Wine experiences are a sought-after itinerary item for many world travelers. If you’re concerned you won’t be able to include one without breaking the bank, worry no more. These thrifty tasting tips will help get you started affordably.
Food and wine festivals are a great way to experience a variety of wines without the cost of additional international travel or the need to purchase bottles by the case. Forks and Corks, the annual festival held in Sarasota, Florida, features a variety of wine tasting events and food works by numerous celebrity chefs. Brisbane, Australia hosts a fine wine festival every year with master wine classes as a large part of the event. Check a website called Local Wine Events for a listing of food and wine festivals around the world.
If you’re going for a more diverse travel itinerary, stopping off at a particular winery for a tasting session makes for a fun activity between other stops. On a road trip from Beirut, Lebanon to see the ancient ruins of Baalbek, we stopped at the Ksara wine caves for a tour and sampling session. While taking a scenic drive through southern Arizona to see Cochise’s stronghold in Coronado National Forest, with a stopover in historic Tombstone, we stopped in Patagonia to check out the various family vineyards and wineries in the area. The activity provided an unexpected cultural pairing with our visit to the OK Corral.
Certain destinations are known for their wine tourism, as well as their culture and nature offerings. Book a family adventure in the off season for great rates, and have a getaway everyone can enjoy. Northern Italy boasts numerous wineries around Lake Garda, which is also a popular place to go wind surfing. Roman ruins and castles are also close by. World class experiences are also available slightly north in Bolzano, Italy as well. The nation of Chile offers affordable South American travel prices with wine tasting, nature tours, and astronomy tourism at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert.
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