Tour company offers the biggest thrill in wine country
—The adults say it’s fun, the kids call it cool and everyone agrees that it’s an unforgettable experience—welcome to Margarita Adventures zipline canopy tours, the biggest thrill in wine country.
Located on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the full zipline course includes six distinct ziplines, and optional wine tasting, spanning more than 7,500 combined feet. During the tour you see forests, canyons and wide-open views of vineyards and mountains. There is the 1,300-foot Renegade which soars over a valley with breathtaking 360-degree views. The Woodlander glides along the top of native blue and white oaks. The Hilltopper begins with a running start and concludes on a hilltop vista, while the Archway sends guests through a natural archway of companion oaks. The Pinot Express travels 1,800 feet over a Pinot Noir vineyard, and the recently added Double Barrel kicks everything off with the most stunning ride of all. The ranch, Margarita Adventures and Ancient Peaks Winery are owned by the Filipponi, Rossi, and Wittstrom families.
Margarita Adventures tours also includes guided insights into Santa Margarita Ranch, which was established by Franciscan missionaries as an Asistencia, or assistance mission, in the late 1700s. The tours touch on the ranch’s sustainable ranching and winegrowing practices, as well as its diverse wildlife and remarkable geology, which includes fields of ancient oyster fossils.
Tours conclude with an optional wine tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, which specializes in artisan wines grown on the ranch’s estate Margarita Vineyard. Tour guests receive 15 percent off wine purchases, and the tasting fee is waived with a purchase of one bottle or more. Why not try one of their amazing charcuterie plates at the Ancient Peaks Cafe paired perfectly with a bottle of 2013 Renegade which is composed of Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
For more information about tour times and for directions, call (805) 438-3120 or visit www.margarita-adventures.com