People always ask “when is the ideal time to arrive at the wine country?” And the response we always give is May or June for great weather and fewer crowds and naturally September and October during the harvest period. Many times, however, those months may not correspond to the holiday time open to you.

January: Sicily

Appreciate the ski slopes of Etna one day and the shore the next! Sicily is a superb destination in the winter and provides diverse landscapes, gorgeous wines plus a fascinating architectural combination in Moorish to Norman, medieval to Spanish in li wine tours.

February: Alentejo

We´ve said Alentejo earlier, as being a fantastic alternative for a winter holiday excursion and state it ! While temperatures can surely be crisp and bracing chilly, sunlight is nearly always shining at the Alentejo in the winter, the abundant red wines will heat you up and you will find no crowds. The landscapes are enormous, with noble freshwater woods, Arabic castles and enormous vineyard-covered hills flanked by yellow and white Quintas. Stay in the fantastic Convento do Espinheiro close Évora and also spend a couple of days relaxing in this just beautiful, unspoiled wine area.

Amalfi Coast

What a superb region to go to in Spring! Naples is one of the most intriguing cities in Italy, also the residence of the Vera Pizza and also our favorite Archeological Museum on earth (with 99 percent of this group of mosaics in Pompeii). The wine country is more diverse and extensive here, Here’s a summary of tips on the best cellars and places to stay, things to do, etc


Andalucía (Southern Spain) is living with local fiestas and parties in April and a fantastic time to see Jerez, at the core of the Sherry wine country. Most bodegas (wine cellars) are situated right downtown and it’s among those very few wine regions in Spain which you are able to see without a vehicle. The Sherry wines are delicious, diverse and completely and completely undervalued. Seville is also a brief on one-hour rain ride off. Advice for a Fantastic place to Keep in Jerez here.


Bordeaux is your continuing wine destination in Europe and a”first” wine tour for wine fans. It’s pretty much a wine lovers’ fantasy. The town itself is fine and sophisticated, type of a miming-Paris with that a wide selection of sights, nice resorts, wine bars, wine stores, and gourmet restaurants. If time allows, spend time in neighbouring Dordogne, among the most breath-taking areas in Europe.

Long Island New York

When many wineries, especially the big ones such as Pindar, are available year-round, for the entire experience you will want to go if the weather is hot and there are outside events happening.

Late spring through November is a fantastic time frame for wine tours Long Island, however, if there’s a particular event that you would like to attend it is ideal to plan round the winery calendars.

What’s more, if you are on a budget you’ll be able to push yourself, however, this isn’t wise unless you have a buddy who genuinely just likes to observe wineries rather than imbibe (you wish to have the ability to drink, after all).

My best Advice:

Reserve a public excursion, such as a 10-hour Long Island Wine Tour from Manhattan, that can be Less Costly than a personal tour and includes lunch, tastings at three wineries and transportation to/from Manhattan

Wine cruise in Italy

This seven-night cruise has to count as one of the most relaxing ways to learn more about the wines and wineries of Italy. SeaDream’s 60-berth top-end”yacht” cruises the coast from Rome into Cannes, makes forecasts Elba, Livorno, Portovenere and Portofino and includes trips to vineyards and suburban tastings led by wine experts. There’s also a Winemaker’s Dinner.

Wine Voyage out of SeaDream Yacht Club ( from approximately #3,000 full-board but excluding flights.

Northern Spain 

This imaginatively planned travel across the north west of Spain begins from the Basque country with a visit to the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. It goes to unite touring, sightseeing walking (mild four to five seven-mile day walks) and wine tasting at the vineyards of La Rioja, Montsant and Priorat before finishing up in cave nation and Barcelona. While maybe not for serious wine fans, it is a terrific way to have a sense of the circumstance and terroir of a number of Spain’s best wines.

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