We used Paul at Appellation thru a recommendation from the concierge at the Ojai Valley Inn. He called and planned our whole itinerary based upon our conversation.... what an amazing and unforgettable day! We met and tasted with two different winemakers and toured their vineyards. He thought of every detail and provided us with a fantastic lunch too. 5 STARS doesn't do justice!
Mark G. Chef, L.A.
What People Say
Appellation Wine Tours was the highlight of our trip to Santa Barbara. He was recommended by the front desk at our hotel and the experience couldn't have been more memorable. He took care of everything! We did a private barrel tasting and met the winery owners. We tasted and bought some out of this world wines! I highly recommend that you utilize Paul if you are wine tasting in Santa Barbara.
Dan B. Sedona, Az.
Incredible day out in the vineyards! Best Anniversary present ever! How romantic...we told Paul that we loved Champagne so he arranged for multiple private tastings with the owners of different wineries who specialized in sparkling wines. He also curated a special picnic lunch with incredible cheeses. This was absolutely the BEST!
Sophia & Ken, Chicago, Ill.
Unlike most wine tour companies that have a staff of guides, Appellation tours are led exclusively by the owner and certified Sommelier Paul Tilson.
Paul has over 20 years of experience in the wine industry, including as Wine Educator & Senior Wine & Cuisine Manager for Meadowood Napa Valley, Restaurant & Wine Director at the The Ojai Valley Inn and Food & Beverage Director at The Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. His knowledge, experience, passion, and relationships are unparalleled in the Ojai and Santa Barbara region.
Paul introduces his guests not only to the amazing wines and beautiful wineries of the region but also to the dynamic and passionate individuals who produce them. Crowded tasting rooms are bypassed, for tastings in vineyards, production facilities or private estates. Public tasting rooms can be visited by request if guests are interested in specific larger wineries.
Paul will work with you to tailor the perfect adventure, whether you are experienced connoisseurs or new wine enthusiasts. Let Paul be your guide for an unforgettable viticultural experience when you visit our eclectic, world-class appellations.
Just a Few Vineyards We Visit