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10 Things You Need to Know Before Planning a Wine Tasting Tour

by Mark Davis

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There are few things in life more refreshing than luxury wine tours of picturesque wineries offering quality wine. However, if you haven’t been on wine tasting tours before, you need to know a couple of things before you plan one.

There are several wine producing regions around the world. Regardless of whether you are planning wine tours in Argentina, France, or Napa Valley, these tips apply to all regions.

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 first winery tour soon, here are the 10 things you need to mind before you begin planning your trip.


1. Include Old and New Wineries


Have a mix of old and new wineries in your list

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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. 


2. Be Sure of Your Preferences


Take your wine preferences into consideration


Before signing up for a wine tasting tour, take a few minutes to consider your preferences. Planning a tour around a certain type of wine can make the experience more organized and enjoyable for you. For example, if you prefer red wines, be sure to do thorough research and check out wineries that focus on producing them.


3. 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.


4. 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 itself.


5. Plan Your Whole Day


When planning a wine tour, be sure to plan a whole day itenerary

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When you are planning your itinerary, you will probably include multiple stops. Be sure to also plan for the travel time between them. Many wineries also sell gift items or souvenirs, so you may also want to include some extra time for shopping.


6. Take a Designated Driver


If you plan to visit more than one winery a day, you should hire a car service or have a designated driver to ensure a safe return to your hotel. Tours usually include wine tastings and it’s important to note that many wineries serve more than a single tasting per visit. A designated driver can take you around safely, and allow you to fully savor the experience. 


7. Carry an Empty Box


This is a tip that many beginners to wine tours may not know about. Chances are, you may want to take home a few bottles of the wines you taste while exploring the wineries. So, take an empty box (or two) with you to help store the bottles safely in the car. This prevents them from rolling over and possibly breaking during your ride home.


8. Don’t Visit More Than 3 or 4 Wineries a Day


It's best to visit 2-3 wineries per day to get the full experience

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Even if you plan to spend a whole day touring wineries, make sure you don’t have more than 3 or 4 wineries on your itinerary. You should spend enough time at each of the wineries to enjoy the tours to the fullest.


9. Make the Most of Your Trip


Indulge in the experience


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.


10. 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!


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