Sip Up the Good Life with a “Di-vine” Wine Trip

Wine, sunshine, and an ocean breeze—the perfect combo for authentic vacation vibes. With a variety of wine and foodie events in full swing during the fall, it’s the ideal time to indulge in all three in Ventura County Coast. Where else can you sip local wine while sailing off to a national park for a day of outdoor exploration? 

Nestled between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, the Ventura County Coast wine scene is a unique spot to enjoy a bottle or tasting with friends. Our region’s wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants put their own unique spin on wine flights and pairings, many drawing inspiration from locally sourced ingredients. And it’s not too often you get to know the winemakers themselves, but here they’ll welcome you into their tasting rooms and wineries like old friends. Not to mention the near-perfect weather we have on the coast. All this and the good vibes of our region pair perfectly with any glass!


Grab your shades or a sun hat … it’s time to stop and smell the rosé in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme!

Camarillo

Wine is a family tradition in Camarillo. Many of the popular wineries were started in local garages and have since blossomed into full-scale businesses and tasting rooms. Feel like you’re hanging out with your favorite neighbors at friendly locations like Cantara Cellars and Back Patio Winery. The cheerful beach umbrellas on both patios will shade you from the late summer rays as you sip bright bubbles, crisp whites, and smooth reds.

Want a behind-the-scenes look at how local wines go from vine to bottle? Camarillo Custom Crush offers tours and public tastings Friday through Sunday. For a minimum fee, get a peek into where the wine-making magic happens, taste six custom-made wines, and take home a tasting glass as a memento of your experience.

Pair palate-pleasing wines with Camarillo’s bounty of fresh, local ingredients at chef-driven restaurants like RELM Wine & Beer Bistro or Sheila’s Place Wine Bar & Cafe. Notes of ripe berries and tart apples mix beautifully with the strumming of acoustic guitars and other live music on the weekends. For the full Camarillo wine list, check out this recent blog.

📷 : @cantaracellars

Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Oxnard’s eclectic wine trail features four fantastic wineries that pour a diverse range of varietals. Here’s a surprising bit of trivia: one of them, Herzog Wine Cellars, is the nation’s largest producer of kosher wines. This multifaceted winery does tastings and winemaker dinners featuring Mediterranean-inspired kosher cuisine at Tierra Sur Restaurant

Just a couple miles up the road at The Scarlett House in Heritage Square is Rancho Ventavo Cellars, offering a stimulating mix of aromas, flavors, and historic ambiance Friday through Sunday. Traveling with lots of friends? The cellar is also open by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

Two other spots worth stopping at on the Oxnard Wine Trail are the award-winning Magnavino Cellars and Strey Cellars. Magnavino uses new technology to develop rich Old World wines, and Strey Cellars like to stray from the norm with edgier varietals. 

After sipping some sunshine in a glass, make sure to stop by Port Hueneme Beach Park to soak up some rays and gaze out upon the Pacific Ocean. It’s a peaceful place for strolling along the sand and watching the sunset as the waves roll in.

📷 : @magnavino_cellars

Ventura

Wine lovers visiting Ventura should definitely head to Off Market Street, a trendy industrial area with outstanding wineries all within walking distance of each other. Foodies rejoice! Four Brix Winery and Plan B Wine Cellars specialize in pairing their unique wines with dishes like wood-fired pizza, full-bodied cheeses, and decadent winemaker dinners.

Wine and beach lovers can get the best of both worlds by sipping and savoring at Ventura Harbor Village. Keep the wine and good vibes flowing at Water’s Edge Restaurant and Bar with a little chardonnay, charcuterie, and seafood as you watch boats cruise along the gleaming water in the harbor.

Paradise Pantry in Downtown Ventura takes wine and cheese pairings to the next level with their super Instagramable creations. Snap some pics to post and have tons of fun sipping and people-watching along Main Street. This sip-worthy spot is walking distance from hotels and dozens of cute boutiques and restaurants.

Read this blog to learn more about the art of wine tasting in Ventura.

📷 : @fourbrixwine

Transportation and tours

Sip safely! Check out the Ventura County wine scene with wine experts from Explore Wines. Their Ventura Counties Wine tour will take you to three wineries. They even offer a tour with a level 3 sommelier. Or let Ventura County Limousine Wine Tours customize a trip for you to surrounding wine regions. If you’re planning a group event, they can accommodate services and bus transfers anywhere in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Counties and beyond.

📷 : @explorewinestour

Plan Your Trip

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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