Taking wine tours to new heights.
Calling all adrenaline junkies with a penchant for fine wines! Margarita Adventures’ “zip and sip” experience might just be your new favorite weekend activity. You’ll get the rush of soaring above Pinot Noir vines with breathtaking views of the Santa Margarita, then you’ll get to mull over the experience upon landing at Ancient Peaks Winery on Highway 58.
If there has ever been a perfect way to spend fall, then this is it: flying over the wine country and wandering the grounds of these beautiful grounds as the leaves turn every shade of orange, red and brown while warming up with a gorgeous vintage. Each zipline tour is around two hours long and is comprised of six different routes—The Double Barrel, The Renegade, The Woodlander, The Hilltopper, The Archway, The Pinot Express and The Suspension Bridge.
Every “ride” comes with its own unique vistas and sets of thrills, the most notable of the six is probably The Pinot Express. It features a mindblowing 1,800-foot descent that sends you flying over the lush lands and into a replica old California mining camp constructed by The Redwood Kings. Having been crowned the highest, fastest and longest of the ziplines in the region, there’ll be ample time to capture the classic shot of your legs dangling above the greenery.
When you make it to The Double Barrel (where you get to enjoy the experience with an S/O), you’ll spend some time on your feet as you make your way over a deep canyon via a narrow 300-feet suspension bridge. Needless to say, you’ll have no problem finding your pulse after this stretch of the journey.
Once you have your feet firmly on the ground again, you’ll be taken on a guided tour through the historic Santa Margarita Ranch where you’ll get acquainted with the grapes. You’ll also learn more about its illustrious cultural past, from the original Native American that inhabited the 14,000 acres of fertile land, to the Spanish padres, Mexican generals and roving bandits.
There’s also an abundance of wild residents that you may swoop past on your adventure, so as terrifying as it might be, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled.
Prices are $109 on weekdays and $119 on weekends, with everything included.
Location: 22719 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA 93453
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