Perfect Wine Summer Getaways

Quinta da Veiga views over the Douro Valley

By Diana Isac,

With the summer being so near, many of us are looking for the perfect getaway. An escape to the vineyards where you can immerse yourself into wine tastings with your girlfriends, fresh air, magnificent food and have that glass of wine by the pool overlooking the vines, might be exactly what you need!

Whether you are a keen wine traveler or an explorer who wants to experiment with wine, we would like to unveil some of our favourite stays and experiences in the vineyards. So here go some of our top wine destinations around the globe for 2013!

A la Bordeaulaise!

If you have not been to Bordeaux, there are three things you need to know before you go: Fantastic Wines, Magnificent Chateaux, Dunes and Oysters. We bet that the third option did not occur to you! Experience Bordeaux in any season, but if you are there in the summer, you have to give our Oysters, Bikes and Beaches tour a go! For a quick nibble in the vineyards, a walk through the wines by an expert and to taste the rich grape varieties of Bordeaux, go to Medoc or Graves. Bordeaux is the wine traveler’s dream. You will rarely taste such wines in any other part of the world! And for the ideal experience, boutique hotels in Bordeaux will provide charm and authenticity!

Visit the hidden cellars in Bordeaux’s chateaux

Visit the hidden cellars in Bordeaux’s chateaux

Steak, Malbec and Lunches with the Winemaker

Mendoza is truly a traveler’s dream. With its views of the Andes and the 300 days of sunshine it gets every year, it is one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. We suggest you give your taste buds a most memorable experience through Gourmet Tours. Make traditional Argentinian empanadas and sip them with some of the region’s best wines Malbecs or experience one of the most Exclusive Wine Tours in the famous Uco Valley region followed by a five course wine and food pairing course.  You will not be disappointed and will take back the most beautiful memories!

Authentic Southern Italian Paradise

Puglia has been an all time favourite for our Winerists. This regions is so beautiful through its rustic feel, it’s earthy wines and the wonderful people you meet on a journey here. You cannot visit Puglia without trying a Cooking Class where you will make delicious orecchiete and taste the beautiful ingredients of the south. The great respect for ingredients in this region will be savoured and appreciated with every bite. If you and your friends want an indulging experience with an active twist, this Puglia Bike Tour is most certainly a must try. There is so much to Puglia! Make sure you don’t miss out the smurf houses in Alberobello!

UNESCO Heritage Site of Alberobello Smurf Houses

UNESCO Heritage Site of Alberobello Smurf Houses

Vineyards by the River

The Douro Valley is one of the most breathtaking regions on the globe and a perfect destination if your prefer adventure travel. You will never feel so close to the sky, the river and the vineyards. Here you will be truly immersed in the vines. When in the Douro Valley, you must try the river journeys, which will be that much more fun by sipping some of the great local wines.  Multiple day expeditions through the Douro are available as well! If you are a free spirit and want to experience Douro at your own pace, walk through the vines, meet the winemaker or try the multitude of water sports available, book a few nights at one of the traditional Quintas which have breathtaking views of the valley. Sipping a glass of wine in the pool, overlooking the terraced vineyards will give life a slightly different meaning!

Quinta da Veiga views over the Douro Valley

Quinta da Veiga views over the Douro Valley

We hope you enjoy our recommendations for stays in the vines and we cannot wait to see you on our Winerist tours!

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