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Meet Stanley at the Malibu Wine Safari!

Looking for an experience to make your visit to Conejo Valley more memorable? Look no further than the Malibu Wine Safari, which takes visitors on a wine tasting adventure through the thousand-acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard.

The wine may be great, but the company is even better. Saddlerock Ranch happens to be home to a number of retired animal celebrities who starred in countless Hollywood films, and now they are living the good life as visitors spoil them with attention.

One of the most popular animals on the safari is Stanley the Giraffe. This famous, friendly fellow loves to eat, take photos with new friends and get lots of good petting from visitors. When you book your safari tour, make sure you select the Giraffe Tour or the Vineyard & Lunch Tour – these are the two options that will bring you up close and personal with him.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when meeting Stanley:

  • Make a funny face in photos. Stanley likes people with personality!
  • If you don’t like animal kisses, keep your distance. Stanley’s giraffe tongue is big enough to lick his, or your, whole face.
  • Snacking is Stanley’s favorite activity, so if the guides allow you to feed him, make sure you have some giraffe-friendly snacks in your pocket!
  • Always, always give him some petting, or his feelings might get hurt.
  • Remember to be gentle and respectful of Stanley and all his celebrity pals!

Want more Stanley? Follow his antics on Instagram, and be sure to read up on Saddlerock Ranch and make your reservations before you visit!

Instagrammers Take Conejo Valley

We may be able to tell you the latest restaurant openings, best hiking trails for your skill level and our favorite breweries, but it’s even better when visitors and locals share their own experiences.

Here’s a look at some of the best Instagram posts we’ve seen lately that highlight what we love about Conejo Valley!

This is a great shot of Paramount Ranch by @shooneek. The popular Hollywood filming location makes for a memorable stop (and photo backdrop) during a hike or bike ride on some of the area’s awesome trails.

One of the coolest experiences Conejo Valley has to offer is the Malibu Wine Safari. Taste some the beautiful wines of the Santa Monica Mountains while mingling with exotic animals, who just happen to be retired movie stars! @leesha_danae captured a great shot of our beloved Stanley.

We’ve been obsessed with Five07 Coffee Bar & Eatery since it opened, and for a good reason. Look at these gorgeous drinks from @jcadventurez!

@patriciamizenofficial captures a perfect beer flight from The Dudes’ Brewing Co. in Thousand Oaks. Who else could go for some cold craft brews on a hot day?

There is truly so much to see and do in Conejo Valley! Book your trip today to see another side of Southern California.

Conejo Valley: The Gateway to Wine Country

Definitely not your typical, crowded wine tasting experience, the Conejo Valley wineries will thrill your palate and deliver a tasting adventure yet-to-be-experienced by many! With a welcoming wine trail all its own, check out why Conejo Valley’s wineglass is way more than half full, from Thousand Oaks down to Malibu and everywhere in between.

Start to sip your way through the Conejo Valley Wine trail at NABU Wines. This Conejo Valley gem produces wine with grapes from the local Santa Monica Mountains. Among our favorite varietals are Chardonnay and Syrah from Malibu, but dozens of other choices await.

Next, check out the recently expanded Sunland Vintage tasting room in Thousand Oaks, where Michael and Debby Giovinazzo welcome you to experience wines unique to their family label. What sets Sunland Vintage apart from others? They produce varietals of Old Italy, such as Nebbiolo, Montepulciano and Dolcetto, along with special proprietary blends including Tre Ragazzi, Delicate Princes and The Goddess.

While you’re at Sunland Vintage, enjoy a glass or two from Alma Sol Winery, a family-owned and operated micro-boutique winery that shares a tasting room with Sunland. Bringing together two vital elements needed to craft extraordinary wines –“soul” and “sun”– the winemakers embrace hands-on, artisan winemaking to produce primarily Bourdeaux blends. Alma Sol handpicks their grapes in small lots, respecting the fruit and guiding its natural potential.

Continue your winery exploration with a visit to the newest wine trail stop, DeLiese Cellars. The friendly husband-and-wife winemaking team will happily pour you a few sips of their famous Neveah Cabernet Sauvignon from Malibu (Neveah is “heaven” spelled backwards) or if you prefer white, try their Allure Chardonnay.

Round out your tasting trip with a stop at Aldabella Winery. This tasting room carefully selects wines from local growers, and is a warm and welcoming spot to relax and enjoy a few small bites with friends after a day on the trail.

Looking for more? Drive the canyon and check out the tasting rooms of Malibu (only 10 minutes up the road from Conejo Valley), and experience Cielo Wineyard, SIP Malibu Grapes, and Malibu Rocky Oaks Estates. To make it a real adventure, check out Malibu Wine Safaris, where you can meet a few exotic, four-legged friends out on the wine trail!

Pick up a wine trail map (available at all wineries) and discover the beauty and character of the Conejo Valley wine trail – “The Gateway to Wine Country.”

New tasting room loves local!

Boar Dough Tasting Room in Agoura Hills is a new eatery in Conejo Valley featuring handcrafted flatbreads, salads and other plates made with seasonal ingredients. Guests also enjoy sampling a variety of local and international cheeses and charcuterie. Pairing perfectly with the food are Boar Dough’s selection of local and international wine, beer and cider. The establishment has also quickly become known for its alcohol-free cold-pressed juices, house-made sodas, gourmet coffee and tea, and locally made gelato and chocolates. The tasting room also offers a variety of classes and events as well as a selection of unique wine centric gifts. For more information, visit http://www.boardoughtastingroom.com/.Boar Dough