Where to Sip, Eat and Stay in Malibu Wine Country
California is home to some of the best wine regions in the world, but one emerging area is closer to home than you think. Malibu has more than 50 independent vineyards and several tasting rooms throughout the Santa Monica Mountains and along the coast, where fog laces through in the mornings and sun warms the vines in the afternoons. Some are small, backyard plots, and others are thousand-acre estates.
Although the 30 or so small producers aren't zoned to make wine in the region, they’re taking their grapes up the coast a bit to blend and bottle before bringing them back to Malibu soil. With this industry on the rise, several tasting rooms have popped up where you can sample these special whites and reds, including chardonnay, viognier, muscat, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and grenache. It makes for a lovely afternoon in the hills, or even a few days if you take your time. Here’s how to tour through the growing Malibu wine country.