Ten Adventures on Five Continents: Wine Tours!

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Have you ever experienced the joie de vivre that accompanies wine tourism? The experience can be a heady one as you drink in the sense of well-being that comes with savouring one of life’s truly simple, yet luxurious pleasures: a glass of wine in the tranquil beauty of a vineyard. Late September and early October is a wonderful time of year to witness the grape harvest in the Northern Hemisphere, while South Africa, Argentina and Australia are busy harvesting in February and March.

The world’s wine regions are disparate and diverse; so no matter where you travel, wine tourism is a great way to learn about the people, culture, heritage, and customs of an area. Some of the most famous wine producing regions of the world have been producing wine for centuries, making the production and consumption an integral part of the local culture. Wine growers are farmers and artisans, and their perspective on the local area tends to be different from other locals typically encountered while traveling.

Take the leap! Pick a wine-growing region, search out some of the smaller, boutique wineries and get off the beaten tourist trail. You’ll meet local wine producers who care deeply about the area, and can give you refreshing insight into their part of the world. Our guides in Europe, the United States, South Africa and South America can help you access their local viticulture. Below are just a few examples of wine tours run by ToursByLocals guides.

Enjoy exploring the Ruta del Vino in Chile's most renowned wine region, Colchagua with Chilean guide, Juan: Chilean Wine Tour.

Visit the ancient wine cellars and drink in the stunning landscapes of Italy’s Chianti region with Massimo: Chianti Wine Tour.

In Moldova, strains of grapes have been passed down through generations. Experience the local viticulture with Natalia: Moldova Wine Tour.

Straying closer to the German border, a visit to the wine growing regions of Alsace-Lorraine is a must. Sip some pinot noir in the company of our guide Pieter: Alsace-Lorraine Wine Tour.

The Stellenboch wine region in South Africa offers romantic vistas of lush vineyards and endless blue skies set against the majestic Cape Mountain: South Africa Wine Tour.

The Mendoza wine region of Argentina is world-renowned for the plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish of its Malbec wines. Sip a glass of it on a sun-warmed terrace with the jagged peaks of the Andes rising in the distance, and you may never want to leave: Mendoza Wine Tours.

Experience the richness of sunny Napa Valley with a seasoned oenophile who can help you sample the best of California’s wines: Napa Valley Wine Tours.

Not far from Verona lies Valpolicella, a legendary Italian grape-growing area. With your guide Valeria, explore these green valleys covered with vines and spotted by small, family run wineries: Valpolicella Wine Tour.

In the 4th century BC, the Ancient Greeks brought grape vines to what is now Hvar, Croatia. Sample the fruits of these ancient labours with Sinisa: Croatia Wine Tour.

And finally, one of our newest guides in France offers guests the chance to visit something a little bit different than a traditional winery: the independent, family-run Cognac vineyards in Charente: Cognac tours.
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