Europe is an idyllic spot for wine lovers and when you visit the cultural countries of France and Italy, you will find a commitment to exquisite wines and beautiful food that will tantalise your senses.
All wine lovers know how to find a good Chablis in Burgundy and a strong Medoc in Bordeaux, but how can you combine your love of wine with a good holiday?
A new and increasing trend is to embark upon a cycling and wine tasting tour, which allows you to visit varying vineyards across the French landscape, tasting multiple wines in the process. Such tours are normally organised so that a representative carries any purchased bottles back to your accommodation, leaving you free to cycle on to the next beauty spot and tasting session.
Alternatively, you may want to consider a rail holiday to Italy, to sample some of the best wines in Europe. The Alpine villages offer a picturesque setting in which to better acquaint yourself with a glass of Grignolino or the famed Barolo. Tuscany is one of the more popular Italian wine spots, known best for Chianti. Yet the area also offers some beautiful, cool refreshing whites that tantalise your taste buds and discovering these provinces by rail is a great way to sit back and let someone else do all the hard work for you.
Stepping off the beaten track
Whilst France and Italy are common destinations for wine lovers, they are not the only options for great wine holidays in Europe. Germany is not typically a country which springs to mind when thinking of a wine tasting holiday and is perhaps more commonly associated with ales or bitters. In truth however, Germany has some excellent vineyards and 13 different wine growing districts. With enchanting names such as The Urziger Wurzgarten, we would recommend considering Germany when it comes to looking at destinations for a wine tasting holiday. The predominant wine is white (red remains more of a challenge for German countrymen), but for those who enjoy a sweet wine, this country could provide a selection of delights.
Europe has certainly become more diversified in its production of wine, with even the UK developing more of a reputation for producing a quality flavour. So, when looking to book a trip away, ensure you research properly and don’t overlook some of the lesser known countries, which could hold the key not only to remarkable wine, but to a remarkable holiday.