If visiting a vineyard and going on a winery tour is something that sounds like fun to you, there are a few steps that you will need to take before you go. First and foremost you should be aware that there are many thousands of wineries in different wine regions around the world, and many of them welcome visitors. Of the many different wine regions that you can select from for your winery tour, here are a few choices that you may find of interest.
Find Out What Your Wine Options Are
The first step, if you want to go on a winery tour, is for you to find out what your options are. Sure, the Napa Valley offers many winery tours that are very popular because it is such a well known region, but there are many other California winery tours that you may also be interested in. Within a short drive of Napa Valley you’ll also find other well known wine regions like the Sonoma Valley , Russian River Valley and Petaluma. All of these areas have vineyards that are open to the public and many offer winery tours. The Benziger Family Winery at Glen Ellen, not far from the Sonoma Valley, offers an outstanding tour of their biodynamic vineyard and winery.
It is also worthwhile seeing if there are any wineries in your local area, or, if you are traveling, you can check to see which wineries are located in that specific locale. When traveling in Europe it should be noted that many Italian and French vineyards and wineries are not generally open to the public but if you call in advance they may be very happy to welcome you.
It is important that you find a winery that allows visitors and that offers the types of wines that you enjoy or that you are interested in learning more about.
Do Your Winery Research
Next you will need to do your research on any winery tour that you may be considering. You will, for instance, need to find out which days of the week and at what times the winery tours are offered, so you can choose the one that is convenient for you.
For many winery tours you can simply find out what time they are conducted and then just show up, but for other winery tours you may need to call in advance and book a spot on the vineyard tour. It is usually worthwhile calling in advance to make sure that you can get on to your chosen tour without having to wait too long.
Most people will enjoy going on a winery tour. Even if you are not an enthusiastic wine lover, you may still enjoy learning about wine growing, the long history of wine, and about the different types of wine available and what makes each style unique and sets one apart from another.
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