Tucked away in the mountains of Malibu is a little oasis called Malibu Wines. I went with some friends from November Project this weekend, and it was incredible. It’s a bit of a drive from LA, but definitely worth the trip.
The aesthetic is really lovely. There’s a lot of tables with umbrellas, a grassy area for picnicking, and a stage that held live musicians. It’s basically a beer garden, but for wine.
I expected it to be more wine tasting than wine drinking. I’m sure you could go there and making more of a wine tasting afternoon if you wanted! But for us, it meant sitting around a table eating snacks and drinking various bottles of wine we bought one at a time, trading stories and laughing hysterically and listening to the various live musicians (some better than others) and taking full advantage of my friend Joel’s portrait mode.
It was perfect.
The great thing about Malibu Wines is that you can bring in whatever snacks you want. You’re not allowed to bring alcohol (and there is a security check) but you can easily bring a box of crackers or a whole picnic. There was an Italian food truck on the premises. I didn’t buy the $10 Italian wine ice because I thought it was wildly expensive, but it sounded really good. They seemed to have a big wine selection. I do know their cheapest bottle is $28 because that’s the one we bought.
We did have a bit of trouble with parking when we first got there. Basically, Malibu Wines is split into two sections: the Malibu Wines area, which is where we had our picnic, and the Wine Safaris, which is a tour that yes, involves animals. You park in the same parking lot for both, and then take a short shuttle ride (literally three minutes or less) to the picnic area. It wasn’t a big deal, but it would’ve saved us about 15 minutes of driving around looking for the entrance had we known.
Malibu Wines is located at 31740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265. It’s open 11 AM – 7 PM Monday through Thursday, 11 AM – 9 PM on Fridays, and 10 AM – 9 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
As a bonus, when we were driving back to LA, we spotted the Bachelor Mansion on the side of the road. I never expected it to be so close to the freeway!