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Wine tourism is a great way to combine your love of travel, culture, food and drink.
Square Meal rounds up the top 10 destinations for a vinous getaway WORDS JULIE SHEPPARD travel
A THIRST FOR
The �rst time I took a group on a
trip was to Champagne, 27 years
ago. We were the only group
of wine tourists in the region!'
remembers Tim Clarke of wine
tour company Arblaster Clarke.
How times have changed.
Today, wine lovers regularly visit their
favourite regions to experience the local food,
culture, sights and sounds. Alongside visits
to wineries, you might go whale watching,
true hunting, learn to make fresh pasta
or brush up on your art history. Companies
such as Arblaster Clarke (winetours.co.uk)
or Winerist (winerist.com) oer group tours
or bespoke itineraries, often with access to
private wineries and unique activities.
'One of the best times to visit a wine
region is during the grape harvest, so not
peak season,' advises Diana Isac of Winerist.
'Book an authentic boutique hotel - if it's a
wine resort, even better - and make sure you
aren't far from the wineries,' she says. Isac
also recommends doing a cookery course or
a food and wine pairing dinner to understand
how the local cuisine aects the wine.
'Winemakers are often the best people
to talk to if you want to �nd out about local
history and culture,' she adds.
'It's very important to meet the people
who are directly involved in making the wine,'
agrees Clarke. 'For a great wine tour you
need really great wine and food. But there's
an emotional side to it, too; there's got to be
something about the area that hits you in the
heart, not just the liver.'
With that in mind, here are Square Meal's
favourite destinations, guaranteed to give
you a wine experience you'll never forget.
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