Are you a wine connoisseur looking to expand your horizons or a new-comer to the wine industry and have no clue what makes a ‘good’ wine? Travel to any of these six destinations across the globe to open up your palate to the flavors of the world.
- Florence, Italy
Experience the taste of Chianti, Italy’s famous region for its cheese and wine, led by a private guide as you travel through the hills of Tuscany in a 4×4 off-road vehicle. Take a tour of the wine estate, historic villa, and a cellar that specializes in creating the bottles of Chianti Classico. Taste the finest specialties at each stop and enjoy a 3-course meal in the countryside before returning to Florence. Stay at local favorite the Palazzo Magnani Feroni, a Condé Nast Johansens Award Finalist in Luxury Hotels, Spas and Venues.
- Amalfi, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is Southern Italy’s beloved destination with it’s beautiful beach front properties, scenic coastline, and incredible food and wine. Rated #4 of the top 5 wineries in Southern Italy, Marisa Cuomo, has an authentic taste that is unique to Furore and charm of the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the vineyards of both red and white wines that are cultivated on the Divine Costiera where it has been said that the wine is “filled with the essence of rock and sea, without even the slightest hint of sweetness.” Enjoy your stay in Sorrento, Italy at the luxurious Grand Hotel La Favorita. The Grand Hotel La Favorita not only overlooks the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, but is located in the heart of historic Sorrento and is close to popular destinations such as Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Come experience the best of Italy’s finest!
- Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is the wine region of North America with its world-renowned wine, cuisine and stunning landscapes. It is a bucket list item for any wine lover seeking to expand their horizons of California’s wine country. Experience an intimate tour with a small group of wine-interested travelers as you journey to the hidden wineries of Napa Valley. The Platypus Wine Tour is rated #1 of 246 Food & Drink in Napa and has a rating of 5.0 on TripAdvisor. Stay in nearby San Francisco to enjoy both the city and the countryside of Northern California. Checkout hotels such as the Inn at Union Square or the King George Hotel both of which are conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco.
- Palisade, Colorado:
The Palisade area is home to 15 Colorado wineries that produce diverse wines such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Palisade is where 75% of the state’s exceptional wine grape vineyards are located and is a must-see for any wine lover. Stay at the Wine Country Inn, one of the local hotels in the Palisade that is adjacent to vineyards such as Grande River Vineyards, St. Kathryn Cellars and Red Fox Cellars.
- Melbourne, Australia
Yarra Valley is home to wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, but is specifically known for its sparkling wines such as Domaine Chandon and De Bortoli. The countryside is the perfect spot to sample wine at boutique wineries and enjoy lunches at local vineyard restaurants. It is best to visit during the autumn season (November) and late spring (March to May). Not only can you take part in the finest wines Melbourne has to offer, but you can also enjoy the city’s finest restaurants and accommodations such as The Prince Hotel. This 4-star boutique hotel is located in the heart of cosmopolitan St. Kilda. The Prince is truly a luxury hotel that provides a style that is unrivaled in a city known for its eclectic fusion of fashion, food and culture.
- Barcelona, Spain
Tapas and wine? That sounds divine! Travel to Barcelona to fulfill your heart’s desire by touring the monastery of Montserrat and view the exquisite Catalan countryside. The tour begins in the center of Barcelona where its travelers will meet and prepare for a full-day of touring. Travelers have the options of choosing between a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant or a delicious tapas brunch as well as the opportunity to taste organic wines at the Oller del Mas Château. Stay at some of Barcelona’s finest such as OD Barcelona, located in the heart of the trendiest sphere of Barcelona and close to the Sagrada Familia and Plaza Cataluña, or BCN Urban Hotels Gran Roselion, a 4-star hotel located in the financial district of Barcelona and near popular locations like the Passeig de Cracia, Plaza Catalunya and El Prat Airport.