Top 10 Winecation Destinations That You Need To See To Believe

Nick Winikoff| Posted on 2018-02-22 | ~7 min read

Traveling to wine country has become a major travel trend in the last few years. Winecations (Wine Vacations), have become hugely popular with many people traveling the world to find the best wine tours and destinations. Here I'm going to suggest the top 10 wine destinations, let you know how much the tours are going to cost and give you a description of what you can expect from these tours.

1) Bordeaux, France

Price: $156.68

Experience the fine wines and rich culinary culture of Bordeaux on a full-day food tour of the rich winemaking region. With an expert gastronomic guide, visit four esteemed wine estates and feast upon a lunch of local specialties at an acclaimed restaurant.

Gaze at the picturesque vineyards of the Margaux wine region; take a tour of the cellars and vat rooms of four Margaux chateaux, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Bordeaux in an air-conditioned coach.

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2) Sausalito, California

Price: $155

Come on the all-new Sausalito Food and Wine Tour, a culinary experience of Sausalito's downtown village with colorful, renown restaurants with an option to include wine. Given Sausalito’s popularity with tourists, we have created the town's first small-group-walking-tour, interspersing culinary delights with delicious bites of local history.

Sausalito boasts a handful of famous restaurants with stunning views accessible from Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco and is a perfect place to spend a morning exploring amazing views while sampling from a multi-restaurant menu. This tour is a pairing tour for those who opt for wine, it is all-inclusive and more than handles enough food for your lunch on the day of your experience.

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3) Portland, Oregon

Price: $100

Go wine tasting near Portland in Willamette Valley, stopping at three wineries such as Colene Clemens Vineyards and Montinore Estate. With more than 250 of Oregon’s wineries calling Willamette Valley home, there are plenty of varietals to suit individual tastes, from the region’s distinctive pinot noir to gold-medal chardonnay.

With a knowledgeable guide, you'll visit a handpicked selection of small-town vineyards. Numbers are limited to 10 wine lovers on this small-group tour.

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4) Niagra Falls, Canada

Price: $80

Private, Custom Tour. Visit wineries small & large as you travel deep into Niagara wine country. Stay near the Lake or explore the Escarpment, on this cross section tour of Niagara's Wine Region. Tour takes 5 hours and includes chocolate factory tour & tasting. Let us make the day all about you. See, taste and experience only what you want. We will build you a great custom itinerary.

The classic cool-climate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc flourish here, the region also boasts over 40 other thriving varietals across 13,600 acres. The Niagara Peninsula continues to shape a rapidly expanding premium wine industry in Canada as the home to approximately 55% of Ontario's VQA wineries. So why not take a weekend to venture off the beaten path and visit some of these great small wineries… your next favorite bottle may be waiting just around the corner!

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5) Crete, Greece

Price: $137.50

From pure olive oil to organic wines, locally produced cheese to a unique smoked apaki, this tour will let you taste all the treasures of Crete! We’re heading to a training centre dedicated to sustainability by supporting small-scale family businesses. Taste some treats, learn about local flora, and pick up a few tips for making your everyday life more environmentally friendly.

On this island that has been inhabited before Minoan times, the architecture varies from town to town, all due to Crete’s long history and the many occupations it’s had from foreign cultures. But tonight, we’re going to host you in a venue that’s the first of its kind in Europe! On this Crete tour, we’re heading to a sustainable facility that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.

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6) New York, New York

Price: Price Upon Request

Do you prefer wine, beer or whiskey? Or do you like all three?! Awesome, let's go! This private New York tour will take you and your group to three local producers of your preferred nectar, and give you insight into their craft (or is it art?). Plus, we've got plenty of tastings along the way.

How are they making wine in the city? Where is the vineyard? These wineries are operating in the tradition of the urban winery, in which the grapes are grown nearby, harvested, and brought into the winery where the rest of the process occurs. So while the vines are not on-site, they are local, and getting grapes delivered from vineyards is actually quite common in the industry, even with wineries that are located right in the vineyards. The wines are outstanding and showcase the growing wine regions of New York State.

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7) Cognac, France

Price: $311

Explore the famous Grande Champagne region with an English speaking local guide and driver, visiting vineyards where the best cognacs are produced.

The day with your guide starts with the visit of a traditional cooperage inactivity, where will be presented a millenary handicraft essential to the brandies aging process.

In the afternoon, you will meet two cognac producers during a private tour of their wine cellars and distilleries.

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8) Hoboken, New Jersey

Price: $75

A Pair Wine Tour is a fantastic way to learn everything you ever wanted to know about wine, while discovering new restaurants and meeting new people! You'll visit two restaurants and one wine shop on a sommelier lead walking tour through beautiful and historic Hoboken N.J..
Over the course of your two-hour tour, you'll taste and learn from six world-class wines, learning food and wine pairing and blind tasting techniques while enjoying delicious bites at our restaurant stops thoughtfully prepared with ideal pairing in mind.  Our last stop is a well-curated wine shop where you'll learn how to read wine labels, get tips on the best wine regions for value and if you choose to, take advantage of the 10% discount on all wine purchases you receive as a wine tour participant.

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9) Venice, Italy

Price: $138.79

Forget the gondola! Go local in a Venetian boat taxi that’ll take you through the city’s lesser known canals. View Venice from the water while riding past main sites such as Rialto and San Marco, and heading into the local neighbourhoods of Cannaregio or Castello. Finish it all up with an aperitivo of local wines and cicchetti at sunset.

You’ll start your Venice boat tour at the Rialto Fish Market pier, in the oldest area of Venice, right in the heart of the city. From there, we’ll climb into an oh-so-stylish Venetian taxi boat that will take us along the Grand Canal, crossing beneath that famous Rialto Bridge — a must for anyone who wants that classic Venice view.  

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10) Kansas City, Missouri

Price: $71.50

knowledgeable, expert driver and guide as you sample three wines at three or more stops both within the urban core and at nearby vineyards. Get exclusive insight into the inner workings of an urban winery and discover Kansas City's burgeoning wine scene.

Ever wondered what an urban winery looks like and how it operates? Curious about why early brewers first decided to cultivate hops as a superior alternative for brewing beer than other flowering plants? Want to know why whiskey producers use copper stills to distill flavorful spirits from sour mash?

Kansas City has seen an explosion of interest in craft beers, fine wines, and small production spirits in recent years, and larger numbers of people than ever before have started asking themselves these questions. This tour offers you the opportunity to answer some of these questions and more during a five-hour adventure trekking across Kansas City's urban core and outlying areas discovering what's happening in the urban wine scene.

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Anyone of these destinations is sure to be a good time. These tours are a great way to have fun and experience something new while traveling all while being affordable.

If you have any other destination that you feel should be on this list please comment and let me know what you think.


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