Here are three wine-focused tours — in Argentina, France, and California — guaranteed to give you bragging rights.
Exclusive vineyard visits and wine tastings. Private pairing demonstrations and gourmet meals. These are the highlights of the best winery vacations. Here are three wine-focused tours — in Argentina, France, and California — guaranteed to give you bragging rights.
Taste your way from Mendoza to Salta by foot, bike, and horseback on this 10-day “Argentina Wine Country” tour from Austin Adventures. Sheltered by the towering Andes, sample world-famous Malbecs, Pinot Noirs, and Sauvignon Blancs in one of the finest wine regions in the world: Mendoza. Visit the sprawling Clos de los Siete Winery in the Uco Valley, which is what Bordeaux is to France and Napa, to the United States. Sample the high-altitude wines — El Porvenir, Laborum, and Amauta — in the northwestern province of Salta at the family-owned El Porvenir winery in Cafayate. Indulge in the local artisanal chesses, signature Malbec hams, and tasty Argentine empanadas in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere. And relax each night in traditional country hotels surrounded by acres of lush vineyards and gorgeous gardens.
Oenophiles and gourmands, rejoice! This 10-day “Burgundy: The Wine Route” bike tour from VBT combines some of France’s most celebrated wines with the renowned cuisine of two of France’s culinary capitals, Lyon and Dijon. You’ll pedal along scenic canals, around vineyards, and through the charming wine villages of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune on the iconic Route des Grands Crus, the most prestigious part of Burgundy's wine country. As you ride along, you’ll meet local winemakers and taste their vintages; visit Cardonnay, famous for its dry white wine; and indulge in world-class French cuisine. The tour hits cultural highlights, too: strolling the ancient stone streets of Cluny with a local guide; touring the striking 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, home to the most famous wine charity in the world; and discovering the medieval cobbled streets of Dijon on a walking tour. C’est si bon!
If you’ve always dreamed of vineyard hopping in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys, then Country Walkers’ 6-day self-guided walking tour, “California: The Wine Country,” is for you. Experience the glory of the nation’s most famous wine country as you amble among towering redwoods, golden grapevines, and charming towns on your way through state parks and along scenic trails. Stop to visit renowned vineyards — the Benziger Family Winery, the Buena Vista Winery (oldest in the region), Schramsberg Vineyards, and the historical Sebastiani Winery — where you are rewarded with tours and samplings of their iconic wines. Enjoy picnics of local specialties, artisan cheese tastings, and some of the world’s finest restaurants in a region known for its culinary excellence. And relax in sophisticated inns and boutique hotels each night — within easy access to the wineries and hiking trails. What a way to go.
For more travel experiences available from Xanterra Parks & Resorts and its affiliated properties, visit xanterra.com/explore.