Have Your Wine and Travel Too!
What Wine and Travel!?
Many people love to travel. Often when they travel, they have a motivation. This motivation could be seeking the sun, extreme sports, singles cruises, the list could include as many themes as anyone could think of. Why not wine as a theme?
Many people love wine. There is a noted rise in interest and consumption of wine in the Boomer generation. It would naturally follow that they have the time and the money needed to travel for the sake of wine.
Of course, it is an over generalization to say that Boomers are the only people who participate in this type of holiday. It has become a holiday that all types of people have discovered.
Hence, Wine and Travel has grown to be a substantial category of the travel industry.
The premise is that the wine drinker will have done research on how to combine wine with travel. It has become common enough now that one can join excursions that revolve around visiting wineries and tasting wine. The more risk averse person will likely choose a preplanned wine tour, while the more adventurous traveler may simply land in a popular wine region and start booking tours on the fly.
Wine Travel Packages
One of the safest ways to implement your wine travel plans is to take part in a travel package. This can begin in several ways. You could go to a travel agent and ask what packages they would recommend. Or you could pick a wine region that you would be interested in visiting, and work backwards, planning from there.
Booking.com describes a wine holiday that is a bucket list experience for any true wine lover, but of those keen to book their long-awaited vineyard trip, it can be hard to tell what sets the really good accommodations apart from the average ones. That is why Booking.com decided to use the advice of wine travellers who have actually stayed in these places to work out where enthusiasts could find the world’s best overall wine experience.
Also, you could go to an area that has been recommended by someone who has been there already.
And, never fear, you could start with the internet and do searches on wine regions that provide wine travel packages.
When participating in a travel package, it is important to remember that a package usually contains a preplanned itinerary. When you choose a wine travel package, you will have to accept what the travel company has planned. There will be little time for deviation from the preplanned activities. Be sure to investigate thoroughly the planned events. When a travel company creates these packages, they target the general interests of their audience.
Self Directed Wine Holidays
If you want your activities to be more specific to your desires, you will have to plan the wine travel holiday yourself. With a Self Directed Wine Holiday, all the control remains in your hands. There are pros and cons to this. Having control will allow you to create your holiday more precisely the way you want it to be. On the other hand, if there are any problems that arise, you are the one that has to deal with it. The execution of an efficient and effective wine travel holiday will take much research and careful planning. Since self directed travel does not have parameters and controls, it can become expensive. It will be a great responsibility, but it is achievable. If the outcome is positive, the experience of planning and implementation can be very satisfying.
Sample Wine and Travel Package
The Sonoma Wine and Dine
I wanted to provide a sample of a Wine and Travel package to give you an idea of what to expect from a package tour. The one I am referring to is taken from Winspire Catalog , the cost is based on travel from Canada, where I am from. This is just to give you an estimate which you can apply to where ever you are located.
The catalogs’ description: Jesse Katz Wine Tasting, Dinner at Vallette, Chauffeur, Hyatt Vineyard Creek, 3 Night Stay with Airfare for 2
“This Experience Includes:
- Private Jesse Katz wine tasting for 2 in downtown Healdsburg
- 4 course dinner with wine at Valette Restaurant, Healdsburg
- 6 consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service
- 3 night stay in standard guest room at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa
- Round trip coach class airfare for 2 within the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Francisco or Oakland, CA
- Winspire booking & concierge service”.
Free Style Wine Travel
Having traveled many time to the Okanagan Valley Wine Region, I can attest to the ease of visiting wineries scattered throughout the area. There are so many wineries of various sizes, that are surprisingly close to on and other. There are wine tours that are readily available. The freestyler will have seemingly endless choices.
An example of one wine tour company that operates out of Kelowna, B.C., is Uncorked! Okanagan Wine Tours. They offer tours year round. Their most popular tour take them to Mission Hill Winery and Quail Gate Winery. These are two of the more dominant wineries in the area. From there they “mix it up by visiting the smaller unique wineries to provide an interesting contrast for [their]sic) guests.” Tour times are typically 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Cost: $146 CND + applicable taxes per person
Travel as a group in a luxurious, High top Mercedes Sprinter or Bus with large viewing windows, comfy seats and air conditioning.
People who belong to wine clubs are and ideal starting point for group travel to a wine region of the world.
This can be a safe, fun experience.
Whichever way to choose to experience wine through travel, it is a great way to relax and appreciate wine!
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