Planning a wine tour can be pricey, and having to choose between renting a car and designating one poor friend as designated driver is stressful. You could try using a ride-share service, but waiting for a car to arrive when you're away from a city, as is the case with most vineyards, isn't exactly ideal. Unbeknownst to us, Uber foresaw this problem and launched UberWINE back in 2015.
The service is currently available in three North American wine regions: Santa Barbara, Napa Valley/Sonoma, and Guadeloupe, Mexico. You and your friends can request a driver who will stay with you all day (between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.), escorting you from one vineyard to the next. You can go wherever you want, and there are no time limits on how long you stay at each destination.
If you're in a region with UberWINE, you'll see it as an option in the app like you would UberX or UberPOOL. There are UberWINE and UberWINEXL cars, depending on the size of your group, and the minimum fare for each is $10.95 and $11.10.
Throughout the day, when you get back into the car (drivers wait at the nearest parking lot), you'll add the next location into the app. Your total fare will be updated every time you add a new destination, and you can get a general upfront fare estimate for the day before riding. As always, you can split the fare with friends through the app.
UberWINE isn't new, but it is growing. The option has been available in some cities as far back as 2015, and is hoping to expand to more regions soon, a spokesperson for Uber said. And while the service used to be available only on weekends, it recently expanded to every day, so if you want to wine tour on a Wednesday, go right ahead.
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