3. Find the perfect people to join you on your wine tour
Wine tasting experiences are a great moment to relax and just break away from any form of routine, but they also represent a possibility to learn more about the world of wine. Don’t bring along someone who doesn’t like wine (if that is even that possible!), be sure whoever is with you is ready for it.
Put together a group of friends, who love outdoor activities, are ready for spontaneous adventures, and appreciate gastronomy. If you’re traveling with young children, don’t worry about them being bored, many wineries offer activities for kids so parents can have a moment for themselves. For those wine ‘nerds’ that just live for wine, there are so many possibilities for more challenging experiences, such as blind tastings or enology masterclasses.
When we say that everyone can go for wine tasting, we truly mean it because the number of possible experiences is unlimited.
4. Choose the right amount of wineries
Choose the right amount of wineries to book depending on how much time you have or plan to spend doing wine tastings.
Don’t try to tour all the wineries in an appellation, it’s not worth it. For us, the perfect number is 2 or 3 in a day. In this way, you will get to try several versions of a region, sub-region, appellation’s own wine but without the risk of trying too many, getting drunk, and having to rush all day to keep up with your schedule.
5. Book in advance
Many wineries around the world are family-owned and run, so they might need to arrange their tours depending on who’s available to have guided tours and wine tastings. Our advice is to plan your trips to wineries a little bit ahead of time, or if you decide to visit at the last minute, give them a call to be sure they have experiences available.
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6. Always plan ahead who’s going to be the driver
Transportation is one of the most important steps to arrange when you are planning your wine tour. Since you are going to travel in rural areas, it is always better to have a private car and not to rely on public transport.
Don’t drink and drive! A great solution could be to book a local guide or personal driver ahead of time who does the driving for you! Alternatively, in most cases, you can contact wineries you are going to visit to provide transfer for you and your travel companions.
7 . Think about your favourite style of wine and then look for something completely different
You’ll be amazed by what you will taste!
We know you can never go wrong when drinking the wine you like, but always playing it safe will keep you from discovering new amazing styles. Check out the number one style in the wine region or wine appellation you are visiting and get ready to learn everything about it.
8. Look for wineries with a restaurant and get the ultimate wine + food experience.
The pairing between wines and food is an intrinsic part of the local culture and there is no better way to fully understand and take in the essence of a place and why wine is produced in a certain way and food is cooked in a certain way.
9. Check for wineries with an accommodation
Check for wineries with accommodation services or accommodations in the wine region, or appellation, you are visiting. Getting accommodation allows you to spend more days in a certain wine region or wine appellation, which means you can discover even more.
10. Share your experience online or with your friends and family
Feedbacks are an essential part of every business and if you’ve really enjoyed the wine tasting at a certain winery, let them know and let your friends know. With your pictures and sharing your experience with somebody else, you can help a family-run vineyard get the credit they deserve online. Don’t forget to always tag or mention the winery you loved when posting about them on social media, this can help them gain new potential customers.
11. Ask questions to local winemakers that you meet
They’ll be happy to answer you.
We can assure you that nothing makes a winemaker happier and prouder than to tell curious visitors everything about their wines, from the techniques they use, the history and what makes their wine special. Of course, they probably won’t tell you what their secret is, but that’s part of having secrets, right?
12. Look for all the activities you can do in the area you are visiting
When you are around for wine tastings and tours, don’t forget to stop along the way to visit the attractions in the area you are in. A lot of wineries are located close to beautiful historical towns, whose history might be directly related to wine production.