4 Spots For Wine Tasting that Aren’t Napa

Now that it’s finally spring, I’ve been starting to think about fun things to do in Southern California. I’ve always loved wine tasing in Napa, but making the trip out there isn’t always easy. It definitely involves a lot of planning in advance! Of course, if you haven’t been, it’s definitely a must. If you’re looking for a quick day trip or weekend trip for wine tasting in SoCal, these are the four best spots!

Ahora que finalmente es primavera, he estado empezando a pensar en cosas divertidas para hacer en el sur de California. Siempre me ha gustado ir a probar los vinos en Napa, pero hacer el viaje no siempre es fácil. ¡Definitivamente requiere mucha planificación por adelantado! Por supuesto, si no lo has hecho, definitivamente es un súper plan. Si estás buscando un viaje rápido de un día o un fin de semana para degustar vinos en el sur de California, ¡estos son los cuatro mejores lugares, en mi opinión!



Temecula, about an hour drive from San Diego, Palm Springs and Orange County is a hidden gem in SoCal. Not a lot of people know this, but Temecula has some super cute and fun spots for wine tasting. They have over 40 wineries in the area, so I narrowed it down to my 3 favorites below!

Temecula, a aproximadamente una hora en carro de San Diego, Palm Springs y Orange County, es una joya escondida en SoCal. No mucha gente lo sabe, pero Temecula tiene algunos lugares súper bonitos y divertidos para catar vinos. Tienen más de 40 viñedos en el área, ¡así que lo reduje a mis 3 favoritos a continuación!


photos via @bottaiawinery

Where to go:

Bottaia Winery

Peltzer Cellars

Leoness Cellars Winery


Malibu isn’t just for the beach. There are a few very popular wineries that are definitely worth checking out if you’re visiting Los Angeles. Malibu Wines is the perfect place to throw a birthday or set up a picnic on the lawn. If you want to take wine tasting to the next level, look no further than Malibu Wine Safaris. The tour takes takes you around in a safari car and you even get to stop to feed the giraffes!

Malibu no es solo para la playa. Hay algunos viñedos muy populares que vale la pena visitar si estás visitando Los Ángeles. Malibu Wines es el lugar perfecto para celebrar un cumpleaños o para hacer un picnic. Si quieres llevar la cata de vinos al siguiente nivel, no busques más lejos que Malibu Wine Safaris. ¡El recorrido te lleva en un coche de safari e incluso puedes parar para darle de comer a las jirafas!


photo via @amandalmiller & @malibuwines

Where to go:

Malibu Wines

Malibu Wine Safari


After Napa and Sonoma, Santa Barbara is the next biggest wine region in California with over 200 wineries. In one day, you can easily visit three or four wineries. Santa Barbara has some of the cutest hotels too, so I would recommend staying for a night or two!

Después de Napa y Sonoma, Santa Barbara es la siguiente región vinícola más grande de California con más de 200 viñedos. En un día, puedes visitar fácilmente tres o cuatro. Santa Bárbara también tiene algunos de los hoteles más bonitos, por lo que te recomendaría quedarte una o dos noches.


photo via wander and wine

Where to go:

Presqu’ile Winery

Melville Winery

Sanford Winery


Valle de Guadalupe isn’t technically in Southern California… but it is in Baja California, Mexico which is basically the same thing. It’s actually an easy 2 hour drive from San Diego into Mexico. Since it’s such an easy day trip, I thought I’d share some of my favorite spots here too.

El Valle de Guadalupe no está técnicamente en el sur de California … pero está en Baja California, México, que es básicamente lo mismo. Es un viaje fácil de 2 horas desde San Diego a México. Ya que es un viaje de un día tan fácil, pensé que también compartiría algunos de mis lugares favoritos ahí.

(complete guide to valle here). 

photo via the modern day explorer

Where to go:

Cuatro Cuatros

Encuentro Guadalupe

Finca Altozano




  1. Xiomara
    December 12, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    I’ve never been to Napa, tendre que ir!! Wine Safari is on my list too. Temecula y el Valle nunca pueden fallar. Cant wait to explore Napa, Gracias!


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