FAQs

What Wineries will we be visiting on our Wrangler Adventure Tour or 1/2 Day Tour?

Short Answer: All tours include freedom of choice for our guests .

Long Answer: A little background first: Many tour companies will choose the wineries for your visit without your input... OR They will limit the wineries available to only a selection in close geographic proximity. (Paso Robles has highly traveled corridors called Highway 46 East or West). To be sure, there are great wineries on these routes and they should not be ignored, however, to limit your day to only small selections of the 200 + wineries available in Paso would not be in YOUR best interest.

We are different - This is what makes The Wine Wrangler the BEST in the business!

Our First Consideration IS YOUR INTEREST. Every individual has their own likes and dislikes for their own palate.

We accept your suggestions and requests when you board the vehicle. Our Tours are kept small and intimate so we can customize them to you and the others on the tour.

What Days & Times do your tours run?

RUNS DAILY - Full Day Tours

  • Wrangler Adventure Tour - Depart approximately 11:00AM from Paso Robles (other rural areas and cities depart earlier by request depending on distance to Paso Robles)
    • Allow 5 to 7 hours (depending on pick-up / return location)
  • Hearst Castle Tours - Depart approximately 8:00AM from Paso Robles (other rural areas and cities depart earlier - or later by request depending on proximity to Hearst Castle )
    • Allow 5 to 9 hours (depending on pick-up / return location)

RUNS DAILY - 1/2 Day Tours - Allow 3 hours pick-up to drop-off

RUNS DAILY - Private Tours - Small ~ Medium or Large Group

  • All Private tours are based on your wants along with the time and location you wish to depart from.
    • Sunday - Friday 3 hour minimum
    • Saturday's & Holiday's 5 hour minimum

How far ahead do we need to make reservations?

  • It's possible to make reservations the same day
  • While we cannot guarantee availability, most often we have availability Sunday - Friday.

Saturdays and Holiday Weekends are generally very busy -We recommend booking ASAP

  • If you are interested in touring on a Saturday/Holiday, it is recommended to make a reservation at least one month in advance, however, we sometimes have last minute cancellations, so please do check with us!

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Do you allow Solo Travelers?

Short Answer: Yes, BUT....

Long Answer: We have a 2 person minimum per tour. HOWEVER, if we have others from the same area already included on the tour you are interested in, we will be HAPPY to include you!

Reservations for Solo Travellers must be made by calling our office. 805-238-5700..

Will you pick us up at our lodging in other cities?

Short Answer - Yes

Long Answer - For our Full Day and Private Tours, we pick up from ATASCADERO, AVILA BEACH , CAMBRIA, CAYUCOS, MORRO BAY, PISMO BEACH, SAN LUIS OBISPO, SAN SIMEON, TEMPLETON. An additional fee may be required depending on the location.

We only pick up for 1/2 Day tours in Paso Robles.

Will you pick us up at our B & B or Vacation Rental

Short Answer - Yes

Long Answer - Yes we can pick you up at the lodging of your choice in most instances. An additional fee may be required depending on the location.

What is Considered Rural Paso

Short Answer: Anything 10 minutes or more drive time from the Paso Robles Downtown City Park.

Long Answer: The Town of Paso Robles is a small area, but the greater region as defined by the designated Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA), is huge. The area outside approximately 10 minutes drive time has many fantastic B & B locations and Vacation Rentals; so many in fact, in more than 15 years of business we have not yet picked up at all of them. We are dedicated to keeping our on-time arrival and starting times for each group and if the drive is 10 min or more outside of the core of Paso Robles we would not be serving customers in the best way possible. Therefore, our standard pickup window for Rural Paso is 10:30 - 10:45AM. This allows us the time needed to meet, greet and board all of our guests in an efficient and orderly manner.

Will I incur additional costs during the wine tour?

Short Answer - Possibly

Long Answer - Due to the high degree of customization our tours include, guests will often choose wineries which charge a fee. As the wine region grows in popularity, more and more wineries are charging tasting fees to cover the cost of the additional staff required and the wines they pour. Fees generally range from $5 to $55. The average is approximately $15.00. Many will waive this fee if you purchase wine or join their wine club.

Ask your guide if you wish to avoid some of these fees because some wineries will advertise specials or may offer discounts to our tour guests.

Please Note: We do not accept any gifts, kickbacks or compensation of any kind from wineries to bring you to them. Your guide is dedicated to catering to your requests or interests only.

What is your Payment and Cancellation Policy?

Mixed Group or "Public" Tours

  • Payment: For our Wrangler Adventure, 1/2 Day, and Hearst Castle Tours, payment is required in full at the time the reservation is made.
  • Hearst Castle Tours: Changes to tours are not accepted without an additional payment of $15.00 per person.
  • Cancellations: For our Wrangler Adventure, 1/2 Day, and Hearst Castle Tours, if we receive a cancellation notice more than 72 hours before the tour, a refund of your payment less a fee of $15 per person will be applied.
  • No shows or cancellations with less than 72 hours notice will not be refunded.
  • Tours Run Rain or Shine.
  • Note - Paso Robles Wine Club - Members in good standing do not pay any cancellation fee on mixed group tours when cancellation notice is at least 24 hours in advance of the tour. Full payment at their discounted rate is required if cancelling within 24 hours of tour start time.

Private Tours

  • Payment for Private Tours - A $100 advance deposit is Non-Refundable. The Full payment, for the contracted amount, is due and payable 7 days in advance of the first scheduled use date. The final payment, if any, will be based on actual time (unless otherwise noted), and will be billed at the conclusion of the event.
  • Cancellations 7 days or less in advance of the tour or event will be charged the full contracted amount due regardless of reason for cancellation.
  • Note - Paso Robles Wine Club - Members in good standing will be charged only the Non-Refundable $100.00 fees if they request cancel at any time before the tour departs. Full payment is still charged 7 days in advance of the tour and once the tour is in progress any payments made are not refundable.

Private Tours: Do I need Appointments?

Short Answer: Very Likely

Longer Answer:

When planning your itinerary, we take the following into consideration:

  1. Group Size:
    • Small Groups of 2 - 4 people generally do not need appointments for most wineries, however, if you have specific wineries or venues you wish to visit an appointment is always a great idea.
    • Groups of 5 - 8 will take approximately 45 minutes to taste at the average winery.
    • Groups of 9 - 14 will take approximately 1 to 1.25 hours at each winery.
  2. When we plan the lunch stop we usually add 30 – 45 minutes to the 2nd winery stop(varies with each group)
  3. Most wineries charge a tasting fee of $10 - $55 per person. The Average is $15.00 - $20.00 pp. Some may waive with purchase.
  4. For groups of 6 or more, some wineries may request fees in advance of the group attending to cover additional staff and set-up.
  5. Please consider keeping to wineries close in proximity to allow for more tasting, less driving.
  6. Many of the popular wineries are requiring 45 days advance reservations for groups, and you can expect 60 days requirements for EVENT and HOLIDAY WEEKENDS.
  7. Once we have a completed reservation we can send you an Itinerary Planning Guide to organize your priorities and it may help with the reservation process.
  8. Please return the completed request list to us 45 days (60 days for holidays & event weekends) in advance of your tour.

Private Tours: How do I arrange appointments?

There are two possibilities:

1. Itinerary Planning Can be completed by the guest (best if you are members of the club at specific wineries)

At your request: We will send you an Itinerary Planning Guide which will assist you in organizing your day.

or

2. The Wine Wrangler can take all of the extra work away and make all of the arrangements based on your input.

In this case: We will send you an Itinerary Planning Guide so you can assist us in organizing your day.

It helps to know:

  • Which wineries you wish to visit
  • Types of wines you wish to try (Paso Has 60 or so different wine grapes planted)
  • If you are planning a special lunch stop or dinner location following the tour.
  • Other details regarding your tour such as anniversary, birthday, etc...

Costs for itinerary planning are as follows:

  1. For groups of 1 - 9 people there is a $75.00 planning fee
  2. For Groups of 10 + there is a $150.00 planning fee.

Tipping our Guide?

Mixed Group Tours: Gratuities are not included. Your guide will make every effort to create a memorable day and if you feel she or he did a particularly wonderful job for you, any display of appreciation is cherished.

On Private Group Tours: Gratuities are included in our hourly rates. Again, if you feel your guide did a particularly wonderful job for you, anything additional is gratefully accepted.

I have young children with me, are they allowed on the tour?

Short Answer - Yes!

Long Answer - We offer our Public Tours ( Full Day or 1/2 Day Wine Tours and Hearst Castle Tour )on a Per Person Basis and as such have limited seating capacity. Since there needs to be a seat for each individual we would have to charge for the seats being taken. Seat Requirements: Children under 5 must be in a car seat or booster and older children may require a booster based on their physical size.

Our Private Wine Tours are billed on an hourly basis not on a per person basis, therefore the number of seats needed only dictates the hourly charges. For these tours the Seat Requirements remain the same.

ALL TOURS: If there are any individuals under the age of 21 open containers of alcohol or consumption of alcoholic drinks are NOT allowed on the vehicle at any time.

Lost or Stolen Items?

The Wine Wrangler is not responsible for any items lost or stolen on our tour or in the wineries. Please take care to gather all of your belongs when you leave, including any wine or merchandise purchased throughout the day.

Items taken to our lost and found will be returned to the guests at their request and expense.

What About Charters and Event Transportation?

  • Charters are the equivalent of our Private Tours noted above and they are customized to your groups requirements entirely!

Some of the wineries our members have requested transport for include: Tobin James Cellars, Eberle, Le Cuvier, Castoro, Justin, Silverhorse, Calcareous, Villicana, Opolo, Mondo, and many more!

Other local events our members enjoy: Brewery events for Firestone Walker Brewing and Barrelhouse Brewing, along with Wine Country Events for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and Vina Robles Amphitheater Concerts

Please send an email or use our online chat for additional information.

Are you insured and fully licensed?

Yes. We are registered, regulated, and licensed by the State of California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC). The CPUC requires insurance and vehicle inspections as a condition of licensing.

Our license # is TCP18003A.

Drivers Licenses in CA

In California, vehicles that carry less than 10 passengers including the driver do not require a special license. Vehicles carrying more than 10 passengers including the driver require a Class B Commercial Drivers License and a Passenger Endorsement. Testing is completed through the California DMV.

Why should we tour with The Wine Wrangler?

We focus on your enjoyment of fantastic wine and tour experiences by keeping your interests at heart. With over 50 years of local history and knowledge, we offer the most extensive selection of tours in the region. We have a tour that will fit your needs. All our tours offer exquisite experiences, by cost, customization, or time restrictions. Our staff is immersed in the local wine culture and we are locally owned and operated. The company has dedicated the time and energy to create a world class tour company. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Don't just take our word, ask around locally....

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