Santa Clarita is home to some of the best Southern California wines. Spend two days exploring our Southern California wineries, restaurants and wine lounges and you’ll see why!
The trip begins with a fresh breakfast at Marston’s, considered the “Best in California” according to Food Network Magazine. The menu features many classic favorites with a gourmet twist using the freshest, seasonal & most delicious local ingredients. From sweet to savory, everything on the menu is a tasty delight. Plus, the owner & chef is often seen talking to guests, adding that personal touch to the atmosphere.
After breakfast, stop by Whole Foods Market to create a lunch basket from their abundant selection of fresh salads, baguettes and cheeses. With a lush landscape, you’ll want nothing more than to relax and picnic while enjoying your new favorite Southern California wines!
Next up is a visit to Agua Dulce Winery, Los Angeles County’s leading fine wine grower and producer. The 90 acre, fully operational winery and vineyard offers daily wine tasting for a very reasonable price between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. where you can learn about its current wine offerings and taste up to five different wine varieties. It also features tours and wine sales and plays host to a number of special events. Agua Dulce Winery also offers wine making demonstrations if you like to take a more hands-on approach. The master winemakers will show you how to blend different wines and allow you to create your own custom bottle of wine! Call ahead for availability as seating is limited. If you enjoy the offerings at Agua Dulce Winery, be sure to stop by the gift shop to pick up some of your favorites.
A few miles away, your wine tour continues with the incredible wine selection at Le Chene. The restaurant voted “Most Romantic” by the Daily News & LA Magazine boasts a 32,000-bottle wine cellar that holds one of the most extensive collections of wine in Los Angeles County. From the rarest of Californian and French wines, to the best deals on domestic blends, any desire can be met at this Southern Californian restaurant! While the wine is an excellent draw, it pairs nicely with the gourmet food served daily by the restaurant’s gourmet chefs. French classics are served in a beautifully decorated dining area. Have dessert outside, surrounded by the Oak trees that scatter the property. You’ll feel like you dined along the countryside of France, all the while enjoying your visit right here in Southern California.
Also, just a little further down Sierra Highway is Backwoods Inn, a local favorite that has been providing fine food and spirits since 1968. For those looking for the dark steakhouse atmosphere with sawdust on the floor and classic dinner selections like steak and lobster and the delicious double stuffed potato and garlic bread, this is the place for you!
Start the day with breakfast at Vines Restaurant and Bar, located inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Town Center Drive. Awaken to the smell of freshly brewed French press coffee with a menu featuring Bananas Foster French toast, California Benedict and Valencia’s signature Laredo Wrap along with a complimentary smoothie. The chef offers a distinct menu that captures the essence of the season influenced by California cuisine. With Spanish-style architecture, sidewalk dining and a two-sided wood-burning fireplace, Vines has created the perfect ambience to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.
Rejuvenate your mind and body with a dip in the heated outdoor hotel pool. Once you feel a bit more energized, head over to Main Street in Old Town Newhall. The Southern California wine tasting continues once inside the Pulchella Winery Tasting Room. Pulchella Winery focuses on producing very small quantities of hand crafted, ultra-premium wines, guaranteeing your tasting experience is unique and memorable. Producing fewer than 1000 cases a year of Grenache, Syrah, Rhone Blends, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Blends, their wines are kept in their truest form to allow their Paso Robles’s Westside vineyards’ characteristics to shine. No appointment is needed for tasting Thursdays thru Saturdays. The atmosphere of the tasting room is very comfortable, laid back and relaxing. Plus, you are welcome to bring in your own food to pair with the Southern California wines that you’ll sample.
If all that wine has you hungry for dinner, Salt Creek Grille will definitely satisfy. The Santa Clarita restaurant runs great food and drinks specials every weekday and entertains guests with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Grab a drink before dinner in the cozy bar or by the outside fireplace. With an excellent menu and wine selection, you’ll soon see why this is a local favorite.
Hopefully you saved room for dessert because guess what…two more wine lounges are within walking distance! Located on beautiful Town Center Drive in the heart of the city’s urban entertainment complex, the Valencia Wine Company offers a warm and welcoming spot for all wine lovers with a dynamic atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. Valencia Wine Company full-service wine retail shop offers hundreds of selections and the wine bar provides sophisticated Southern California wine choices, among others, by the bottle, glass, or tasting flight, as well as an assortment of exceptional appetizers. The outdoor patio offers the perfect spot for languid afternoons and long evenings and you can usually catch some live entertainment.
Just a couple more steps down Town Center Drive across McBean Parkway is Lee’s Wine Bistro, which offers a nice atmosphere that is dark, loungy, and very comfortable for social get togethers with friends. The bar itself is very modern and chic, but cozy and warm at the same time. Plus, there is a great patio for added ambiance. A slice of chocolate cake pairs nicely with a glass of red wine at Lee’s.