Top wine tours and vacations
Wine tasting vacations are one of the best ways to celebrate two of life’s finest things: beautiful places and wine!
With interest in specialty vacations up 30% according to some travel agencies, there’s never been a better time to plan your getaway on a fabulous wine tour in the UK or abroad.
From wine tasting in Kent to Bordeaux, there is an array of brilliant wine tasting destinations near and far.
Most wine tasting vacations combine the best of food, cultural sights, and activities, so you can rest assured that you’ll return home after enjoying more than a glass of drink or two.
Wine tours aren’t just limited to wine tours and hearing about the production process. In fact, some of the best wine tasting vacations around today allow you to meet famous experts, such as Susy Atkins, James Martin, and Tom Parker-Bowles, so you can hear all of their tips and tricks for choosing the best wine during. as you explore breathtaking places.
Other vineyard tours can be enjoyed along the water as you cruise along picturesque rivers, from the RhÃ´ne to the Douro.
To celebrate the wine holidays, we’ve selected a few of our favorite destinations where you can enjoy top-notch drinks. Here’s where to go for a wine tasting trip …
1. Kent, United Kingdom
English wines are increasingly popular, with around 3.15 million bottles produced each year at nearly 450 wineries. The best are found in the vineyards of Kent and Sussex and include Hush Heath Estate in Tonbridge, with its sparkling wine, the official wine of the London 2012 Olympics, and Chapel Down in Tenterden, famous for its Bacchus.
You can taste excellent wines in Kent in the company of TV wine expert Susy Atkins as she joins you for a tasting at Mount Vineyard in Shoreham. Susy will share her knowledge of English wines and teach you how to choose the best on the June 2021 Kent Wine Tasting Tour.
2. Champagne, France
The wine from this French region is so famous that the name instantly produces images of sparkling bubbles. Champagne is legendary for its fine sparkling wines, with major producers such as MoÃ«t & Chandon, Bollinger or Taittinger.
There are other reasons to visit the picturesque region, however, including the beautiful medieval French town of Reims, where you can visit one of the most breathtaking cathedrals in France.
BROWSE THE HOTELS IN CHAMPAGNE
2. Douro Valley, Portugal
Taking you from Porto to Spain, the vineyard-lined stretch of the valley around Barca de Alva offers an unforgettable river cruise through the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley.
Wines produced in the region include clear burgundy and rich Burgundy-style reds, and you’ll love discovering the pretty towns and villages along the way, like Favaios, known for its sweet Muscat.
JOIN AN EIGHT DAY CRUISE ON THE DOURO
3. RhÃ´ne, France
Winding through south-eastern France, a wine tasting tour on the Rhone is where you can experience the world’s most famous wine region – Burgundy. It’s also beautiful, with breathtaking vineyards and cities like Avignon and Lyon to explore.
Along the banks of the RhÃ´ne lie pretty villages that produce sublime wines including Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Gevrey-Chambertin, while the medieval town of Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy. You can enjoy the best of the RhÃ´ne and sip wine with Michel Roux Jr and Tom Parker-Bowles on an exclusive river cruise in April 2021.
4. Franschhoek, South Africa
South Africa’s Franschhoek wine valley is a must visit for wine lovers, the town it is named after is home to galleries, shops and excellent restaurants. You will discover exceptional landscapes and many hiking trails in the mountains.
The Franschhoek wineries offer unique experiences where wine tastings are often combined with tastings of handmade chocolates or cheeses, such as at the Franschhoek Cellars winery. You will be seriously impressed by the scenery and the climate is wonderful most of the year.
FIND HOTELS IN FRANSCHHOEK
5. Bordeaux, France
With its enchanting castles, delicious wines and mesmerizing landscapes, Bordeaux is a great place for a wine holiday – and you can get there by train. Here you can try Premier Cru Bordeaux, sip wine while tasting oysters the region is famous for, and take incredible tours to places like Saint-Emilion, Blaye and Pauillac.
You can join celebrity chef James Martin and oenologist Susy Atkins on the ultimate Bordeax wine tasting tour, where you’ll taste oysters with James, taste the best wines with Susy, and meet TV stars. during a unique river cruise.
6. Guadalupe Valley, Mexico
Popular for its rustic charm and farms serving fresh, local produce, the Baja California wine-tasting region is enjoying a growing reputation among wine-loving travelers.
The varieties grown here tend to be from southern Europe and include Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Vermentino, and Viognier. Its main town, Ensenada, also hosts annual wine tasting festivals, with live music and plenty to eat and drink.
BROWSE THE HOTELS OF THE GUADELOUPE VALLEY
7. Piedmont, Italy
On the border of France and Switzerland, the Piedmont region is the perfect place to taste epic Italian red wines, with Barolo and Barbaresco being considered the best in the world.
They come from grapes grown in the hilly Langhe region near Turin. It has a long history of viticulture and the wines here use traditional grape varieties.
TRY AN 8 DAY WALKING AND WINE TASTING STAY
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