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11 wine tours every foodie and adventurer needs to know about

11 wine tours every foodie and adventurer needs to know about

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

From a three-hour tour of Barcelona’s foodie market to multi-day luxury packages through Sicily, Winerist does more than offer well-priced wine tasting packages; Winerist ensures you see as culture as never before, using all your senses and enjoying a buzz afterward.

So whether you’re out to educate or inebriate yourself, check out these 11 wine tours sure to get your mouth watering.

La Boqueria Market tour in Barcelona

La Boqueria is easily one of Barcelona’s most popular tourists spots, attracting locals and foreigners alike with savory treats, fancy nibbles and everyday groceries available in various food stalls.

Winerist has teamed up with a native Spaniard who worked at El Bulli, formerly the world’s best restaurant before it shut to become a culinary school, who for the duration of the three-hour city tour will guide guests through the sweet and savory of Barcelona.

Taste of Testaccio food tour in Rome

For four hours, Winerist takes you through ‘the heart of Rome,’ the city’s culinary center and original foodie neighborhood.

Nine food stops and 12 tastings will leave you with an authentic taste of Italy in your mouth.

The great thing about this tour is you get to see many tourist attractions, but from the vantage point of a local who knows where to source legit Italian cuisine.

Cheese and wine class in Paris

If cheese and wine is a match made in heaven, then the pearly white gates surely lead to France.

Without ever leaving a wine cellar in Montmartre, Winterist treats you to a two-hour wine and cheese course where you learn about the history, process and ingredients to some of the best cheese and wine in the world.

You taste a sparkling variety, one white and two reds, accompanied by artisanal local cheeses.

This class is meant to not only teach you about the origins of wine and cheese (and what makes them so delicious) but also educates guests on what other flavors go best with their favorite vintage.

Lovely weekend in Champagne

You can’t say you know wines, until you’ve visited the birthplace of bubbly: Champagne.

Spending two days in the idyllic town of Epernay, you’ll be roused from a rural bed and breakfast to visit various chateaus and family-owned wineries, where you will sample the local specialty of champagne.

The program and the special region are meant to open your eyes and palette to some of the world’s most unique and exclusive wines.

Sunset sailing tour with wine tasting on board in Santorini, Greece

Greece is meant to be experienced on a boat, and with Winerist you get to see the incomparable sunset over the Aegean whilst floating around stunning Santorini.

The private sailing trip takes you to volcanic hot springs around the island, and when you’re done enjoy a sunset-lit dinner on board.

Mount Etna wine package in Sicily

The volcanic earth of Mount Etna in Sicily produces some of the most unique and incredible-tasting wines in the world.

Located on the eastern coast of Italy, Mount Etna is home to the luxury Castello San Marco Hotel & Spa, where guests who book this luxury four-day spa, wine and food package will rest in between wine activities and tours.

The San Marco’s wine lounge features over 250 different wines, and its own private beach, where you’ll have to tear yourself away from in order to visit the region’s vineyards.

Rolls Royce tour in Bordeaux

Booking this three-night stay in a country chateau is only the beginning of the fun.

This four-day tour is centered around the luxury vehicle Rolls Royce, which guests jump in to as they are driven between wine tastings and meals.

Between Bordeaux making wine for over 700 years, and with the village of Saint-Émilion recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests are treated to an authentic and luxury experience beyond compare.

Truffle hunting in Tuscany (only available October to November)

The elusive truffle is considered one of the most expensive condiments in the world. With the Winerist Tuscany package, you settle into a boutique hotel and spa for four days with a bottle of prosecco on arrival.

During the day a guide takes you to a secret location where you will fish out truffles to use in a truffle-themed lunch.

When you’re not wine tasting in the cellar, explore the grounds and take in the beauty of Tuscany.

Food and wine tour of Cape Winelends in South Africa

Thanks to plenty of sun and ocean air, South Africa is a rising star in award-winning vineyards, and Cape Town is an ideal jump-off point to explore the region’s fruits.

Old Dutch estates have comfortably made their way into some of the country’s most popular vineyards, incorporating the local culture and flair into the wine tasting experience.

The first wine stop ion this tour includes eight different tastings, each paired cheese, bread and locallysourced olive oil to cleanse the palette.

You’ll also get to drive down the oldest street in South Africa, Stellenbosch, before enjoying a four-course meal and a five-level wine tasting.

Horseback riding wine tour in Mendoza, Argentina

Experience Argentina like a local, jumping on horseback to traverse through Mendoza’s stunning countryside.

You’ll be surrounded by the Andes as your tour estates and see two wineries, where you will be treated to local food and drink.

The six to seven-hour tour will fly by as you move on from one estate to the next, comparing and contrasting the separate vintages.

Beer, wine, bubbly and spirits tasting in Sonoma County, California

For decades Sonoma has been leading the charge as one of the best wine regions in the northwestern hemisphere.

After meeting with the local foodies in what has been voted one of the 10 best small towns in America, guests will be treated to a farm-to-table culinary tour showcasing the best in regional, organic cuisine.

Of course, the tour is highlighted by a presentation of the region’s finest wines, ranging from refreshing whites to robust reds.

For more information on wine tours in your area or future holiday destination, check out the Winerist home page online.

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