Beer not for you? Well, you're in luck - Busch Gardens is continuing their successful Wine Bars from their Food & Wine Festival. Go on a tour around the park at your leisure and try some unique Californian, South African, South American and Australian wines. Each shop even has a few craft beers to satisfy everyone in your party.
There are 3 Wine Bars in different Gift Shops around the park.
• Xcursions, near Gwazi Park & the Kangaroos, has South African and Australian wines
• Painted Camel, in Pantopia by Falcon's Fury, offers South American wines
• Nature's Kingdom, near the front of the park by the alligators, lines up some Californian wines.
Each of these 3 locations has at least 8 different wines: whites, reds, blends and maybe even a bubbly if you're lucky. At this time, Busch Gardens is not selling these wines for you to take home by the bottle...but it may change in the not-so-distant future.
Starts at 12pm until usually 1 hour before park close (may vary during special events)
Wine Tasting Tour - $34.95
Enjoy 4 different 1oz. pours in a souvenir wine glass at each of the above mentioned Gift Shop Wine Bars. Plus, at the end of the tour, you get either an additional 4 1oz. pours at your favorite Gift Shop Wine Bar or one 4oz. pour of your favorite wine from any wine bar.
Single Tasting in a Logo Wine Glass - $14.95
Enjoy 4 different 1oz. pours in a souvenir wine glass.
Additional Wine Tasting - $9.95
Four different 1oz. pours using your pre-purchased souvenir glass.
Wine by the Glass - $7.95
One 5oz. pour of your choice in a plastic wine glass.
Wine Souvenir Glass - $14.95
One 5oz. pour of your choice in a souvenir glass.
Wine Refill in Souvenir Glass - $7.95
The Wine Bars were so successful during Busch Garden's Food & Wine festival this year, they decided to continue it indefinitely to see how it would do for the rest of the year. It's expected to run during Howl-O-Scream & Christmastown events this year as well.
Each of the Wine Bars is staffed by a highly knowledgeable Wine Steward to guide you through your tasting tour. This is meant to be a casual and fun learning experience where you take a few minutes to learn about wine and how the ones you are tasting are created. Remember Beer School? Yeah, kinda like that - but smaller scale.
If you don't mind sharing with a friend, we recommend doing so with the Wine Tour - it's a LOT of wine for just one person to enjoy. So splitting the $34.95 two ways is a pretty good deal for the variety and quantity you receive.
We had an absolute blast on our tour and met some great, knowledgeable & super friendly wine stewards - Scott at Nature's Kingdom gets a special shout out! We promise if you like wine, want to expand your wine horizons or are a wine afficianado, you'll enjoy this fun tour that Busch Gardens has put together.