By Viator, December 2010
Whether it’s French Champagne, Italian Chianti or Californian Zinfandel, a wine-tasting tour reveals the traditions and history of both people and place, and whisks you on a road trip through stunning rural countryside.
Designed for both wine novices and experts, wine-tasting tours are hugely informative and entertaining. Combining stops at several working wineries and cellar doors, you have the chance to sample different varieties, purchase wines and pick up wine-tasting tips, wine-making background and tasting notes.
Tours are led by professional vinologists and wine lovers, and are usually accompanied by cheese and produce platters, or lunch featuring gourmet local produce at a vineyard restaurant.
Of course, some of the most popular wine-tasting destinations include Italy and France. Drive through the poplar-dotted Tuscan countryside to sip Chianti, sample wines and cheeses in Florence or visit a royal cellar for a wine masterclass with a professional sommelier in central Paris.
In South Africa, wine-tasting tours target the lovely Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley regions to sip Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon wines.
California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys are home to some of the most prestigious wineries in the US, producing sparkling varieties, reds and whites, including groundbreaking biodynamic labels.
One of Australia’s premier wine-producing areas is Victoria’s lovely Yarra Valley, where an abundance of wine tours are offered to boutique wineries, gourmet specialists and vineyard restaurants. Specialties here include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Private tours, small group tours, helicopter tours, bike tours, food-pairing tours, chocolate and wine tours, wine-tasting walking tours – wine tours come in all shapes and sizes, offering a convivial, fun way to meet people and share a little local hospitality.
Tours & Tickets
Treat your taste buds on a full-day Chianti wine and food tour from Florence and sample some of Tuscany’s finest wine, cheese, meat, chocolate and more! With a ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Discover why beautiful Muir Woods and the Californian wine country are two of San Francisco's most popular day-trip destinations on this great value tour ... Read more
San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
What would a trip to France be without escaping Paris for a day trip in the countryside? Take a break from the city bustle, and discover the magnificent ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
Visit Portugal’s prestigious Douro Valley on this full-day wine tour from Porto! Famous for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Combine Chianti wine with blissful Tuscan countryside on a half-day wine tour from Florence! With a tour escort, travel out of Florence and spend the afternoon ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Combine Tuscan wines with incredible scenery on a 6-hours Tuscany wine-tasting tour from Florence! Led by a sommelier guide, travel by luxury minivan to the ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Travel into the heart of Champagne country and discover the secrets of "The King of Wines" on this 10.5-hour Champagne region day trip from Paris. ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)