Wine tasting has become popular beyond expectation. Thirty years ago it was a relatively exclusive experience. However, with more and more wineries in many states using their own special varietals to produce interesting wines, it’s become more of an activity that people do frequently. There are, however, some exclusive options that will provide you with that luxury wine experience you desire. If traveling and enjoying fine wines sounds like heaven, these trips are for you!
Vignamaggio Family Estate
The Vignamaggio Family Estate is a historical villa with gardens in the heart of Chianti in Tuscany. It is an Italian dream in and of itself. Its exclusivity comes in the fact that you’ll be tasting wine in an estate that has ties to Mona Lisa. Born Lisa Gherardini at the estate in 1497, you’ll have the option of staying in one of the rooms or apartments at her birthplace. You’ll also have the opportunity for a full tour of the estate to learn more about its history as well as the wine they produce.
Bordeaux Wine Tours by Bernard Magrez
A completely tailored experience, Bernard Magrez invites you to stay at his prestigious chateaux. He is the sole owner of four Grands Crus Classés, and also knows how to provide you with an experience that embodies the very essence of Bordeaux.
Savour a peerless and unforgettable experience deeply rooted in the land and the sea, acclaimed vineyards and historic dwellings, the art of viticulture and gastronomy, relaxation and escapism.
South American Luxury Wine Experience
Australian-based company Chimu Adventures (with offices in North America) specializes in exclusive, tailor-made travel through Antarctica, the Arctic, and also Latin America on small ship cruises. One of their best tours is the seven-day luxury wine experience. It begins in Santiago, Chile with a cultural tour and moves through a wine route in the Colchagua Valley on day two. Day three features a cooking demonstration and wine tasting in Lapostolle followed by more wine tasting at Vina Estampa. Your fourth day begins with an air transfer taking you to Mendoza for a visit to Lujan de Cuyo Wineries for lunch. Day five is all about the Finca Adalgisa Private Cooking Class. On day six, you’ll travel by air back to Buenos Aires for a half day city tour followed by a wine and also cheese tasting at Malbec’s Park Hyatt. Finishing up your tour on day seven with a goodbye as well as a transfer back to the airport.
Almenkerk Wine Estate
This small, family-owned wine estate in the Elgin Valley of South Africa is situated perfectly in the cool climate of the region making it perfect for growing their own varietals. They excel at the hands-on experience and also creating a custom exclusive experience for their guests. From workshops with wine experts to gourmet food, tastings, cellar tours, and also blending demonstrations, Almenkerk’s family touch will be one you won’t soon forget.
Almenkerk’s 100-hectare farm spreads over south-facing slopes surrounded by pristine fynbos and fairy-tale ravines. The high gravel and clay content eliminates the need for irrigation on the 15 hectares of vines.
Wineries across the United States are generally quite lovely and there are also exclusive options in Napa and Sonoma in California. We think, however, that taking an exclusive wine-focused vacation is truly unique travel. Give a luxury wine experience a try on your next trip. You will not regret it! If exclusive travel is your preferred mode, try Crystal AirCruises as well! So, tell us, which of these experiences will you try?