Bunch of GrapesWhat’s better than going on holiday?  Going on a holiday that involves lots of wine!  Whether you are the professional type who swills and spits or, like me can’t stand the thought of wasting something so beautiful and swallows it, there are lots of different experience to be had.

We are all familiar with the famous regions of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia, but are we missing something?  Why not try one of these more unusual ideas.

What about the ultimate in luxury, a chauffer driven tour of the Margaret River in a 1955 Bentley.  Western Australia is one of the New World’s latest producers, it may be a relatively small producer, but its 80 small boutique wineries have landed themselves a whole host of awards for both cabernets and chardonnays.

The Bentley adds a sense of grandeur to your wine tasting experience, and if you’re like me, you won’t have to worry about spitting out your wine because you’ll have a chauffer to take you back to your hotel.

Luxury and budget trips for wine lovers

Don’t like to waste a drop, why stop there; try using the pips and skins too.  Remember how Cleopatra bathed in ass’s milk, well the Spa Hotel Marques de Riscal in the heart of Rioja country in Spain offers treatments based on grape extract.  Or, why not head for the Buon Gusto festival in Gessopalena, Abruzzo, Italy.

This area is not only famous for its earthy Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, but some of the award winning cheeses dipped and matured in grape must, very, very tasty!

We all know that you shouldn’t drink and drive, but what about taking to ‘Route de Cidre’, a 25 mile bicycle circuit through the heart of the Pay D’Auge in Normandy.  Wobble your way past orchards, villages, and ample places to rest and enjoy ‘Cru de Cambremer’ a local bitter cider, Calvados or Pommeau an Aperitif.

Does your homemade wine taste like battery acid?  Then visit the Montana Brancott winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, where they offer a five day course on viniculture, you also get to sample some of their most delicious vintages.

If you are interested in wine you know that conditions need to be ideal to produce something good, soil, precipitation and sunshine are paramount but ….. British born businessman and former managing Director of Shell, Allan Walkden –Davis has planted award winning vines of Shiraz and Merlot on the edge of the Namib Dessert in Namibia, an area which receives hardly any rain at all.

What to go on holiday but short on cash, why not volunteer on an estate at harvest time.  This used to be just one of those things that students did, but now all kinds of visitors have cottoned on to the fact that you can have free board and lodgings whist enjoying the sunshine and picking grapes.

Vineyard - trips for wine lovers


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