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Things You Need to Know Before Planning a Wine Tasting Tour

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There are few things in life more refreshing than going on a wine tour, vising the picturesque wineries, and tasting quality wines.

However, planning a wine holiday can be time-consuming and may present quite a few challenges.

Taking vineyard tours is one of the best ways to learn about wine. During a wine tour, you can have engaging conversations about wines with the growers and producers. The things that you learn during the trip can make your wine-focused getaway even more interesting.

Winery tours are all the rage at the moment. And with the concept of wine tasting spreading rapidly around the world, new wineries are sprouting up all over the globe.

If you love wine and are interested in going on your wine tour soon, here are some things you need to mind before you begin planning your trip.


Choose the Wine Area You Want to Visit

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There are several famous wine producing regions around the world. Regardless of whether you are planning wine tours in Argentina, France, or Napa Valley, the first thing to do is to choose which wine area you want to focus on.

This may depend on your preferences – if you know them already. Planning a tour around a certain type of wine can make the experience more organized and enjoyable for you.

On the other hand, if you aren’t sure which wines you prefer, visit an area that produces a variety of wines and choose 2-3 wineries to explore.

Also, you should take into account the proximity to airports and/or train stations, as well as the transportation option (car rental, designated drive, public transportation).


Consider the Time of Year 


The time of year is definitely an important factor to keep in mind while planning winery tours.

Summer and fall are the busiest seasons in many locations. If you are planning a trip during a peak or harvest season, start your day a little early so that you can avoid the rush.

However, if you are looking for a more private experience, you may want to choose to go during the off-season.


Book in Advance


While you may be tempted to wait for deals to book last minute, a wine tour is not the ideal vacation to try this budget trick on.

Wineries have limited availability and you may end up not finding a spot to taste the wine you’ve had on your bucket list.

Especially if you plan a wine tour during the peak soon, book at least a month or two in advance.


Include Old and New Wineries


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Planning a diverse tour can make your experience with the wineries even more enjoyable.

In addition to visiting the old wineries, plan a trip that includes some of the new ones as well. Although they may not have the long histories of their older counterparts, new wineries can still add a lot to your winery touring experience.

If you’re looking to explore a unique wine destination, Bulgaria may not be an obvious choice, but it’s certainly one worth a visit. 


Don’t Visit More Than 2 or 3 Wineries a Day

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Even if you plan to spend a whole day touring wineries, make sure you don’t have more than 2 or 3 wineries on your itinerary.

You should spend enough time at each of the wineries to enjoy the tours to the fullest. Plus, nowadays, wineries offer real, local experiences that include cooking classes, traditional meals, and other activities.


Rent a Designated Driver


If the person who usually drives on vacations plans to also enjoy the wine tasting, you should hire a car service or have a designated driver to ensure a safe return to your hotel.

You can fully savor the experience without worrying about how you’d return to the accommodation.


Note the Particulars


Take note of the important particulars well in advance about the wineries that you are going to visit.

This covers everything from the tour times, hours of operation, and the costs of the tours and tastings themselves.


Make the Most of Your Trip

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A wine tasting tour should be a memorable experience. Leave no stone unturned to ensure that you make the most of your trip.

Some wineries offer wine and food pairings you may want to include on your itinerary. You may also have the opportunity to enjoy some scrumptious local cuisine with a spectacular view of the vineyards at some locations.


Jot Down the Questions You Want to Ask


One of the best parts of a wine tasting tour is learning more about the process of winemaking. A lot of hard work goes into producing wine. You may have a lot of questions about your favorite wines. Be sure to note them down ahead of time so you don’t forget to ask the important ones!

With proper planning, wine tasting tours can be fun-filled experiences. It’s important to gather as much information as you can before you start packing your bags so you can be sure to make the most out of your wine adventure!


Let the Experts Do the Planning for You


If reading through the tips above sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. That’s where wine holidays come to the rescue. You still need to figure out where you want to go and what types of wine you want to taste, but other than that, all you need to do is book a tour.

The accommodation, meals, winery visits, and tastings are all sorted by the organizer. So all you need to do is show up!


Featured photo credit: Wonderful Italy

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