All wine lovers know that the best place to taste it is at its source: the vineyard. We’re spoilt with some incredible vineyards in Europe, creating some of the world’s best wine.
Piedmont wine tour
Serious wine connoisseurs will adore this nine-day tour of one of the most famous wine regions in the world. It can be completely customised to your needs, of course, but the tour will consist of VIP tastings at premium Barolo and Barbaresco estates and boutique estates in Gavi and Tortona. Best of all, you’ll be chauffeured everywhere in a private, luxurious Mercedes.
Piedmont isn’t just known for its wine – it boasts excellent food too, which you’ll have the opportunity to sample in a variety of Michelin Star restaurants. We recommend taking this tour in the autumn, as not only do the vineyards turn into a sea of orange, yellow and red, it’s white truffle season.
As for accommodation, you’ll be staying in a number of different five-star hotels, including spas and wine estates. Where you go and stay on your tour is up to you, but Cellar Tours sample suggests starting and ending the journey in Milan.
For more details, visit the Cellar Tours website.
Bordeaux wine tour
This short tour spans 3 – 4 nights, depending on your preference, and provides a fantastic opportunity to sample the best wines in the Bordeaux region. You’ll stay at the five-star Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel, which has a number of opulent suites to consider. The most luxurious is the Royal Suite: it boasts panoramic views of Bordeaux, a 1,076 sq m terrace and a beautiful bedroom and separate living space spanning 1,100 sq ft in total.
St Emilion, France
Once you’ve settled into your hotel, your chauffeur and guide will take you on a private tour of three châteaux of your choosing in Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Graves or Médoc. After a day of sampling wine, you’ll enjoy a six-course dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, which is located in Le Grand Hôtel.
If you choose to stay for another day – and why wouldn’t you? – your guide will once again pick you up in a Mercedes and take you to another two of your preferred châteaux. In the afternoon you’ll be whisked off to a tutored tasting session in the city centre before enjoying a four-course meal at Michelin Star restaurant La Tupina.
For more information, visit the Grape Escapes website.
Rioja to San Sebastian food and wine tour
Fans of Spanish Rioja and excellent tapas will adore this four-day tour. It can be completely tailored to your needs, but the sample tour alone is sure to impress. Your journey will begin with a two-night stay at Marques de Riscal, a distinct-looking five-star hotel designed by Frank O. Gehry. While there are several fantastic suites to choose from, the Gehry Suite offers stunning panoramic views of the Rioja vineyards, which you can enjoy from your private terrace.
San Sebastian, Spain
Take advantage of the excellent spa and gym facilities before heading down for your eight-course Michelin Star dinner in the hotel restaurant. The next day, your English-speaking guide and driver will chauffeur you through the vineyard, where you’ll meet the makers, sample their wares and learn about their process.
You’ll then be taken to another five-star hotel, this time in San Sebastian. It boasts an incredible location, as it’s right in the heart of the city and just a short walk away from the beach. Enjoy an unforgettable meal at Arzak, which has three Michelin Stars and is regularly listed as one of the best restaurants in the world. The perfect end to your tour!
For more details, visit the SmoothRed website.