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
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.)
Combine wine-tasting and a country drive through magnificent Tuscan landscapes on an afternoon excursion to Chianti. This popular Tuscan region is universally ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
This tour will take you to the heart of the Champagne country to discover the history and secrets of "The King of Wines". You'll visit world-renowned ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Combine Tuscan wines with incredible scenery on a full-day Tuscany wine-tasting tour from Florence! Led by a sommelier guide, travel by luxury minivan to the ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Join a full-day Yarra Valley wine tour and visit four of the region's best known wineries: Yering Station, Balgownie Estate, Yering Farm and Domaine Chandon. ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Combine mountains, history and wine on a visit to Montserrat and either the Freixenet or Codorniu winery on a full-day small group tour by minivan from ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)