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Set on 1000 acres high up in the Malibu mountains, there is a magical place where you can pet animals and then get the best taste on wine grown from grapes right on the property. Words can’t describe just how much I loved and grateful for this whole experience. On Thursday afternoon, I went to this place with a bunch of LA bloggers.
There is an office is like a small wooden house and inside is decorated as if we were in the “wild west”. The lady at the desk was so nice, easy going and fun to talk to. We signed in, were given wristbands that matched our truck. There is a small gift shop inside with snacks and cute giraffe hats. Then we loaded on the van and began the tour with pretty friendly tour guides.
The safari jeep seat three in a row. The driver and the lady who supposed to guide us gave us a really fun ride and drive like and felt like we are really on an adventure out in the wild. While you explore, it really seems like you’re in a very rich area with beautiful grass, trees, ponds, animals, and houses. People also have their weddings here, so if anyone is thinking about getting hitched soon, you should go check it out! It’s beautiful!
The first stop we took was my favorite part! We got to feed the animals! Malibu wine safari provided the carrots for us to give to the animals. There were llamas, a pony, alpacas, zebras, water buffalo, horses and baby horses! The ladies informed us, especially how to feed the animals too for our own safety! It’s obvious that these animals are being treated with so much love and are being taken really good care of! Sadly, we didn’t get to see the giraffe up close because he was sick when we went, but we were able to see him from afar.
And then we moved on to the first 3 tastings are of the white variety and they will be waiting for you as you finish up giving carrots to adorable large animals such as African Yaks and Asian Musk Oxen, horses and mules and zebras, alpacas and horses. In the shade of beautiful trees, a stand is waiting for the benevolent and guests that can’t wait to taste the wines.
Stop 1 – Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, and Rose
The first white wine, a Sauvignon Blanc is the best one and probably my favorite. The second one, as well, is also my favorite. However, even though it’s pretty to look at the taste of Rose is not my favorite.
After we done with our first stop, we moved on to our next stop. Then there is Stanley–the famous giraffe in the Toys R Us commercials and were given ample time to feed him lettuce and take photos with him. Feeding Stanleythe giraffe was, of course, the highlight of this experience. He is seriously very adorable.
After driving up and down some hills filled with grape vines and artwork, the tour makes a last stop atop a beautiful hill overlooking the Malibu canyons. This beautiful vista point is made more beautiful with more wine.
Stop 2 – Melange, Zin, and Cabernet
The Melange is a blend of 4 red wines which makes sense since melange means blend. Goes down easy and isn’t that bitter with a hint of Chianti like acidity. The second one, Zin, wasn’t that good but the third one was an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Some tips before you go:
- I highly recommend even more to bring a large bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses.
- Wear comfortable shoes
- There are several packages you can choose from and read them all very closely. Some allow you to stop at Stanley the giraffe’s enclosure to feed and take photos with him, others do not. It seems from the many reviews below that several folks didn’t realize that when booking. There are many stops along the way that you may or may not stop depending on your package.