Did you know that since the origin of mankind, wine has held an integral part many civilizations and across numerous cultures? The expert wine making skills of today can be traced all the way back to our early ancestors, who (thankfully!) creatively invented the process of harvesting, processing and producing the first and finest wines in the world.
The advanced techniques harvesting and fermenting the raw ingredients of wine-making today have been refined through time, but we have our early predecessors to thank for the discovery of the fundamental processes.
Today, many wine connoisseurs embark on wine-tasting trips, and these niche tours see exclusive visits to specific wine producing regions, wineries and vineyards, where guests are able to soak in the exotic experience of all aspects of their fine wine – from seeing where it originates, understanding the careful harvesting and selection of grapes to the detailed wine-making process. It’s a special experience of seeing and tasting wine at a place where it originates.
Popular wine-producing countries include Italy, Spain, Germany, California, Portugal and Australia, as well as certain areas of the Mediterranean region. Lately, many have touted that the finest wines in all of the world hail from France, only recently emerging as the best wine producing country, which exports a huge volume of its broad varieties of wines across the globe.
Wine tasting tours can last anything from a day to a week, depending on available tours, the season of the year, as well as your destination of choice. To cater to increasing demand, tour operators have upped the ante and have started to offer wine-tasting and vineyard visits with luxury accommodation and a fine dining experience.
Wine exploration is suitable for novices and connoisseurs alike, as it’s a great opportunity to mingle with likeminded friends. And in my books, nothing speaks camaraderie more than learning and laughing together!