We Know: All About Wine Tours to France/Italy
What Happens on a Wine Tour and How Long Does it Last?
To see and taste as much as possible on a wine tour in Europe, visitors should take between four and eight days on the trip. Some larger regions require even longer visits such as two weeks or more. Visitors choose their own accommodations, and can opt for a hotel, villa, farmhouse resort, and in some cases in France, chateaux. Most guide companies do not provide single day trips. To help visitors gain a rich perspective of wine country, experienced guides immerse visitors in the culture through in-depth looks at how the wine is produced, the history of the area, wine tastings, traditional cuisine and more. The best time to take a wine tour is during growing season, between April and October.
Who Attends Wine Tours?
People of all ages attend wine tours, from as young as 20 to as old as 80 and up, but the average ages range from 40 to 60. Visitors come from all across the world and from all walks of life--the only thing one needs is a love of wine and the ability to walk and stand during outings. Groups can be small and personal, sometimes as little as one or two people on both private and publicly scheduled tours. Most tour companies work hard to accommodate any needs visitors might have, such as dietary restrictions or physical disabilities, so each has his or her own personal wine tour experience.
Where Are the Most Popular Wine Tours in France and Italy?
France is home to some of the most famous vineyards throughout the world. The more popular tours cover Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Provence, Alsace, and Rhone. Often times visitors choose to enhance their wine tasting tours with trips to Paris or cities like Avignon and Reims to do more sightseeing and gain a taste of French culture. Visitors can taste at prestige estates, or simply at casual boutiques throughout the country. The more popular wines are Bordeaux and Burgundy breeds.
Italy has four major wine producing zones. Tuscany is the most popular because its diverse geography produces a vast spectrum of wine--the most known is Chianti but there are more than thirty others. Sicily is exotic, offering rich wines, and is well known for longstanding traditions. In villages and the rolling hills of Piedmont one can find elite wine selections with a classic taste. Throughout Veneto and Fruili, two regions often visited as one, wine producers focus on complementing meals, and passionate wine drinkers live here than anywhere else in Italy.