If you’re looking to book a wine tour and are wondering what makes a great wine tour stand out, simply continue reading!
What makes a great wine tour stand out from the rest?
1. Round trip transportation
Ideally, a great wine tour company will pick you up in the morning and will drop you back off at the same spot at the completion of the tour. That way you can sit back and relax, whilst your tour guide for the day drives you from winery to winery.
2. Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
As the average wine tour lasts several hours, it’s a wise idea to book a wine tour which guarantees comfortable seats and air conditioning. Especially, if you’re planning to book a wine tour in Australia!
3. Organized tastings at multiple wineries
As Australia has a reputation for producing world class wine, it’s not unusual for wineries to be inundated with tourists. So it’s crucial to book with a company who pre books tastings for their groups, as unfortunately, if you turn up at one of Australia’s more popular wineries without a booking for a tasting, they may be too busy to fit your group in. Of course, you’d still be able to tour a winery, without having a booking for a tasting but it would be difficult to select bottles to purchase, if you haven’t had a chance to sample a few different varieties.
If you’ve found a tour that you’re interested in, it’s worth looking up each of the wineries which are included as the best wine tours include stops at award winning vineyards. It’s also worth making sure that you’ll get to visit a few vineyards that are known for producing top quality red wines as well as vineyards who are better known for their white wines. Especially if you’re travelling with friends or family members as it’s unlikely that everyone in your group will have the same preference.
4. Adequate time at each stop
It’s hard to enjoy a wine tasting tour, if you’re being rushed around by an impatient tour guide. The best wine tours will allow plenty of time for guests to tour a vineyard, sample a few wines and browse the vineyard’s shop.
5. A gourmet lunch paired with the perfect glass of wine
If you’re looking for the perfect wine tour, you may want to opt for a tour which offers lunch at one of the wineries that you’ll visit. Not only are vineyards known for producing delicious fare but you’ll also get to enjoy picturesque views of a vineyard whilst you eat. Better yet, enjoying a meal at a winery is a great experience as the waiters will be able to recommend the perfect wine to match your meal. If you like the glass of wine that’s chosen, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two to take home.
6. Knowledgeable, professional tour guides
If you make the mistake of booking with an unprofessional tour company, you may be stuck with a tour guide who is a glorified driver. Ideally, your tour guide should be able to teach you about the wineries which you’ll visit and should be able to recommend a selection of wines which they think will suit your individual preferences. An enthusiastic tour guide will even be able to tell you a bit about the history of the region which you’re exploring.
The best wine tours will also provide tour guides who are punctual and well organized, so that you don’t run the risk of missing any of the tastings on your itinerary.
7. Unique features
As an example, if you’re a chocaholic you may be tempted by a wine tour that boasts a chocolate tasting, whilst if you prefer more savoury flavours, you may be excited to read that some wineries offer cheese tastings as well as well as wine tastings.
So if you’re seriously considering booking a wine tour, search for a tour which offers all the features listed above and you’ll be sure to enjoy the perfect day trip.