Though beach lovers might claim otherwise, I believe there is no vacation
more rewarding than one involving the exploration of a wine region, and
I can relate this from personal experience. But how does one actually
go about visiting wine estates, making appointments with winegrowers,
discovering fine restaurants, and landing suitable accommodations?
Depending on which wine region you choose to visit, the amount of
pre-planning differs greatly, so you might need some assistance.
Here is what I offer:
consultation on different types of wine-related itineraries that are
most favorable to pursue, tailored to a person's (or couple's) needs
and desires ---after all, some people prefer a short driving visit to Napa, while
others prefer to spend a week being guided (on tour) through Tuscany.
on what to expect from visiting different wine regions, including (1)
costs of visits and sampling wines (if any); (2) proper etiquette in
interacting with winegrowers and owners; (3) times of the year best
suited for travelling to a specific region; and (4) the amount of time
it takes to visit a specified number of estates.
on contacting estates and making appointments (many wineries, such as
those inBordeaux, do not allow people to simply drop in for a visit;
they need to be contacted well in advance of arrival).
For my part, I have organized countless wine-related adventures!