Wine is one of the most famous alcoholic beverages in the world. Classically prepared from fermented grape juice, a bottle of good wine can be made out of pretty much any fruit – apples, cranberries, plums, and even strawberries. In fact, in many regions of the world fermented rice is also used to prepare your choicest glass of wine! That’s how versatile a bottle of wine is.
No wonder why it is an absolute favorite among people from all parts of the world. So much so that, as per a research, the global wine consumption in 2018 amounted to a huge 244 million hectoliters!
We won’t be surprised if the above statistics sparked up the wanderer in you to go for a wine tour. Hence, here’s presenting a beginner’s guide, so that you can make the most out of your much-awaited wine tour:
1. Start off on an ideal note
First things first – choose the right place to give a good start to your wine tour. Select the wine region with the highest number of vineyards and start exploring. Ideally, if you chalk out your travel locations properly, you can visit as many as 10 wineries a day!
Obviously, it also depends on the distance of one winery from the other, but mostly in a wine region, it is seen that wineries are located pretty much close to each other. So, if you plan the route properly, you can visit more wineries every day, making the most of your getaway!
2. Get information from the local vintners
Once that you have sorted out the route, the next point to keep in mind is to get as much information from your guide or local wine producers as possible. Start by discussing the historic relevance of the place, the vineyard, and its specialty.
Get the information about the local areas of the region and the wine itself. Learn about the wine-making process and the many varieties they are produced in. This point is especially relevant for the ones who are inquisitive about their wine. Do not hesitate, ask all you want – they will be more than glad to share their passion for wine with you.
3. Look for local restaurants
One of the most important things to make sure of! Whether you are going for a small wine tour or a long detour, make sure to note down the nearby restaurants beforehand.
Of course, it is true that there is no wine region that does not specialize in good food, but at times it becomes tough to search for one because wine regions are located in remote regions. Hence, it is always suggested to look up a few restaurants and inns before finally treading on your tour.
For people residing in Australia, you can visit Wine Regions Australia to read more.
4. Understand how your favorite wine is made
Making the most out of a wine tour will definitely be incomplete without learning about that your favorite bottle. Whether it is Barbera, Grenache, Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir -if you love it, leave no stone unturned to find out more about it.
Learn how it is made, during which time of the year it is generally prepared, and other such significant details. You will be awestruck to find out how delicately a bottle of wine is made and the various processes it goes through before finally getting ready to serve.
5. Do not be in a hurry
One of the most common mistakes people make while going on a wine tour is tasting different wines, one after the other.
Savor the taste of each wine for quite some time. Do not just gulp it down your throat – see, swirl, smell, and then taste – that is the holy grail. Never, ever make the mistake of tasting wines quickly, now that you are aware.
6. Perfumes are a no-no
The most important thing to keep in mind before going for a wine tasting event! Refrain from wearing strong perfumes when going to a vineyard. It not just ruins your experience of wine-tasting but also makes it unpleasant for the ones around you.
In fact, make sure to not indulge in the consumption of strong-flavored things like coffee or mint, for an enjoyable wine tasting experience.
Over to you…
Enotourism or wine tourism has gained significance over recent years. People not just love their wines anymore, but also show a keen interest in wanting to learn about them. Here, we presented a beginner’s guide for the ones who wish to get the most out of their wine tour. There are certainly more ways to ensure a better enotourism but this is enough to give you a healthy start.