Imagine waking up to the beautiful sound of birds chirping and the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through your bedroom window. All you have to do is step outside and enjoy a leisurely walk along the sand, watching the wave’s crash against the shoreline and just one more thing, click here. But before you head out, grab your wine bag and enjoy a cold glass in your hotel’s sun-drenched courtyard while soaking up some rays.
If this sounds like something you would love to do, but don’t know which wine regions are worth a trip to, worry not! Here are 10 Top Tips for Wine Travellers that will get you planning an itinerary in no time.
- Get to the wine region early in the day
If you’re looking for a good time to visit a northern wine region like the Catena Alta you could go in the early morning to catch the sunrise over the vineyards, or you could arrive on a Saturday afternoon and have time to sample wine from all of their wineries before heading to dinner as you stroll along. It is important, however, that you do not drive into any of these regions at night as many are located away from major towns and cities. So, travel during daylight hours and enjoy your trip!
- Be sure to make a stop at the winery
Wineries may be small, but they make up for it in hospitality. Every bottle of wine you buy means that one of their staff gets a pay check. Don’t feel like you have to buy every bottle, but if you do, know that the staff deserves it. Every winery has been working hard to grow their own vines and create their own special blends, so don’t hesitate to take your glass and stroll through the vineyards just to see what is going on or head inside for a quick tour of their shop.
- Buy a wine tour package and do it all
A large winery will have many different blends, including white, red, rose, and sweet wines. You may not appreciate all of the different varieties that Argentina has to offer at first; but if you find a winery that you like, it is worth booking an organized wine tour package so that you can sample as many vineyards as possible. Check out local websites for more details about packages offered by different hotels.
- Do your research before leaving home!
Argentina is known for its fine wines and delicious beef – but do some research before you go so you don’t waste any of your vacation time or money. It’s always a good idea to visit their website and read the tasting notes before you make your decision. Are they popular among wine critics? Do they have a good number of reviews on TripAdvisor? Does anyone else have any fresh recommendations? Researching ahead of time can help you make the most informed decision when it comes down to ordering.
- Drink responsibly!
When it comes to alcohol, the best rule of thumb is to drink responsibly. Drink with friends, drink responsibly, and eat a good meal before you start drinking. Some of these wines may seem strong at first, so be sure to have your friends accompany you as you work your way through the list!
Wine tours certainly make for some good times as well as some great memories. If you’re planning a trip, keep these tips in mind and you too can enjoy a trip of fine wine!