Are you a wine connoisseur? Or, perhaps you simply love a good red or white? Regardless of what it is, wine drinkers can have a memorable experience on a wine tour while vacationing in Europe. Aside from learning about the vineyard, the history and how the wine is made, wine tours are also another way to relax and escape the hectic city life and tiring sightseeing itineraries. Out of all the countries in Europe, here are the top five tours we chose from some of the best wine countries including Portugal, France, Italy, Spain and Hungary.
Douro Valley Wine Tour
Portugal is known for its wine, and for those who are looking for a small group tour, we recommend the Douro Valley Wine Tour. The valley is famous for its wine production and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Portugal. The tour takes you to Pinhão, a village that’s home to two terrific vineyards where you’ll be able to taste wine and ports with lunch and transportation included. Along the way to the vineyards, you’ll stop by scenic areas to take photographs of the surrounding beauty. You can also upgrade to a Douro Riverboat tour for an additional fee where you’ll cruise along the Douro River. The wine tour is no more than eight people in a group, allowing for a customized experience.
Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience
The wine regions of Bordeaux are not only luxurious but also award-winning, which is why we chose the Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience as one of the best wine tours in France. The tour lasts five and a half hours and takes you to two châteaux. You’ll get to taste four different wines, learn about the process of wine-making, drink an aperitif with fresh bread and cheese and explore Saint-Emilion. Transportation for this tour is included as well.
Tuscany Wine Tour
Tuscany is probably one of the best regions in Italy to taste some of the best wines in the world. Our top pick is the Tuscany Wine Tour, which takes you on a six-day cultural journey to family-owned vineyards in different towns around Tuscany. The trip includes accommodations, cooking classes, dinners and breakfasts, a personal tour guide, transportation to and from the airport and of course, six different wine tastings.
Wine and castles in Ribera del Duero and Navarra
Castles and wine? Yes, please. Our top choice is the Wine and Castles in Ribera del Duero and Navarra wine tour in Spain. The tour lasts multiple days and includes learning about the 500-year-old wine production, tasting Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Navarra wines, sleeping overnight inside castles, and exploring picturesque places away from the tourists. This is a much more personal and is not a group tour—perfect for couples and adults who seek a different type of wine tour experience.
Etyek Wine Tour
If you’re near Budapest, we recommend checking out Etyek Wine Tour. For half a day, you get to go in a small group to the wine region of Etyek and visit two family-owned vineyards while learning about the history of wine in Hungary along the way. The tour includes four wine tastings at each winery, snack pairings with the wines, three-course Hungarian cuisine prepared just for you, knowledgeable local guide and transportation directly to and from your hotel (downtown Budapest only).
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