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Wine Trolley returns to Santa Maria Valley

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley has returned to operation for the first time since 2020, offering shuttle services to popular wineries in Orcutt and Santa Maria.

"A lot of our wine industry is small business and they’re locally owned and operated. And we wanted to make sure that our visitors and our local consumers had a way to visit them and support them in a safe and healthy way," said Tourism Director, Jennifer Harrison.

The trolley runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 20 through Oct. 16. It makes stops at Costa de Oro Winery, Amplify Wines, Cottonwood Canyon Winery, and Old Orcutt.

“We’re really excited. COVID hit us pretty hard, so we’re just excited to meet new people and have more business," said Makayla Diez with Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard.

The trolley will also be in service on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Riders can step on and step off at their convenience.

“It’s a great opportunity to show people how diverse the wine offerings in Santa Maria are. You have so many different grape varieties, so many different styles. That really speaks to what an incredible region Santa Barbara County is," said Cameron Porter with Amplify Wines

Cost is $15 per person in advance and $18 per person at the trolley.

“You’re really supporting the community and families when you shop small," said Marlen Porter.

For more information on where to buy tickets, click here.

Evan Vega

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