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Unique Ways to Enjoy the Best Wineries
Planning a trip to wine country is becoming more and more popular. And with good reason. If you love wine tasting, visiting just one winery isn’t enough! Plan a weekend getaway (or longer) to explore wine country, so you’ll have plenty of time to try the best wineries in the area, indulge in delicious farm-to-table dining experiences, and admire or explore the beautiful countryside blanketed in acres of vineyards.
Luxe Wine Trips
Some wine regions inspire luxury and are full of beautiful, high-end wineries that cater to a crowd looking for an unforgettable, upscale experience. Reserve a custom chef-created food and wine pairing featuring vineyard-grown wines and ingredients sourced from gardens on the premises. Indulge in a reserve wine tasting to enjoy an exclusive selection of wines and learn about the winemaking process in an intimate setting. Enjoy a wine flight on a gorgeous terrace, in a luxurious tasting room with vineyard views, or even on a bocce court with bottle service.
Wineries aren’t only for high-end clientele. Plenty of family-friendly wineries invite guests of all ages to enjoy the day on their beautiful properties. Check a winery’s website or read reviews before visiting to ensure that kids are welcome. When planning a winery visit with children, select locations that have plenty of outdoor space for the kids to run free without disturbing other patrons, and bring entertainment like toys and games. Kid-friendly events that feature food trucks and live music are a great chance for you to enjoy a bottle of wine with entertainment for the whole family.
Unique Ways to Tour Wineries
When planning a visit to wine country, be sure to consider how you want to travel. Reserve a car service or party bus for comfort when vineyard hopping. Bike through wine country to explore the area while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery, or hike miles of trails within a winery’s nature preserve before or after your tasting. Get a birds-eye view of endless vineyards from a hot air balloon or ride a noble steed from winery to winery with a horseback riding tour.
Non-Wine Activities on Your Trip
Even if wine tastings are at the heart of your trip, visiting wineries is far from the only thing to do. And let’s be honest, sometimes you need a break between wineries. Enjoy your beautiful surroundings by hiking or biking through the countryside. Stroll through town perusing shops and boutiques. Boat, waterski, or kayak on a nearby lake or at the beach. Tour local museums, experiment with a cooking class, or simply shift your beverage of choice with a visit to a brewery or distillery. Then hop back on the wine trail when you’re ready.
Visiting wineries all day makes you the best kind of tired. When you need a place to crash right on the wine trail, we have the best vacation rentals in wine country.