A wine tour can be an amazing day (or even an amazing weekend), allowing you to sample and find out about the various wines in an area. While there are organized wine tours you can take, planning your own wine tour can let you personalize your trip and do things at your own pace. To plan the perfect wine tour, here are some great tips.
Choose the right winery
First, you need to plan which wineries you’ll visit. Do some research online and think about factors such as opening hours and costs. It might be worth calling them each to see if they will be open. You can decide to stick with a particular type of wine like red or sparkling, otherwise you can decide to mix them up. It can even be valuable read reviews to see what others have recommended (there may not be much to see or experience at some wineries, while others may offer tours.
It is important that you eat enough throughout the day. Planning a big breakfast can be beneficial for lining the stomach. You can even plan lunches and dinners (bringing packed lunches can save money if you do not want to eat out every day). Most wine regions don’t have any scarcity of good restaurants.
If you bring a group, it is better to rent a mini bus. A number of mini bus rental can accommodate Up to 24 passengers offers plenty of space. Decide whether to choose someone as the designated driver or hire a driver (the latter allows everybody to enjoy the tour without someone having to refrain from drinking).
Keep itineraries easy
It’s easy to overcomplicate a wine tour by trying to visit too many wineries in the region. Ideally you want to visit no more than three or four wineries a day (it would be encouraging to manage more than that given the time it takes to travel between them). Plan your route so you avoid return trips as much as possible and think about whether you can keep all the wineries in the same area to reduce the time spent traveling.
Be careful not to drink too early – you do not want to go home early because someone vomited in the minibus. Taking wine with you on the coach is most likely not a good idea and you may want to watch out of drinking too much wine at lunch. This will let you fully enjoy each winery. Remember that you can use a spit bucket and you haven’t got to swallow any wine.