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California’s only Semi-Private, Door-to-Door, “Hop on, Hop off” Wine Tasting Tour Service. Choose a Paso Robles wine tour or a Santa Barbara wine country tour in our air-conditioned chauffeured vans. We pick you up, we drop you off… all that you have to do is enjoy yourself!
Starting at only $89.95 per person you go wine tasting at your choice of over 90 premier Paso Robles wineries. No other service gives you the freedom and flexibility to taste at your own pace and choose where you want to go.
Frequently asked questions:
* CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & SERVICE MODIFICATIONS *
Please see our COVID-19 Protocols and Policies page for up-to-date information on service changes.
What’s different about The Wine Line from other wine tasting tour services?
* Please see our temporary “Hop on, Hop Off” service modifications for COVID-19. *
We are a semi-private, door-to-door, “Hop On, Hop Off” shuttle style wine tasting tour service. We let you set your pace and create your own itinerary. We pick you up at your accommodations and start you on our loops. We service over 90 wineries in the Paso Robles wine country and you just pick and choose where you want to “hop on” and “hop off” all day long. You are no longer stuck with a group of strangers on a set schedule for the entire day!
How much does it cost?
In keeping with our mission of freedom and flexibility, we have a few different fare options:
$89.95pp – Our à la carte, semi-private, door-to-door*, “hop on, hop off” wine tasting tour service, does not include lunch or tasting fees. You can bring your own lunch or you can “hop off” at one of the few wineries that offers lunch service. Most wine tasting fees run $10-$30 and most wineries waive it if you purchase a certain amount of wine.
$104.95pp – Our à la carte Paso Robles wine tour with lunch added.
$129.95pp – Our All-Inclusive Package. While it’s not “free wine tasting” it includes lunch and wine tasting fees at your choice of 4 from an specific list of wineries. You can “hop off” at your choice of 4 out of 20 West side/Tin City & Ramada Drive wineries or 4 out of 12 on the East side. For the All-Inclusive Package an 18% gratuity is added (based upon seat cost plus lunch [$104.95pp], and location charge, if any) payable to the driver directly, or left on the booking card.
TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED: Additionally, we offer fully Private Paso Robles Wine Tours (starting from $99.95pp) and special tours such as the Wine, Brew & Spirits tour ($99.95pp) and the Hearst Castle plus 2 package ($179.95pp). You can review those details and fares from the Experiences menu dropdown.
*pickup is included for Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero city limits. Location charges apply outside of these areas
How does your Semi-Private "Hop On, Hop Off" Paso Robles wine tour work?
When you decide to “hop off” we walk you in, introduce you to the tasting room staff, who will guide you through your wine tasting experience, and we return in approximately 40 minutes. When we return, we come in and let you know we’re back, and if you’re ready to go, you just “hop on” and proceed to the next winery of your choice.
If not, you’re enjoying yourself or need a little extra time, you just chat with your driver about when s/he can return. Throughout the day, we typically we take you directly from winery to winery, so it almost feels like a private tour. Occasionally we may have to pick up others along the way, but, we’re not like a city bus, stopping at every stop on the loop. We basically “hop-scotch” around from winery to winery.
Where do you pick up?
We are a door to door service! We pick you up at your accommodations, whether it’s a Paso Robles hotel, San Luis Obispo B&B, Morro Bay Inn, or Pismo Beach residence or whatever. Pick up and return within Paso Robles, Templeton or Atascadero city limits is included. Outside regions are first to be picked up and last to be returned. Additional location charges apply for outside areas (per group, on the total, NOT per person) as follows:
• Avila Beach – $45 (is added on total, not per person, and same for each below)
• Arroyo Grande – $50
• Cambria – $40
• Cayucos – $40
• Creston – $30
• Lake Nacimiento/Heritage Ranch – $30
• Los Osos – $50
• Morro Bay – $40
• Paso Robles-Other (Cripple Creek/Camp 8/Geneseo Rds area) – $25
• Pismo Beach – $45
• Shell Beach – $45
• San Luis Obispo – $40
• San Simeon – $45
• Santa Margarita – $25
• If your pick up city is not listed we may not pick up there. Arroyo Grande is typically the furthest south we can go. Please contact us to inquire about different pick up cities.
What time are pick ups and what time does the day end?
Pick ups for our Paso Robles wine tasting tours are generally scheduled for between 10:30-11:30am and coordinated geographically based upon the other pick ups for the day, with outside regions picked up first and returned last. We will call you between 9:30-10am on the morning of service to give you a more specific pick up time. We begin our returns from your last winery around 4:00pm, give or take. Late pick ups and early returns may be possible upon request, only within the Paso Robles, Templeton or Atascadero city limits.
Which wineries do you service?
We service over 90 premier Paso Robles wineries, between the East side, West side/Tin City & Ramada Drive, and the Downtown Wine District. You can view the lists of the wineries, along with a brief descriptions, website links under the “Experiences” menu drop down, and the Paso wine maps under the “Plan A Trip” menu shows where they are all situated.
For the list of the wineries in the All-Inclusive package, please refer to that at-a-glance page here.
Please note: due to increasingly poor traffic conditions we are most likley unable to accommodate winery visits on both East and West sides on the same day, particularly on weekend days. A route must be selected at least 24hrs in advance of the tour or we will pick the route that works best logistically and you can chat with your driver for recommendations of wineries on that side on the day of service.
Do you have a Paso Robles winery map for the wineries you service?
We actually have a few for the different loops we service with our Semi-Private Paso Robles wine tastings tours! You can view the Paso wine maps under the “Plan A Trip” menu dropdown and over to “Plan Your Trip” or you can click the links below to view each of them directly:
Paso Robles East side wineries map
Paso Robles West side wineries map
Tin City Paso Robles wineries map
Paso Robles Downtown Wine District map
What if I’m not familiar with the Paso Robles wineries?
You will be when we’re done with ya! 😉 Seriously though, feel free to reach out after booking for recommendations by calling directly or replying to your confirmation email with any inquiries.
Also, our drivers are well versed in the Paso Robles wineries we service, what types of wines they offer, their settings, etc., and will be happy to make recommendations on the day of your wine tasting tour to tailor the day to your desires.
Are the tasting fees included?
Of the 90+ Paso Robles wineries we service, a few do offer complimentary tastings for our customers. Most charge $10-$20 and waive it if you purchase wine, and the remaining handful charge $10-$20 but don’t waive it with purchase.
While it’s not “free wine tasting,” tasting fees ARE included in our All-Inclusive package* which includes lunch and tasting fees at your choice of 4 of these following wineries (choose West side/Tin City & Ramada Drive OR East side; subject to change without notice):
West side – Broken Earth Winery, Croad Vineyards, Dark Star Cellars, Doce Robles Winery, Grey Wolf Winery/Barton Family, Hunt Cellars, Midnight Cellars, Red Soles Winery, Rotta Winery, Summerwood, Windward Vineyards or Zin Alley; Tin City/Ramada Drive – Al Lago Wines (F-Su or by appt), Anglim, Brian Benson (F-Su or by appt), Broken Earth Winery, Cordant/Nelle (Th-M or by appt), Kaleidos (F-Su or by appt), Powell Mountain (F-Su or by appt) or Seven Oxen Estate (F-M or by appt)
East side – Bianchi, Eberle Winery, EOS Estate (TEMP. CLOSED), Glunz Family, Le Vigne Winery, Penman Springs (Th-M), Rio Seco Winery, Steinbeck Vineyards, Via Vega (F-Su or by appt) or Vina Robles
*The All-Inclusive fare is an additional $40pp (plus gratuity).
Is lunch included?
We can provide our Paso Robles lunch for $15pp added to our à la carte Paso Robles wine tours. It includes a delicious, gourmet sandwich and choice of sides, or a large salad main. (Our Paso Robles lunch menu is linked above under Plan a Trip). Otherwise, you can choose to “hop off” at one of the few wineries that offer lunch service, or bring your own picnic and we’ll carry it in our cooler and help you find a nice vineyard at which to enjoy it.
Lunch IS included in our “All-Inclusive” fare.
How many wineries will I visit on our Paso Robles wine tour?
You will visit 4-5 Paso Robles wineries in your day, depending upon where you are picked up, which wineries are on your itinerary, how long you choose to stay at each winery, and what you do for lunch.
What is the All-Inclusive Package?
The All-Inclusive Package is your one-stop shopping solution for your Paso Robles wine tasting tour and adventure! It includes a gourmet box lunch, freshly prepared the morning of your tour, and tasting fees at your choice of 4 from the list of wineries below (one side or the other). Time and intoxication permitting, you may visit additional wineries and pay the tasting fees at the additional wineries.
In keeping with our mission of freedom and flexibility, you still “hop on” and “hop off” as you wish, at your choice of 4 of the package wineries (or substitute one or more for a non-inclusive winery and pay the fees directly), and choose to enjoy your lunch when and where you are ready. The only thing you need to worry about is how much you’re going to spend on the wines you want to buy!
All-Inclusive Package Wineries
(choose West side/Tin City & Ramada Drive OR East side; Subject to change without notice)
West side – Broken Earth Winery, Croad Vineyards, Dark Star Cellars, Doce Robles Winery, Grey Wolf Winery/Barton Family, Hunt Cellars, Midnight Cellars, Red Soles Winery, Rotta Winery, Summerwood Winery, Windward Vineyards, or Zin Alley; Tin City/Ramada Drive – Al Lago Wines (F-Su or by appt), Anglim, Brian Benson (F-Su or by appt), Broken Earth Winery, Cordant/Nelle (Th-M or by appt), Kaleidos (F-Su or by appt), Powell Mountain (F-Su or by appt) or Seven Oxen Estate (F-M or by appt)
East side – Bianchi, Eberle Winery, EOS Estate, Glunz Family, Le Vigne Winery (cheese pairing for $5 addl.), Penman Springs (Th-M), Rio Seco Winery, Steinbeck Vineyards, Via Vega (F-Su or by appt) or Vina Robles
Is there a minimum or maximum number of people?
Yes. We have a minimum of 2ppl for any of our wine tours. We can accommodate singles only if we have other bookings for the day requested. The maximum for one group together split between 3 vans would be 28. For out of the area pick ups the maximum is 20ppl between 2 vans on Saturdays.
Do you offer group rates?
We do not have special rates for groups for our Semi-Private “Hop On, Hop Off” Paso Robles wine tasting tours, but we do have a sliding scale for our Private Tours in Paso Robles (see our Private Tours FAQ page).
For parties of 7 or more, we are required to make appointments with the wineries. Rather than doing our “hop on, hop off” service, you’d be doing a scheduled service. From the wineries we service, we will create an itinerary, based upon your requests or our recommendations, and will call to make the appointments. Your driver(s) will walk you in, introduce you to the staff and then return approximately 10 minutes prior to your next appointment.
We are not a limo service so our drivers won’t be waiting while you taste. We will have other customers to attend to while you are at your appointments. We do add an 18% gratuity for parties of 7 or more. Our vans hold 8-11 passengers each, so when we have parties of 12 or more we dispatch two vans to shuttle the party to and from your winery appointments. You will all depart and arrive at the same time, you’re just split while in transit.
What if we purchase wine?
When your driver returns at each winery, s/he will collect your purchases, store them in our cooler in the rear of the van, and return them along with you to your accommodations at the end of the day.
What is your cancellation policy?
72 hour notice for groups of 6 or less and 2 weeks for groups of 7 or more, and this applies to a reduction in group size, as well. If you cancel, or reduce the group size, prior to these time frames there is no charge, however, afterward you are responsible and will be charged for the entire amount of the confirmed number. Should your group reduce in size you will be charged for those seats if we are not notified within the above referenced time frames.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes, we do offer fully private Paso Robles wine tours every day, except most Saturdays, and will take you to any of the 300+ wineries in the region. You can review our Private Tour Experience FAQ page for complete details.
Our Paso Robles Private Tours have a sliding rate. As the group size goes up, the price per person, goes down. The weekday pricing is $99.95pp for up to three, $89.95pp up to six, $84.95pp for seven or more; Saturday pricing, only if available, is $99.95pp (no discounts/sliding scale applied). We do add an 20% gratuity for all Private Tours. San Luis Obispo and Coastal tours would have additional charges. Note: If Saturdays are available, there may be an additional surcharge or minimum number of people not reflected in this pricing. Please contact for Saturday availability and/or details for an accurate quote based upon your particulars.
Is the tour “pet friendly?"
Yes, we do allow clean and well behaved dogs to “hop on” for our Paso Robles wine tasting tours. The little buddy MUST sit on their human’s laps or between their legs, NOT ON THE SEATS, be leashed at all times, and we ask that you thoroughly brush him/her prior to the tour. Also, it is MANDATORY for you to notify us that you will be bringing a dog when you make your reservation, either online in the comments section or directly over the phone. Please bear in mind our $300 clean up fee for any “mess” which can include excessive dog hair or otherwise. Most, but not all, of the Paso Robles wineries are dog friendly as well (note: we may not service all on our Semi-Private tours).
Do you offer special event services?
We do offer special event transportation for winemaker dinners, winery parties, weddings, etc. Due to our tour service hours we are limited in the pick up times. The cost is $100/hr per van with a 2hr minimum and a 20% gratuity. Please contact directly for booking info.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Cancellation policy: 72 hour notice for groups of 6 or less and 2 weeks for groups of 7 or more. Should you cancel prior to these time frames there is no fee, however, afterward you will be charged for the entire amount. Please note, should your group reduce in size you will be charged for those seats if we are not notified within the above referenced time frames.
Intoxication: We are here to help you have a wonderful day and we are certain you are going to, although we do ask that you be mindful of your consumption. Should we observe, or be notified by a tasting room server, that anyone in your party is becoming too intoxicated to continue we reserve the right to return to you to your accommodations without refund. Additionally, there will be a $300 cleaning fee for any “mess” or damage caused by anyone in your party inside the van.
* Please note our temporary “Hop on, Hop Off” service modifications for COVID-19. *
The Wine Line is a totally unique wine tour service. In addition to the fully private and personalized wine tours we offer, our distinctive, and very affordable, “hop on, hop off” wine tours are semi-private, with a shuttle style service, operated by professional and courteous drivers well versed in the areas’ wineries. As opposed to other public California wine tours that keep you bound to a set schedule, with a preset itinerary, stuck with a group of people all day long – The Wine Line’s wine country tours offer you freedom from these constraints for one low-cost per person.
Our wine tour vans hopscotch among the wineries we service on our loops, and our customers “hop off” at the winery of their individual choice. After we walk you into your chosen wineries, we return in approximately 40 minutes. If you are ready to go, you “hop on” again and proceed to the next winery of your choice. If not, you want to stay a while longer, just say so and we’ll return. Be it one of our Paso Robles wine tours, or in the Santa Barbara wine country on a Santa Ynez wine tour, our mission is freedom and flexibility, empowering you to embrace the wine country!