Los Olivos Wine Tasting Getaway - Events & Discounts


I just got home from visiting Los Olivos, a town in the Santa Ynez Valley just 2 hours north of Los Angeles.  I love the quiet there; the great food and wine keep me coming back. I had some great 'firsts' on this visit and I wanted to share them with you. I think these gems are definitely worth checking out.


Carhartt Vineyard Tasting Room, Los Olivos.
I finally got to check out the Carhartt Wine Tasting Room in Los Olivos. This is a popular one with the thirty-something crowd and I can see why. There is an ease about relaxing on their back patio, sipping wine and chatting over the tunes of the Black Keys. Their patio is furnished with handmade rustic patio furniture, a flowing water fountain made from a wine barrel and plants that make you feel a bit like you're nestled in the woods.
Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room, Los Olivos.
The other tasting room I really enjoyed was Malibu Family Wines, also in Los Olivos. Firstly, I loved all their wines. Secondly, they are fun folks and very generous. With our wine tasting they offered us chocolates, cheeses, and credited our tasting fee toward our purchase of a bottle of wine. They also sell snacks (meats & cheeses) and they offer little tables to sip wine at, a cozy lounge, and an outdoor picnic area. Very pleasantly surprised. The tasting room is having a Grand Opening all weekend on January 18th and 19th, complete with wine, lunch from the best caterer in town (Industrial Eats) and live music by the 'Vineyard Birds'.
One of the many sweet friends at J. Woeste Home & Garden Treasures, Los Olivos.
J. Woeste Home & Garden Treasures is close by, with a extensive fairy tale garden (above). They've created a world of characters and animals within potted succulent gardens and water fountains. They are colorful and have a charm that anyone would enjoy.

Do you love good food? It is worthy of note that in late January is the official beginning of Restaurant Week in the Santa Ynez Valley. Some 20 local restaurants are offering tasting menus for a fixed discounted price. I can tell you without hesitation that my favorite restaurant on the list is the Vineyard House located in a Victorian home dating back to 1907. The food, service and ambience has always been exceptional.
Cottages at the Wine Valley Inn, Solvang.

Discounts in Los Olivos

The Wine Valley Inn is running a special, just $84 per night, 50% off their usual rates. I've stayed here several times and enjoyed each visit. The location is very central to Solvang, just a couple miles from Los Olivos.  The rooms are spacious and designed to make you feel like you're in a cottage. They have lovely gardens and breakfast comes with your room.

If you plan to visit more than four wineries, you'll save some money if you get a Wine Tasting Pass for $40 from the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. They have partnered with 14 different wineries in the area and the pass is offered year round. You might also want to check out my go-to site for wine tastings discounts: 
Get wine tasting coupons here -- select "Central Coast".

Lastly, I've rounded up all the wine tasting discounts that Groupon offers for the whole Santa Ynez Valley:

50% Off at Beckmen Vineyards in Los Olivos: $24 for 2 Tastings + One Bottle of Wine
75% Off at Rideau Vineyards in Solvang: Tour, Tasting Class, 2 Wine Tastings + Snacks
51% Off Wine Tasting Passport Santa Ynez Valley: $29 for Free and Discounted Tastings at 16 Wineries 
55% Off at Presidio Winery in Solvang: $25 for 2 tastings + One Bottle of Wine

This post was updated on 25 August 2014.

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