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Wine Tasting

By Viator, December 2010

Want to know the best way to get inside a country’s culture? By sampling its wine and food, that’s how!

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.

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1345 Reviews

Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. Enjoy a comfortable, picturesque drive by luxury coach to wine country to ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.95

Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 110 Reviews

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

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.17

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 813 Reviews

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

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.00

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 643 Reviews

See the very best of Tuscany on a full-day trip from Rome! Traveling to the stunning Val d'Orcia region, south of Siena, you'll be introduced to a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.03

Chianti Region Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip from Florence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1110 Reviews

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

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.29

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 268 Reviews

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

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.06

Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 155 Reviews

Discover the locals’ favorite ‘cicchetti’ bars in Venice, enjoying the city’s famous tapas-style dishes with an expert guide! The exciting 2.5-hour food tour ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.76

Douro Valley Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting, Portuguese Lunch and Optional River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 202 Reviews

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

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.18

Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 678 Reviews

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

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.04

Small-Group Tuscany Wine-Tasting Tour from Florence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 182 Reviews

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

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.48

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