My best friend and I love wine. So much so that we plan events around wine. And when she invited me to Malibu Wines in July, my answer was an immediate yes. We tried to do the Malibu Wines Safari with some friends back in October of 2016, but learned upon arrival that you need to make reservations well in advance to do the safari. Thus, we proceeded to share 7 bottles of wine among 7 girls and it was a total blast hanging out on the Malibu Wines grounds. However, this time around we came prepared to experience the safari. We booked our tickets about a month in advance (which we highly recommend) and were super excited to meet the animals. Check out my video to witness our awesome adventure at Malibu Wines Safari! Read below for four reasons this place is worth visiting when in L.A.
4 Reasons to Visit Malibu Wines Safari:
1. You get to feed the animals.
Unlike a safari in Africa (in more ways than one), these animals are not roaming the wild and are accustomed to interacting with humans. At each stop, the safari guide will give you either carrots or lettuce to feed to the different animals. It makes the experience that much more intimate and the animals really seem to enjoy it too.
2. The property is breathtaking.
It’s no surprise that hundreds of weddings a year take place on the Malibu Wines’ grounds. There are so many picturesque locations throughout the winery, it makes it difficult to take a bad picture here. What makes Malibu Wines unique from most other wineries is that the property is quite hilly. Unlike most wineries where the grapes grow in long rows in fields, you will see the vines here stretching up the sides of hills and down into valleys.
3. Stanley the Giraffe.
Stanley is a local celebrity in Malibu – he starred in the Hangover 3 and was in the music video for Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.” It’s fairly evident that he was raised in captivity because Stanley loves to be around humans. As soon as our jeep drove up, Stanley began walking over, eager for us to feed him. He’s such a sweetie and it’s truly incredible to stand next to one of God’s most unique creations.
4. The Wine.
Last but not least, the wine tasting experience is top notch. I will be honest, I’m no wine expert. All wine is good wine to me, so if you are a sommelier your opinion probably differs from mine. The wine here is plentiful and although it’s just a tasting you can always go back for seconds if you really like a particular wine. The tastings takes place at different locations throughout the safari, my favorite being the stop atop a lookout with views of the entire valley.
We highly recommend you visit Malibu Wines Safari. Comment below your favorite safari animal! Mine is definitely the giraffe.