Wine travel with us means visiting diverse and exciting countries, where you can stroll through picturesque vineyards, eat at award-winning restaurants, where your sommelier expertly pairs wine with your locally sourced meal, staying at luxurious and intimate lodges and hotels, and experiencing the most inspiring corners of each destination. Whether you’re a connoisseur who wants to make wine the focus of your journey, or an enthusiast who just loves vino, our tasting tours will have you uncorking fantastic bottles in unforgettable settings.
Luxury Wine Tours
South Africa tempts with its safaris and majestic scenery, but it will also seduce wine lovers with its gorgeous vineyards that produce rich Pinotage and Viognier. Tucked into the mountains just beyond chic Cape Town are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, two famous wine regions that are filled with charming shops and lovely Cape Dutch architecture. In Franschhoek, you can stay at the Le Quartier Francais, a luxuriously appointed and relaxing hotel that’s home to two of the country’s best restaurants. You can visit the Garden Route coastal town of Hermanus, which is the best spot for whale watching in the entire world, and is surrounded by sustainable, boutique vineyards and small farms that craft artisanal cheese, chocolate, and honey. In Hermanus, one of your lodging options is the opulent, cliff-top Birkenhead House hotel, where you can watch the whales pass as you drink deliciously dry Pinot Grigio.
The South Pacific offers outstanding options for wine tours; the region’s been producing excellent vintages for years. The wineries of New Zealand’s laid-back, artsy Waiheke Island, just a short ferry ride from Auckland, produce firm Cabernet Franc and oaky Chardonnay, and the island is filled with charming galleries and restaurants where you’ll feast on impossibly fresh seafood. Back on the mainland, you can take in the country’s lush and dramatic scenery as you drive between the family-owned vineyards of Napier, Wellington, and Martinborough.
Caskets and caskets of spicy Shiraz, dry Riesling, and sweet Semillon are produced next door in Australia, which is another great destination for a wine tasting tour. Sydney and Melbourne are fabulously cosmopolitan cities with dynamic restaurant scenes, and the continent’s rich desert scenery, picture-perfect beaches, and thick rainforest hover just beyond their limits. Australia’s wine regions are deservedly famous—Clare Valley makes delicate Riesling, and Barossa valley produces robust Shiraz; there are many beautiful vineyards in these areas, and its easy to visit a few in one day, either by car, or by bicycle.
On the other side of the world in Latin America, red wine lovers will be rewarded with wine tours of Chile and Argentina, which produce strong, full-bodied Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo. These countries have so much to offer the intrepid traveler—vibrant, sophisticated cities, ruggedly majestic scenery, and utterly delicious wine. You can take a wine tasting tour of Argentina or Chile on their own, or visit both countries on one trip for a truly eye-opening and epicurean experience. One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling in these countries is their stunning range of accommodations—you can stay at ranches that provide sweeping views of the Andes’ peaks and valleys, or cozy vineyard casitas that serve gourmet regional specialties.
We love taking wine tours in these regions so much that it’s almost impossible to pick out our favorite experiences, but here are a few that stand out:
Touring South Africa’s vineyards in a vintage World War II sidecar. You’ll have your breath taken away as you travel between wine producers, over mountains, and past Cape Dutch homesteads on this delightful trip, where you’ll visit Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, and enjoy wine, chocolate, and dessert tastings.
In Wellington, New Zealand, enjoy a full-day private walking-and-tasting tour, where you’ll meet restaurateurs, baristas, and chefs (and sample their wares), before feasting on a celebratory tasting lunch accompanied by complementary New Zealand wines.
Explore Mendoza in Argentina, a charming city nestled in the foothills of the snowcapped Andes. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore the Andes by foot, horse, or car, or simply relax in town. Mendoza is a lovely, leafy place full of rose gardens, sidewalk cafes, and boutiques, and at every turn, there’s a glass of Malbec waiting just for you.
Call us to learn more about the inspiring wine tours we create. We offer special access to the world’s best vineyards, and we’d love to discuss these unique opportunities with you.