and the driver made sure we had everything we needed throughout the day. He even offered to take pics of us at one of the wineries which was so awesome! This pandemic has changed everything, but this day was such a fresh breath of air, and i thank SB Limos for everything they did. Highly recommend. Ask for Stephanie when booking, she will help you with everything.

4. Private Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Tour

1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours
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This is a beautiful, scenic tour of the California’s Central Coast Wine Region perfect for any wine lover! This tour features tastings are three of the local wineries listed below, lunch sourced from local, fresh ingredients in the shade at a favorite winery or park*, door to door shuttle service and a knowledgeable guide for the day. Your guide will discuss local history and insights into Santa Ynez wine region along the way. Need a custom wine tour for your group? Our office is happy to help! If you want something special, let us know and we can build a custom profile for your wine tour. *Please Note: Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries.

Inclusions: *Please Note: Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries., Snacks, Re-usable water bottles that can be re-filled at stops throughout the tour, Includes tasting fees at 3 wineries, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Guide gratuity: It is customary, but optional, to tip your guide if you had a positive experience.

Reviewed By Noangelev24

We had the best time! And our tour guide was amazing, giving us history of the area, very knowledgeable, and he made sure to make everyone comfortable! I cannot remember your name sir but we were the couple visiting from Telluride! Lunch was included, as well as the shuttle pick-up/drop-off. We went to 3 different wineries and all of their selections were so yummy! I highly recommend this when you’re in the area!

5. Santa Ynez Valley Wine by Bike Tour

1 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours
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After pickup from your hotel, set out in the morning by luxury van to the Santa Ynez Valley. On arrival, the winery staff will offer a selection of wines by the glass or bottle while your guide prepares your cycling equipment. Once you're fitted with a comfortable bicycle, you'll pedal on to the second winery & enjoy a delicious lunch. You'll pass by beautiful ranches & other points of interest, such as Summerset Farm & Dale's Nursery & the quaint town of Ballard. Cold beverages & water are provided throughout the day. Our two most frequented favorites on this bike tour are The Brander Vineyard & Rideau Vineyard. Each establishment offers vintages & award-winning selections. You'll gain insight into specific blends & selections from the winery staff, including managers & winemakers who may appear at private tours. *Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries.

Inclusions: *Please Note: Lunch is not included on Saturdays or Sundays due to winery restrictions on weekends. There will be lunch options available for purchase at the wineries., Snacks, Wine Tasting Fees at 2 wineries., Re-usable water bottles that can be re-filled at stops throughout the tour, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Guide gratuity: It is customary, but optional, to tip your guide if you had a positive experience.

Reviewed By Noangelev24

We had the best time! And our tour guide was amazing, giving us history of the area, very knowledgeable, and he made sure to make everyone comfortable! I cannot remember your name sir but we were the couple visiting from Telluride! Lunch was included, as well as the shuttle pick-up/drop-off. We went to 3 different wineries and all of their selections were so yummy! I highly recommend this when you’re in the area!

6. Private All-Inclusive Wine Country Tour for Couples from Santa Barbara

SB Limo Wine Tours

Join us on this cultivated excursion and take home your own authentic Santa Barbara Wine Tour experience. Learn how wine is made and how to taste it. Choose your own gourmet lunch option and let us show you what our local wine is all about! We will take you in your own private vehicle with your own private chauffeur to 3 wineries by appointment only to enjoy a romantic private tastings. Arrive in style and comfort in one of our luxurious vehicles. We can pick you up at any location in the greater Santa barbara area. You'll be able to picnic at one of the wineries with a gourmet picnic lunch that is included in your tour. ***Minimum of 2 per reservation***

Inclusions: Lunch, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes, Alcoholic Beverages

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Reviewed By Stephaniehubis

SB Limos went above and beyond! We just did a wine tour with them last weekend and it was so much fun. From the moment i called and booked they took care of everything. They called the wineries, set up our reservations, made sure we had plans for lunch, arranged for the driver to pick it up for us, and the driver made sure we had everything we needed throughout the day. He even offered to take pics of us at one of the wineries which was so awesome! This pandemic has changed everything, but this day was such a fresh breath of air, and i thank SB Limos for everything they did. Highly recommend. Ask for Stephanie when booking, she will help you with everything.

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