How to Plan the Wine Vacation of a Lifetime
Couples who are passionate about wine find ways to celebrate their hobby every day of the year. But for those who are truly serious about their love of vino, collecting and sipping varieties from local vineyards isn’t enough.
If you want to expand your wine horizons and experience the world’s greatest reds and whites, plan the trip of a lifetime with a wine vacation. Here’s all you need to know to get your adventure off the ground.
Discovering Your Perfect Vacation
What kinds of wine vacations are out there?
When you’re building an itinerary around wine, two factors come into play. First, decide which wineries, vineyards, or popular cities you would like to visit. From the hills of Tuscany to the valleys of Sonoma, your intended locale will affect time, budget, and other travel logistics.
Second, decide what kind of transportation is ideal for your taste. Travel companies will offer everything from a European tasting cruise to multi-stop winery tours by train. For people who like an ambitious itinerary, organized tours and boat trips let you accomplish lots of wine tasting in a short period of time. But couples who like a relaxed schedule may consider renting a car or simply visiting one major vineyard at home or abroad.
Is there anything special I’ll have to bring?
While taking in the sights and sipping on your favorite vino will be the highlights of the trip, don’t forget about your precious cargo! Wine travelers need to remember that bottles require safekeeping while in transit. If you’ll be exploring the city or roaming about the countryside, wear comfortable shoes, bring a physical map, and consider purchasing a wine bottle carrier. Since vineyard vacations often require lots of walking and outdoor activity, you’ll also need a way to tote your everyday provisions. Pack a picnic with a wine glass travel bag, and you can enjoy your newfound chardonnay anytime, anywhere.
How can I make my trip the most memorable of all wine vacations?
Sometimes the easiest way to create an unforgettable experience is to bring a bit of paradise home with you. After all, for many wine enthusiasts, the best part of taking a trip centered on vino is picking up a few rare or unique bottles for their collections.
Be smart, and remember that you’ll need special wine luggage to accommodate vulnerable glass bottles and your other accessories. You also want to familiarize yourself with international and domestic rules for traveling with alcohol and liquids in general. Do your homework, and you won’t be disappointed when customs denies your special blend's entry into the country.
Consider and execute these smart planning tips, and you’ll be talking about your wine adventure for decades.