If you thought wine-focused vacations only included extravagant tastings and swanky hotels, think again. There’s a whole world of vino getaways and wine travel experiences out there that won’t break the bank. With demand for these kinds of trips soaring (the market is expected to hit $31 billion by 2030), here are some unique ways to immerse yourself in all things grapes without hockin’ your jewels.
VistaJet Members-Only Wine in the Sky
Private jet company VistaJet offers an ultra-bespoke wine program for its members. They can enjoy a signature wine list from the world’s most iconic vineyards, and a wine in the sky questionnaire with contributions from popular oenophiles to advise on picking the most appropriate wines for flying. Prior to the flight and at the destination, a wine concierge will offer passengers tasting advice and will assist in discovering wines and vineyards in any region they’re visiting. The wine concierge can also help with acquiring a historic vintage for a special anniversary, give personalized recommendations about buying wine, etc. VistaJet also offers wine tours with bespoke access; personal introductions to the world’s best winemakers and wine clubs with around-the-world wine itineraries; personal tours of the finest vineyards and wine regions; an access to wine auctions and events with fine wine traders and collectors.
Vineyard Camping in Europe
Guests of Wine Camp Hažić in the Međimurje region of Croatia can set up their tents or RVs right in the middle of a family-owned working vineyard. They are invited to enjoy onsite wine tasting that focuses on white and sparkling varietals. Guests can sample fine vintages and learn about wine production all while sleeping amongst breathtaking linden, chestnut and cherry trees. Pairing perfectly with the onsite wine, the campground serves regional specialties including locally produced cured meats, cheeses and black bread at the cozy, wooden wine house for the perfect pairing. Tent and RV sites start at just $30/night.
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard in York is a remote, peaceful 35-acre rural site with 10 acres of leafy vineyards. Known as one of the best places for countryside walks through the verdant vines, this resort rents out plush bell tents so guests can travel light. Rates start at $239 for two-night stays.
Wine Resorting in Japan
Located in Japan’s Yatasugatake region, a premier wine destination that boasts the highest number of wineries in the country, a wine resort RISONARE Yatsugatake offers wine-focused programming. At Wine School, guests will learn all about Yatsugatake’s wineries, partake in a blind tasting, and match wines based on the seasons. They will be offered to customize their own wooden Vino Box where they choose a favorite wine from the Yatsugatake Wine house and curate the perfect snack pairings for a picnic on the grounds. For relaxation, they are invited to experience the spa’s Vino Scrub Pack – a scrub that uses red wine grapes from Domaine Mie Ikeno, a local winery, and aims to brighten and smooth skin.
Cruising with a Winemaker
New for its 2023/2024 Voyage Collection, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers wine-themed Spotlight Voyages in the top wine regions of the world, hosted by the winemakers themselves for a truly immersive experience.
Cave Wine Tasting
Located in the heart of Stags Leap District, Pine Ridge Vineyards is a Napa Valley winery tucked beneath a ridge of rugged palisades. Pine Ridge Vineyards features 37,000 square feet of caves. Wine lovers can taste through the distinct terroir of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon while admiring unmatched views that distinctly provide a sense of place. Guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind Napa Valley Experience with the Cellar 47 tasting, tucked deep within the intricate cave system. After an escorted tour of the European-inspired cave system, they can lounge among plush furnishings that offer 360-degree sights of floor-to-ceiling views of the rock that bolster the notable hillside. Wine educators then lead a guided tasting of Pine Ridge’s impressive portfolio of estate wines.
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