Wine Trolley rolls in to the Santa Maria Valley
The Santa Maria Valley wine trolley will bring a whole new way of experiencing the wine region.
An exciting new feature has rolled into the Santa Maria Valley. The wine trolley will be open for business Saturdays and Sundays, and run every 75 minutes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with its starting point at Town Center West. The wine trolley will also be on the move for one additional route from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., but will exclude Cottonwood Canyon and Presqu’ile wineries.
Where the trolley takes you
- Town Center West near the pedestrian bridge (downtown Santa Maria on S. Broadway)
- Costa de Oro Winery
- Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery
- Presqu’ile Winery
- Old Town Orcutt – Old Town Market
- Old Town Orcutt – Rooney’s Irish Pub
The wine trolley runs from May – September, which is subject to change, so check the website when creating your tasting schedule.
The cost is $10 per person in advance, and $15 per person at the Trolley (transportation only), and is step on, step off, at your convenience. Tickets can be purchased at Ca’ Del Grevino Wine & Café Bar, Core Winery, Costa de Oro Winery, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, Nagy Wine Tasting Room, Old Town Market and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau. Check the Santa Maria Valley website for pick-up times and locations.
“We are absolutely thrilled about providing our visitors a new way to experience the gorgeous scenery of the Santa Maria Valley while allowing them to stop at many different locations and attractions,” said Glenn Morris, president and chief executive officer of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau. “It is another fantastic reason to explore this hidden gem of an area and enjoy what we locals get to experience every day.”
The Central Coast’s most historic wine lives in the Santa Maria Valley. The valley has the oldest appellation in the area and nearly two centuries of viniculture experience. The Santa Maria Valley is one of the most agriculturally diverse regions in the U.S. with a wealth of fruits and vegetables grown on the valley floor and vineyards hugging the hillsides.
It’s a place where flavor runs rampant and taste buds can indulge, as crops are grown, cooked and served here and the grapes grown and corked here. The Santa Maria Valley has one of California’s longest growing seasons and a truly rare transverse geography resulting in the development of complex, flavorful and balanced grapes. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are their specialties. These are composed of well-drained soils that also contribute to exceptional fruit intensity and flavor concentration.
The Santa Maria Valley is a recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) within Santa Barbara County; the AVA encompasses one of the top wine regions in the world. The Travel Channel named the Santa Maria Valley The New Top 10 Cities for Wine Snobs.
For more information, please visit santamariavalley.com.
About Santa Maria Valley
Serving the greater Santa Maria Valley in the heart of California’s Central Coast, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau is a nonprofit association that facilitates local tourism and provides information on the region’s many attractions and visitor services. Famed for its fine wines, natural wonders, agricultural heritage and flavorful barbecue, the Santa Maria Valley offers a broad range of cultural, sporting and historical experiences. For details on Santa Maria Valley lodging, wine tasting, travel deals and e-newsletter alerts, visit santamariavalley.com or call (800) 331-3779.