1. Awaken your senses – It ought to go without saying, but our taste buds are the most important tools a wine lover possesses. Keep yours fresh and ready during the tour by avoiding strong flavours like coffee, tea and tobacco, which might otherwise hinder their ability to taste. Smell is also crucial, so don’t wear any heavy fragrances, such as strong perfumes or aftershaves, that could distract your nose from the delicate scents in the glass
2. Pace yourself – We will be trying lots of different wines each day on tour, and if you want to enjoy the last as much as the first you’re going to need to pace yourself. It may seem criminal to spit out the good stuff, but making use of spittoons during tastings will allow you to experience a full sense of the flavour without being gradually weighed down by alcohol content. Fear not: there will be ample opportunities to enjoy a full glass (or several) with our meals!
3. Ask the experts – There’s no need to read up on where you’re going before you arrive – unless you have the time and inclination. Our expert wine guides are trained to know all the ins and outs of our featured wineries and vintages, so if you have a question about what you’re drinking, don’t be afraid to ask them
4. Save some space on the wine rack – When it comes to quaffable souvenirs, prepare to be spoilt for choice. If room in your suitcase is tight, the vast majority of our winemakers on tour will happily arrange overseas delivery to your home, with crates and bottles for sale at cellar-door prices
5. Enjoy it – With all our wine tours featuring luxurious accommodation, delicious meals, fascinating talks, and friendly faces aplenty, you’re in for a heavenly holiday like no other. Leave the stresses at home and get set for a fabulous time.