Here is an idea: plan your next holiday around a vineyard experience! Either spring or fall, we can find a vineyard ready for picking. Or go anytime just to see and taste. Here are few with great accommodations.
What is your preferred grape? Where would you like to go? Spain, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, France, Western Australia and of course closer to home in Canada and United States, you can have a great wine tasting experience. Here are a few most unusual suggestions:
Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain is a spectacular building designed by Frank Gehry. The 43 rooms have the most luxurious amenities and you can book a tour of the winery, a wine tasting or even a horseback ride.
Alluvia Stellenbosch Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa is in the midst of this famous wine region. It is an award winning wine estate coupled with luxury accommodations. The Cabernet Sauvignon is their best. From here you can also fly fish, golf, and hike and of course tour the ‘fairest’ cape, Cape Town.
Tenuta La Badiola, Badiola, Italy spans over many acres. It has a 1 Michelin star restaurant, ‘Trattori Toscana’ to pair along with their white grapes and virgin olive oil. (That is enough for me. I am ready to go!)
Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France just opened in a 19 C castle in southern France. It has been extensively restored as a boutique winery, luxury hotel and villa estate. The last bottling at the Chateau was in 1988. Now in 2011 we can taste great vintage wines.
Call and ask for suggestions in the USA, Canada and other unique locations. I have a great list from which to choose. We can put together a most wonderful holiday.
P.S. Of all the vineyards I have seen, the most beautiful are in the Champaign region of France. The rolling hills of grapevines are so perfect. There are red rose plants along the side of the vineyards and roads. If beetles attack the roses first, this tells the farmers to spray!