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Are you looking for a Zen wine tasting experience in France, an airborne adventure or some fresh air and exercise on your wine tour? Bordeaux can tick all these boxes.

Vevey will be hosting the Vintners’ Festival from July 18 to 11 August 2019

Once a generation, the unique Vintners’ Festival pays tribute to the wine traditions and the work of Vaudois winegrowers and vineyard hands. The festival is organised by the “Confrérie des Vignerons with the help of thousands of volunteers. Thanks to this commitment, the festival has been Switzerland’s first living tradition to be recognised by UNESCO. More than 1,200 singers and musicians as well as 5,500 extras in costumes will perform on an ephemeral stage that was purpose-built on Vevey’s Place du Marché next to Lake Geneva. There will be twenty performances to an audience of 20,000 spectators each.

If you think you will spend an hour sipping the most varied wines, think again, because your task here is much harder: you must help save the Port Wine!

So you’re not a wine lover (hey, it happens). Believe it or not, there’s plenty to do in San Francisco and the Napa Valley besides comparing Pinots and Merlots. Here are a few of our favorite things:

If you want an unforgettable experience when you visit the Rioja wine country, go on a pincho tour instead of a sit-down lunch or dinner. ‘Pincho’ is the northern Spanish version of the classic Spanish ‘tapa’. It has evolved from a simple plate of olives placed on top of your drink (‘tapar’ in Spanish means ‘to cover’) to highly complex dishes that show off the creativity of the chefs in our region. You will soon discover that the kitchen staff in bars here are not simply spatula-wielding food flippers, but rather culinary school- trained chefs.  

If you’ve ever wondered how you can balance wellbeing with wine, this new series of events in Mendoza could be the answer. ‘Yoga por los Caminos del Vino’ (Yoga on the wine route) is in its second season with two months of outdoor yoga sessions taking place in wineries in Mendoza from 10 March through 4 May.

 

If you ever wanted to be a spy like Sherlock Holmes or at least just pretend to be one, then there is one spot in Mainz and Rheinhessen you must not miss! The Domhof winery in Guntersblum is just the perfect place to set the setting of Holmes‘ 19th century. In fact parts of the winery even date back to the 12th century: http://www.weingut-domhof.de/erleben

The Harvest Festival 2019, develops an intense calendar with tourist-cultural activities that include district harvest festivals and folk festivals that start at the beginning of the year and finish the first days of March in the city of Mendoza with the central act of the National Harvest Festival.

Only 40 minutes separate Viña del Mar from Casablanca, halfway between Santiago and the coast, so for some it is just a stop on the way. However, Casablanca Valley can be transformed into an unforgettable destination to live a wine experience in family.

Mendoza is a hub of exciting Argentine gastronomy with some excellent chefs creating unique menus in wineries and restaurants around the wine region. Pablo del Rio, Pablo Raena, Matías Aldasoro, Nadia Heron and Vanina Chimeno are all top chefs to look out for and reserve a spot in one of their restaurants on your visit to Mendoza.

 

If there were, however, just one chef to visit in Mendoza, it would likely be Lucas Bustos: a busy entrepreneurial chef who serves up fine dining in three notable wineries in Mendoza as well as consulting for a distillery and other restaurants.

 

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