If you are going on vacation or even staying at home, wineries are becoming increasingly popular, and they are a great day out, especially if you appreciate the finer things in life. There are many countries that now promote wine tourism, which is about tasting and purchasing wine straight from the source, or as close as you can get. Many countries, including Spain and the US, have wineries and vineyards where you can get unique and great tasting wines. Here’s what to think about before visiting a winery.
Winery or vineyard tours aren’t compulsory. Depending on your preferences, you may just want to visit the winery and wander at your own leisure. If you haven’t been to a winery before, this could be a good way to understand what goes on and see the different parts where the wine is fermented and made. If wine chemistry isn’t for you, walking around the vineyard may be the better option. They are usually in beautiful places surrounded by breathtaking scenery, so they’re a great place to visit if you enjoy nature.
A Winery Isn’t a Bar
Although they give samples, you shouldn’t be visiting a winery with the thought of getting drunk. If you want to have a big glass of wine, pick your favorite and buy a bottle to enjoy later. Wineries are about tasting the wine from the source whilst they are still fresh, before being bottled up and sent around the world. Some even spit the wine out, but you can swallow if you want to. It is about enjoying the taste rather than the feelings alcohol can give you. Enjoy something different, you can then go to a bar and drink afterward.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
You do not have to dress up to visit a vineyard or winery. Many are in the hills or mountains and may be on rough terrain. Heels are not ideal and if you are doing a tour you will be walking around and standing up for a long period of time. You should also refrain from putting on any aftershave or perfume. Most of your taste comes from the scent so if you want to enjoy the wine as it should be, mixing this with other smells will not give you or other guests the full experience. Holidayshub.com have a list of some of the most beautiful vineyards to discover around the globe.
Although you aren’t getting drunk, you are still consuming alcohol and for you to have the real taste of a winery, you do not want to have to spit out every wine you taste. Your best bet is to find transport such as a taxi or bus service that runs near the winery. There may even be tour buses that are provided by travel companies within or around your hotel. This is a much safer way to enjoy a vineyard and means you do not have to worry about how much you taste.
Visiting a winery is about the experience. If you really enjoy the wine, you may be able to find it online or even back at home.