WineMaps: #1 App For Planning Your Next Wine Tour 8 comments

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If you are an avid reader of this blog, you know I talk about wine quite often. Where I live in Louisiana, there are 5 or 6 wineries and vineyards within an hour’s drive. They are not highly publicized and their whereabouts can be difficult to locate. But soon I’ll be able to use an interactive website called WineMaps to track these places down complete with a mobile app.



WineMaps, Inc. was started by Ryan Ornelas, a former IT Director in San Francisco, who is now a married SAHD with two boys. The site is still in the beta phase, but will be an awesome reference when it is up and running. You will be able to locate wineries locally and in other parts of the world. That’s right, globally.


“You can find vineyards in Mendocino, discover the wineries in Greece, choose which wine bar to go to in the city, or find an event to crash. With the help of your smart phone, you’ll soon be able to look for the nearest WineMaps locations, check-in to wineries, write reviews (and post them to your social networks), or map out your own, personalized wine tour,” says Ornelas.

What makes WineMaps unique?
GeoLocation (location-aware browsing). Without even knowing who you are or what wines you like, WineMaps can target your basic needs of finding a local winery, vineyard, wine bar or event to plan your next experience. Once you arrive you can be greeted with social promotions designed to enhance your experience.

Beta signup is now open! 

Be one of the first to use the app by signing up here at for WineMaps newsletters and updates.


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8 thoughts on “WineMaps: #1 App For Planning Your Next Wine Tour

  • mocadeaux

    I signed up! This looks very interesting. I love the idea of finding nearby wineries that I perhaps didn't know existed!

  • BeingAWordsmith

    Morgan City? My mother was raised in Batchelor!

    I had a love/hate relationship with Michigan. The snow is pretty to look at, but I hated driving in it. Nothing stops or closes when it snows unless several feet accumulate. Everyone is just expected to adjust and leave for work earlier. There are $3 car washes on every corner because the salt that's put down on the roads can damage your car if it stays on too long. You will definitely need a real coat. A long one. And a hat and gloves. First time I pulled out an umbrella in the snow, I was laughed at! I got used to the cold, but I never got used to the snow. Just the Southern in me, I guess.

    I did have a great job at a charter school in Detroit. I met some awesome people who I am still close to. I was diagnosed with cancer while there. But I was treated and cured at one of the best hospitals in the country for it. Two years later I gave birth to my son at that same hospital. None of those things would have happened had I not lived there.
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  • Mandi Noel

    I've lived in Louisiana most of my life, and I've only heard of one vineyard in the state, and it's outside of New Orleans! Here I am learning that there are several more just one week before I move away! This is such a bummer! Haha

    But I am excited about the app!! In fact, I'm going to download it right now so I don't end up missing out again! I'm moving to Michigan, and there are over 100 vineyards, so this will really help plan my wine trips.

    I've been on wine tours in France before, and it was absolutely wonderful. I'm hoping to go on several more this fall! Thanks for sharing this app!
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      I looked at some more of your blog posts after reading your comment. I'm finding we have so many things in common, Mandi. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge. I lived in Madison Heights, Michigan for 5 years and my husband had to go ahead of me like yours for about 2 months while we sold our house in Indianapolis.

      The wine tours that I did in Michigan were in Traverse City and Buchanan. The WineMaps mobile app is still a prototype. If you sign up for the newsletter at you can get the update on when it goes live.
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    • Mandi Noel

      Wow, that is a lot in common!! I spent the majority of my life in Morgan City, but I have lived in Lafayette for the past six years because I went to undergrad and grad school at UL. How did you like your time in Michigan? I must admit that I am somewhat nervous. I fear the cold! I don't even own a real coat!

      Hahaha I totally realized the app wasn't out yet as soon as I sent the comment because I headed straight to the app store and failed! I did go ahead and sign up for the beta, so thanks for that! I've been planning some things we will do while in Michigan (we will be moving again in February!) so I'll definitely look into some wine tours in those areas!
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      I've always wanted to do the “Sideways” Tour in Santa Barbara that the movie inspired. I have done two wine tours in Michigan. Lots of fun especially with a group of friends. I would love to go to San Francisco. I hear it's beautiful.
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