If you and your partner are in need of a quick getaway from the average humdrum of your daily life as working parents, then a nice retreat may be just what you need. Naturally, those of us who like believe that we are hip parents would rather bypass the typical Caribbean resort or cruise and incorporate our own personal style into our holiday. Wine-tasting trips provide the perfect opportunity to take a relaxing vacation and have a yummy, adult beverage-soaked with new and exciting endeavors. Not only have wine tours become a phenomenon with chic, hip parents in search of unique getaways‚ wine lovers are willing to travel the globe in to find the ultimate tasting experience. From California’s famed Napa Valley to the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, create your “parents only” summer excursion around vineyard exploration and wine-tasting events.
Go Coastal with North America’s Wine Counties
The United States is home to some of the world’s most notable wineries and vineyards, making it the ideal region for wine-tasting travel. If you’ve ever seen the American film Sideways, then you’re already familiar with some of the regions great wineries in the western coast of the U.S. Starting in northern California and stretching across several counties, California’s wine country is a popular destination among wine enthusiasts and those who enjoy unique getaways. There are about 400 wineries scattered along California’s wine region with most situated in Napa and Sonoma counties. In addition to wine tours, the region has many spas, resorts, and hot springs, and also offers a multitude of places to hike, shop, and savor culinary treats.
The western part of the United States isn’t the only region in the U.S. where you can find some of America’s greatest vineyards. From Maine to Virginia, the east coast offers just as many vineyards as California, but usually aren’t as crowded or touristy. There are also numerous small wineries that hold wine-tasting festivals with family-friendly activities, including grape stomping and wine-making education. No matter which region you choose in your wine pilgrimage, be sure to note your favourites, as you may be able to find these labels, or something similar, at your local M&S back home.
Take a Luxurious Wine-themed Cruise
Like wine-tasting tours, wine cruises offer the same opportunities as wine tours, however, they provide more ways to learn about diverse regions where wine is produced, the various kinds of wines, and the types of soils and grapes used in the wine-making process. Many cruises have sommeliers on board who are available to educate guests and act as a guide for the wine excursions. If you can’t afford a lengthy, lavish wine cruise around the vineyards of southern France or Italy, there are countless cities that have their own wine tours which last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Shorter, local wine cruises usually sail around a city or parts of a wine producing region and give cruisers the chance to sample area‚Äôs wines and learn about local vineyards.