FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Hearst Castle and Wine FAQs page for more information about our group Hearst Castle & Wine Tour
- Central Coast Hearst Castle & Wine Tour FAQs page for more information about our group public 3-day Central Coast Hearst Castle & Wine Tour
- Private Tours, Transportation & Charters FAQs page for more information about our custom private and charter tours
Which wineries will we visit?
There is no set schedule of wineries. We like to customize each tour to take advantage of the best winery experiences available on that day.
Typically, our tours visit boutique, small production wineries on Paso Robles west side.
When possible, we like to incorporate the wine styles that Paso Robles is best known for and typically visit at least one winery that specializes in Bordeaux varietals (ie Cab Sauv) and one that specializes in Rhone varietals (ie GSM, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, etc).
We always finish our tour in Tin City, which is Paso Robles’ hippest tasting destination and boasts over 20 excellent wineries, a brewery, cider house, distillery and more – so there’s guaranteed to be something everyone will enjoy!
Paso Robles is such a diverse wine growing region with 200+ excellent wineries to choose from, so there is no reason to put on a canned wine tour!
May we pick the wineries?
If your group occupies the whole vehicle, we are happy to take you to the wineries of your choice, as long as those wineries permit us to visit that day.
If you are sharing the bus with others, we will take responsibility for planning the best tour day possible for the entire group.
We are careful to avoid taking people to places they may have already visited, so be sure to let us know if this is the case.
How do you determine which wineries would be best for our group?
- Smaller, non-touristy locations
- Excellent wines, moderately priced
- Warm & friendly service
- Extra perks & experiences available (cave tours, barrel-tasting, wine-maker available, etc.)
- We try our best not to visit wineries whose tasting fees exceed $20 per person, though this is not always possible.
How long will we spend at each winery?
No set time. Some winery experiences take longer than others.
The average is about an hour at each winery. We’ll spend a little longer at whichever of the wineries we use for our picnic lunch.
If we drive in to meet the tour, won’t we be too tipsy to drive at the end of the day?
Maybe! California has a strict DUI policy. After a day of wine tasting it is likely you will not legally be able to drive.
It takes the average person approximately 1 hour to metabolize one alcoholic beverage.
Even with tasting sizes being smaller than a glass, they add up quickly!
We advise people who drive in for the day to arrange other transportation home, or better yet, to stay at a local inn or B&B.
Check out our recommended Places to Stay.
Can we get to one of your pick-up locations by public transit?
This can be challenging, but possible.
If you’re staying locally, we highly recommend using Uber. If it’s your first time, click here to sign up and get a discount on your first ride, or use this code for a discount: h4d4co.
If you’re in San Miguel, Templeton, Atascadero or Santa Margarita, you can check out the schedules for the RTA & Paso Express.
If you’re coming in from further afield, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight will bring you directly to downtown Paso Robles.
What will you serve for the picnic lunch included in the Toast Together Tour?
Whatever you order! Upon confirming your booking, you will select your lunch options for the day. Be sure to mention if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make certain they are accommodated.
If no lunch options are selected, the default option will be the ‘Vegetarian Wrap’ option.
What’s on the free cheese platter?
Usually three or four savory cheeses. Some of our favorites are Havarti, Gouda, English Cheddar, mild Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese and Brie.
Also on the platter is an assortment of crackers.
Any beverages provided?
Yes. Chilled, bottled water is served on the bus and also with the picnic lunch.
May we drink alcohol on the bus?
Yes, if enjoyed responsibly.
However, please keep in mind that tasting rooms can refuse to serve intoxicated guests (even if you do have a driver), and that wouldn’t be a lot of fun!
Additionally, if a guest does become too intoxicated, they may need to be removed from the tour early, at their own expense.
Ultimately, we want to ensure that each tour is successful, with all the guests having a great experience!
May we have wine with our picnic lunch?
Yes. Most wineries will provide the option of purchasing wine by the bottle or glass to enjoy with your meal.
Will you add any taxes or fuel fees to our tour price?
No taxes and no additional fees. The price you see is the price you pay.
Are wine tasting fees included?
No. You should expect to pay tasting fees at the wineries.
These fees are charged by the wineries, compensating them for the wines they pour for guests, and typically run about $10 – $20 per person, per winery.
Most wineries will waive these fees with wine purchase or wine club signup.
Many tour companies who include tasting fees are limiting themselves to wineries that either already do not charge a tasting fee, or which have very small tasting fees already.
To be sure, many of these wineries are excellent and wonderful stops, however we do not want to be limited to the wineries we can visit and want to be able to provide you with the best day and experience possible.
What are wine tasting fees?
These are fees charged by the winery compensating them for the wine they pour guests.
Wineries are in the business of selling their wine, not tastings – so if you find a wine or winery you like, we strongly encourage you to buy some bottles or join their wine-club!
Not only will you be supporting a local business, but most of the wineries are small, boutique wineries that don’t distribute their wines and only offer them for sale directly through their tasting room. So this is your only chance to bring them home to enjoy later.
Are these fees ever waived?
Yes. Most of the wineries on our tours will waive tasting fees for those guests who purchase their wine or join their wine club. It’s not always the case, so be sure and ask at each winery.
May I share a tasting?
Yes. Almost any of the wineries we visit will allow our guests to share a tasting.
Am I required to taste at all of the wineries?
You are not required to taste at the wineries, and you will not be required to pay tasting fees for wineries at which you do not taste. There are a couple of wineries that are exceptions to this rule, so if this is your intention, be sure to ask your guide.
If I buy wine, can I store it on the vehicle?
Yes! Our vehicle has plenty of safe storage space for holding your wine and other purchases.
I don’t live locally – can I get my wine purchases home safely?
Yes! We sell insulated, styrofoam padded wine shipping boxes that hold a case (12 bottles) of wine and can be safely checked on the airplane as a checked bag.
For individual bottles, we sell padded Wine Skins to safely store your wine bottles in your checked baggage during travel.
*Please check with your airline for specific baggage requirements and restrictions.
Are your tours dog friendly?
We love dogs, but unfortunately, can’t allow them on our shared group tours, unless it is a service animal.
We do welcome well-behaved dogs on our private tours, and are happy to work with you to build your perfect dog-friendly wine country day.
Check out our Private Tour FAQ to learn more about bringing your pooch out on tour!
Is Driver Gratuity included in the Tour Cost?
For parties of fewer than 5 guests, gratuity for your Tour Guide is not included on our group tours.
Gratuities are based on your guides’ performance and are greatly appreciated. For a good performance, it is standard to give a 15-20% gratuity.
For parties of 5 or more on our group tours, an 18% gratuity will be added to your tour price.
What is your cancellation policy?
For our Toast Together group tour a full refund will be given for cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Any cancellations with less than 48-hours notice will not be entitled to any refunds.
Are children allowed on the tour?
This tour is tailored for adults (21+) and is entirely focused around enjoying and consuming delicious alcoholic beverages.
A fun day to be sure, but not so much for the little ones.
If you’d like to bring your child on a tour with you, please check out our Hearst Castle & Wine tour, or you may book a Private Group Tour.
Lost or Stolen Items?
Toast Tours is not responsible for any items lost or stolen on our tour or in the wineries.
Please take care to collect all of your belongings when you leave, including any wine or merchandise purchased throughout the day.
Any items left behind which are found can be returned to the guests at their request and expense.
Are you fully licensed and insured?
Yes. We are registered, regulated, and licensed by the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
The CPUC requires insurance and vehicle inspections as a condition of licensing.
Our license # is TCP38039A.