Wine adventures can be an amazing way to see the world; so many vineyards are not only beautiful themselves, but located in some of the most gorgeous places on earth. The best way to make sure you are getting the most out of your wine adventure is to plan your itinerary ahead of time.
Planning a Wine Adventure
If there is a certain wine you love, make that winery a priority, and fill in a few stops around it. Maybe there is a certain region you want to visit, and you’d like to tour many vineyards in that area. Or maybe you are feeling adventurous enough to use wine-tasting as an excuse to travel to a different part of the world. Decide on your stops before you arrive in wine country.
Curating your own trip is almost always going to be a better option than signing up for a prearranged tour. Many tours include stops at some at the biggest wineries in the region, meaning grounds crowded with tourists and tour buses.
Prioritize wineries that require reservations. These wineries limit the number of people who can visit each day, keeping their grounds serene and intimate. Another way to beat the crowds is to explore some lesser-known wine regions.
In the US, this includes places like Willamette Valley in Oregon or the Finger Lakes in New York. If you want to go a bit further, consider the Loire Valley in France or Casablanca Valley in Chile. The wines of Chile are among the most palate-pleasing in the world. Luckily, you can get it closer to home, but seeing where it is lovingly made… it’s incredible.
If a winery offers a tour, take it! Not only will it be breathtakingly beautiful, you will also have the opportunity to learn and the wine and history of the vineyard from the people who love it most. Ask questions and engage, and be sure to give yourself enough time to fully experience each winery!
Plan for at least an hour per vineyard, and don’t try to fit too many in one day. You want to feel relaxed and at ease for every stop along your wine adventures, and rushing to fill a crowded itinerary will add unnecessary stress to an otherwise blissful vacation.