Don’t just Sip: Tips for Planning the Perfect Wine Tour


Hearing the word ‘winery’ can bring a variety of feelings to someone based on their preconceived notions of what they think they can expect at such a place. Depending on the person, terms such as relaxing, insightful, romantic, and informative might be bouncing around in their head. The fact of the matter is that most places where wines are made have something to offer to everyone, even those that aren’t totally in love with wine. Once the lockdown is over, you may all plan to travel to certain innovative places that you’ve not been before. Italy is home to some of the world’s leading wineries offering wine tasting tours for travelers looking to dip their toes in the local culture and cuisine while whetting their palates with delicate and interesting wines. Here are four tips on how to make your wine tour an impactful experience.

1. Reach Early

To really experience any such destination, you have to get to know the people behind it. In this case, the people in the manufacturing can not only tell you all about their wine, they can give you a peak into their lives and the blood, sweat, and tears that they had personally contributed to the business. Getting to know these folks will give you a sentimental connection to the grounds that you will not soon forget.

2. Try things which you’ve not tried before

Even if it is not the type of wine that you are used to, just give it a try. If you want your visit to be exciting and memorable, you have to step out of your comfort zone. Also, different regions specialize in different grapes. Just because you have never heard of a type of grape does not mean that it is not worth trying. You could be blown away by an inexpensive wine that you didn’t even know existed.

3. Curiosity is always the winner

Make this winery trip as personal as possible. Take time before the visit to brainstorm about some wine questions that tickle your fancy. The people you meet on this trip want to help you delve into your taste buds and find something you love. Be prepared to ask questions that will guide them in the right direction. In the end, there are no stupid questions, and the person behind the counter will appreciate your eagerness to learn about their wine.

4. It Is A Tasting Room, Not A Bar.

If you enjoy a certain wine, then buy a bottle of it. Drinking too much wine at the tasting table will not only take away from your experience and dull your senses, but it may also put a damper on everyone that is participating in the tasting with you.

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