The life of wine is typically long and luxurious, beginning with days of sunbathing on the vine, and ending with an appreciative kiss from either a connoisseur or fruitfly. Trace vino to its roots with today's Groupon: for $69, you get two reservations to a shared wineries tour from Wine d'Tours (up to a $150 value). Shared tours include the following:
- Tours of three Santa Cruz Mountains wineries
- Light snack
- Wine tastings
- Transportation to and from wineries
The knowledgeable guides of Wine d'Tours herald the virtues of Santa Cruz's excellent vineyards and beautiful mountain range with weekend jaunts through the region, alighting at different wineries each trip. Shared tours launch from Michael's On Main in Soquel at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and by request, they can also pick up in Los Gatos. Groups remain small enough to encourage conversation and friend-making but big enough to avoid repeated results during games of spin the bottle. Though tour stops vary depending on the day, they often include mountain-hugging establishments such as the Bargetto, Byington, Silver Mountain, and Vine Hill wineries. Tours linger in areas normally off-limits to the general public, and leave time for a light snack and several tastings throughout the day. With bellies soothed by wine, eyes relaxed with stunning coastline views, and feet permanently dyed red from inexplicably squishing lipstick between toes, the outing full-circles back to Soquel for drop-off at 4:30 p.m.
Though Wine d'Tours sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Fueled by an enthusiasm for wine and the visual beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wine d'Tours' owners Diana and Ken Sharma organize tasting tours that celebrate local viticulture. During shared tours, groups accompany docents to three wineries located in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. The full-bodied flavors of cabernet and merlot dance across palates while guides reveal the details of wine production at vineyards such as Bargetto Winery, Soquel Vineyard, and MJA Vineyards. Tour groups comprise anywhere from 6–15 visitors, and each day's tour peruses different wineries, allowing avid explorers to revisit the tour for an experience as distinctive as the finish of a vintage Fanta grape.