Fly-In, Fly-Out Wine Tasting in California

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The ideal way to explore one of the state's emerging wine regions is by helicopter.

The 32,000 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, just north of San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast, make up one of the state’s fastest-growing wine regions. How best to keep up? By helicopter, of course.

Book a custom wine-tasting trip with Paso Air Tours in a four-seat Bell 206 JetRanger. (For up to five people, opt for the Airbus A-Star.) Departing from Paso Robles Municipal Airport, tours include access to about 12 of the region’s 200-plus wineries and, in between, showcase the area’s diverse topography— from the cooler, foggier foothills of the 140-mile Santa Lucia Mountain Range to the hot, dry lowlands on its eastern edge.

The distinct microclimates and 30 different soil series yield more than 40 grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne—meaning there’s something for everyone. Halter Ranch Vineyard, Epoch Wines, and Cass Winery are each worth a stop.

From $1,150;