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How To Choose the Perfect Wine Tour DestinationIt is summertime, and we all know that means summer vacation. While millions of Americans set off for their cross-country road trips, beach excursions, or mountain getaways, wine lovers may be journeying on to their favorite wine destination. 

For new wine enthusiasts, this may be a new experience, and choosing the perfect wine tour destination may be a bit complicated. To help, we have put together this quick guide on how to choose the perfect wine tour destination. We hope these tips are useful in getting you out into the world of exploring fine wines!

What Is a Wine Tour?

While it may sound like a silly question, the answer may be more complicated than you may think. Wine tours are unique to each vineyard or winery. In some cases, vineyards do not produce wine, but instead send their grapes away offsite to be turned into juice. Similarly, many wineries simply produce wine and purchase grapes from vineyards around the world.

It is important to understand what you are getting into when you embark on a wine tour. Depending on the type of location, you may have the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes magic of winemaking, with everything from growing and pressing the grapes to the barrel cellars where the juice is slowly fermenting. 

Many wine tours end with a wine tasting of the products that the winery or vineyard sells. Be prepared to try lots of different types of wines, and don't forget to spit, unless you are looking to be a little less than sober during your tour. 

Four Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wine Tour

1. Research the Wine Region

Before you get started, it is important to begin researching the different wine regions that are within your traveling specifications. Different regions have specific offerings. 

Consider factors such as the types of wine produced, the climate, and the overall reputation of a region. Popular regions in the US include the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina as well as Napa Valley in California.

2. Plan According to Preferences

Pick through your and your friend's wine preferences and plan your tour accordingly. If you are a fan of red wines, find locales that are more red wine friendly. Similarly, if you have a particular interest in a specific grape variety or winemaking technique, choose a destination that specializes in those areas.

3. Consider the Season

Take into account the seasonal variations within wine regions. Harvest season, for example, offers a unique experience as you can witness the grape-picking process and participate in various winemaking activities. Off-peak seasons may provide a more relaxed atmosphere with fewer crowds, allowing for a more personalized experience.

4. Read Reviews and Seek Recommendations

Before making a final decision, read reviews from other visitors and seek recommendations from wine enthusiasts or travel experts. Their insights can provide valuable information about the quality of the wine tours, the level of service provided, and the overall experience at a particular destination.

Wine tours are a great way to get out of your comfort zone while also experiencing something new and exciting. If you have never been on a wine tour before, it is time to get to researching. One way to begin researching is to learn more about the wines you enjoy. 

Metro Wines - Your One-Stop Shop for Wine in Asheville, NC

At Metro Wines, we are extremely passionate about bringing incredible wines from all over the world to Asheville, NC. We are an independent wine store with a huge selection of wines. 

We conduct a wide range of events, workshops, and tastings. If you're interested in finding out more about the local wine industry, visit us in person or online to find out more about Metro Wines! We're excited to see you.