23 May 2017 by Olga Brighton
Who doesn’t love a holiday? And a taste of the local vino once they get there? So why not combine the two and try a wine tasting tour for your next break?
What could be better than a trip to a world class wine region, where vineyards serve as stunning backdrops for tasting some of the best vintages available? There’s no need to go long-haul - Europe offers the perfect blend to choose from.
Take a look at our travel suggestions to inspire your next trip.
The steep-terraced vineyards of Portugal’s Douro Valley are among the world’s oldest winemaking regions. The landmark Sandeman winery offers a comprehensive tasting centre and is a must for Port lovers. Or chose one of 200 quintas (estates), including Port and DOC winemakers such as Fonseca Guimaraens Port Winery.
Italy offers perky Prosecco (and Grappa…) in the unspoilt Dolomite peaks. Try the tiny hamlet of Rolle and Cantina Vigne Matte, with six different prosecco, plus a spectacular vista. Or opt for a Chianti lesson at Siena’s Tuscan Wine School, or the famous castle estate vineyards of Fonterutoli and perhaps the medieval town of San Gimignano to savour the Veraccia grapes. Alternatively, head to Piedmont’s infamous Barolo where the Fratelli Barale have operated since 1870.
If you prefer to engage in the age old battle of whether its Burgundy or Bordeaux, head for Chateaux D’Agasacc, or Domaine de la Romanée Conti, France. But note that many vineyards rarely allow visits and tastings without reservations. Check in advance to avoid missing out on the elegant pinot noirs and characterful chardonnays.
Whether it’s Cava in Catalonia or Port in Porto, experience the delights of local wineries whilst staying safe and remembering to buy Travel Insurance. It is not a lifestyle choice: it’s a must. Decent travel insurance shields us from the holiday disasters that happen to ‘someone else’. Insurance is a small price to pay for peace of mind - especially if that ‘someone else’ turns out to be you!
Finally, given the talk about wine: always drink responsibly. Injury or accident as a result of excessive alcohol will not be covered by your travel insurance!