Who doesn’t love a good wine tour? Hop on a bus, jump in a jeep, slide in an SUV, or lounge in limo, and take off for a day of tasting, sampling, swishing and spitting – all the while, not having to worry about who’s driving home! A wine tour is both a relaxing and cultural experience, because every region has their own wine sipping traditions. We offer a wide variety of winery tour options from some of the best vineyards on the planet. Whether you’re visiting Napa, California, Frascati, Italy, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, or anywhere in between, there’s a probably a nearby tour you can join. So eat a hearty breakfast, throw on some comfortable shoes, and take part in the fun. We’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of it.
Listen to your Sommelier(s)
Every winery you visit will have a knowledgeable steward, sharing information about their establishment and/or the wines you’ll be tasting. This might seem obvious, but you should actually listen to him or her. You’re guaranteed to learn something new, and it’ll make the experience even more memorable. Sure, you might already know everything when it comes to balance, body and brix, but there’s a reason they do this for a living. Since you’ll be tasting their wines, you might as well hear what fun things they have to say about it. Each sip is sweeter once you’ve been educated about it.
Sip, Sip, Sip, Spit
Rule of thumb: the first sip cleans the palate, and the second sip is when you savor the flavor. Whether you like it or not, try giving it a third sip. Every bottle has a different character, so let your taste buds warm up to each variety. If you really don’t like it, you can always (gracefully) spit it back into your glass and drop the rest in the spit bucket.
A quality wine tour visits at least three to four vineyards or wineries. Even though you’re only downing a few samples here and there, they add up – especially if you’re a lightweight! Take full advantage of the spit bucket, and even if you hold your water like a camel, you’ll arguably get the most enjoyment out of the tour by taking it easy. After all, it’s not a pub crawl. Savor each sip, and let them take you on a serene ride through all the grape-y goodness.