Ready, steady, go!14 March 2014
by Conrad James
Visiting a wine region requires some preparation like in case of any other destination. And no matter whether you are after traditional and rustic estates or ultra luxurious ones, there are several common rules that apply to both.
- First of all do not wait till the last moment to plan the visit. Some wineries are so popular that you need to make an appointment well in advance.
- Depending on the country or even region some estates have open cellar doors while others require booking in advance.
- Some activities can be seasonal. This is worth bearing in mind especially when you travel to another hemisphere.
- The temperature in some cellars can be as low as 10°C (50°F). Long sleeves may come in handy.
- Bring comfortable clothes and shoes especially if your tour includes a walk in the vineyard.
- Minimum age for wine tasting (legal drinking age) can vary depending on the country e.g. in Europe it is normally 18 while in the United States it is 21 years of age.
- Check the map for distances between wineries on your itinerary as in some regions they are quite far apart.You surely do not want to lose half a day in a car.
- Finally, wine regions within the same country can significantly differ in terms of temperature and weather conditions. Also, in some zones, especially in Argentina and Chile, be prepared to adapt to higher altitudes.
These practical tips are important but by no means define the experience.
Wine is made in locations of unique beauty and climate. These blended with the human factor give a thrill you cannot and should not prepare for.
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