June 28, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (June 28, 2012) — The heat is on, and the team at Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries—offers travelers a variety of wine tours to keep their cool—and cool off—this summer. Whether private or small groups, food pairings with cheese and chocolate, or time set aside for kayaking and rock-climbing, Viator’s wine tasting options come in all shapes and sizes, offering something for connoisseurs and curious neophytes alike.
Made in the USA
Aside from good food, nothing pairs with wine better than spectacular scenery. Wine lovers will get that perfect pairing on Viator’s Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour Through Woodinville in the Pacific Northwest, with stops at four wineries a short drive from Seattle. Those looking for a more active adventure in Seattle will enjoy the Outdoor Adventure and Wine–Tasting Tour, which includes morning hiking, cycling, kayaking or rock climbing followed by a gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting. In California’s Sonoma wine region, the Wine Country Adventure: Bike and Kayak Wine Tour combines biking and kayaking with stops for wine tastings in-between, while the full-day Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour offers a more relaxing experience and the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley a unique perspective onboard a historical replica of a San Francisco cable car. Two new tours on Viator include the Gaslamp Quarter Wine Walk in San Diego with visits to three wine bars, and the Private Tour of Niagara Falls Wineries, which explores the region’s boutique, large production, historic and modern wineries.
Quality and Quantity in Italy and France
Italy and France are the two largest producers of wine in the world, so it comes as no surprise that wine—and food—are a big part of daily life in both countries. Viator’s Wine and Cheese - An Introduction to Bordeaux Wines tour allows travelers to experience the region’s finest delicacies with fellow foodies—who may also enjoy two of Viator’s newest offerings, the Small-Group Wine and Cheese Tasting and the Small-Group Wine and Chocolate Tasting, both held in Parisian apartments with expert hosts. The French Wine Tasting in Paris tour offers wine novices and lovers alike the opportunity to become connoisseurs of French wines, and Italian Wine Tasting in Milan, home to the world-famous Lombardy wine, is a similar tour offered in Italy. When in Rome, travelers can learn about the city’s culinary heritage on a one-hour Italian Wine and Cheese Tasting experience. The Florence Cheese and Wine Tasting tour offers an opportunity to taste an assortment of cheeses, wines, olive oils and Tuscan favorites while the Chianti Region Wine-Tasting and Dinner half-day trip includes a scenic drive through the countryside.
Sipping in the Southern Hemisphere
In South Africa, wine-tasting tours target the lovely Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley regions where travelers can sip Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon wines. Viator’s Stellenbosch Wine Tour from Cape Town offers a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, or those with more time on their hands can opt for the nine-hour Cape Point Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting or the three-day Cape Town Winelands Short Break Package, which includes ample time to explore the famous Winelands region of South Africa. In Australia, the lovely Yarra Valley features an abundance of wine tours, including Viator’s Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour, which includes an exhilarating sunrise hot-air balloon flight and a tour of four of the region’s best-known wineries. In New Zealand, Central Otago has become one of the world’s premier cool climate wine regions (think Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay), and Viator’s Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown allows travelers to experience the beauty of the countryside along with its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. Also in New Zealand, a 6-hour wine trail tour—the Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch—provides ample opportunity for travelers to explore four boutique vineyards in the region.
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