[caption id="attachment_8617" align="alignnone" width="620"] Photos courtesy of Malibu Wines.[/caption] Santa Barbara is a popular Southern California wine tasting destination, but for those hoping to stay closer to LA, Malibu offers several unique opportunities to enjoy quality wines tastings on the beautiful coastline. Perhaps, the most unique options is Malibu Wine Safari at Saddlerock Ranch, located off the Mulholland highway. Several tour options are offered with plenty of wine, of course, and lunch. Living up to its name, tastings are paired with a wild ride through the property to check out zebras, alpacas, water buffalo, camels, horses and donkeys. http://youtu.be/gozIlzvoC2g With the vineyard lunch safari, a tour of Saddlerock Ranch followed by a catered lunch. The safari takes place in an open-air truck lead by a guide with stops to look at the animals and scenic views of the vineyard. The owners of the ranch have some of their personal art collections in different areas of ranch, as well. The tour and lunch lasts about three hours. Safari visitors can also choose a shorter sunset safari with a wine tasting or a star-gazing tour through Camp Cabernet that kicks off with champagne and continues with wine throughout the night. Next door to the ranch is Malibu Wines, where visitors can picnic and order bottles of wine to drink on site or take home. To secure seating at a table guests can either purchase a glass of wine or order one of three different tasting flights, including a mimosa flight. Of the wine labels that they sell at Malibu Wines, one is their own and the grapes are grown just across the street. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons they have live music and often draws big crowds of picnickers. Upcoming events include an acoustic artist and a blues artist The tasting room at Malibu Wines is open seven days a week and no reservations are necessary to do a wine tasting. For bigger groups who want to sit at tables, reservations are suggested and include options like renting out a picnic table, a gazebo or the renting the entire tasting area for groups up to 100 people. Another Malibu winery worth checking out is the Rosenthal at the Malibu Estate Vineyard, which was the first official AVA vineyard in the county. The estate is located in the Malibu hills but there is a tasting room off the PCH where visitors can try the winery's merlot, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon offerings. The estate is a popular spot for weddings and other private parties. Private tours can also be arranged. The Cielo Malibu Estate Vineyard is located in Agoura and offers private tastings and estate tours. A tasting room called “The Sip” features the winery's reserves, such as syrah and cabernet sauvignon, and also offers a variety of premium beers. The Cornell Winery is a tasting room that offers a variety of 50 different wines from Malibu and around the Santa Monica mountains. This tasting room off the Mulholland highway is the place for tasting a wider range of local wines from the comfort of one rustic and inviting tasting room. For those who prefer to make a night of it with an overnight stay after they sip and swirl, several options for Malibu Hotel accommodations are located nearby. Facebook Tweet Linkedin Pinterest Google + Interested in becoming a Contributor?