One can only dream of a life spent travelling the globe tasting different wines. From the vineyards of California to the wine and cheese of France, our planet has a pretty plentiful offering.
Start compiling a bucket list of all the vineyards you want to visit and wines you want to taste. Tick them off once a year or gradually over your whole life. Or maybe go for a whirlwind wine road trip and do them all at once! Here are a few picks of the bunch…
Napa Valley Wine Country Tours
We have got to start with Napa Valley. The globally renowned wine region boasts some of the finest grape-growing we ever did see. Sign on for a full day of wine and good company. You will be driven around the locals’ top picks of wineries and get to taste a fair few glasses yourself. Learn all about Napa Valley wines; how they are made, why certain bottles taste different and the history of the whole region.
The Hermann Wine Trail, Missouri
Go wine sampling through the beautiful Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri. The trail meanders alongside the iconic Mississippi river for around 20 miles, so you can take in the breath-taking scenery as you travel through. You’ll stop at 7 charming family-owned wineries along the way. Be spoilt with hands-on knowledge and local stories from the people you are guaranteed to meet on your trip.
Wine Festival in Bordeaux
Red wine, white wine, sparkling wine. You name it – you can drink the finest samples here. Every September, the Ban des Vendanges de la Jurade de Saint-Emilion takes place. This is actually more of a wine ceremony than a festival. It formally announces and celebrates the start of a grape harvest in a slightly spiritual manner. A cortege of several dozen costumed ‘jurats’ walk through the village to a church service, and then to the 13th Century Tour de Roy, which dominates Saint-Emilion, to proclaim the start of the harvest. Smaller scale events around the occasion. This kind of ceremony happens in various places across France is and truly something you have to experience in person if you are a wine-lover.
Why not just carve your own path through your chosen path of wine? Travel for weeks, years, months and just taste every wine you possibly can. Start with France. Then hop across to Italy. Work your way through Europe and then head across to Central America. Keep a record in your journal of the different tastes and grapes in each location for you to look back on fondly. Who knows, it could even be a bestselling travel guide one day!
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