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Bordeaux may be an historical wine region, grapes have been grown and wine made here since Roman times, but rooted in the past does not mean stuck in it. There is a long history of innovation here, from introducing new aging techniques to produce the ‘New French Claret’ in the 17th century, to solving challenges such as mildew with the Bordeaux mixture in 1878 or the introduction of stainless steel tanks in the 1960’s.

An opportunity to be immersed in the Great Wine Capitals and learn from the world’s best is on offer for five lucky South Australians.

Adelaide | South Australia: A Great Wine Capital is offering five $5,000 bursaries to support South Australians travelling to and learning from one or more Great Wine Capitals, as part of the Great Wine Capitals Knowledge Exchange Bursary.

Looking for something unique to do in wine country? A once in a lifetime experience that will make your family and friends green with envy. Look no further: the Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm Ultimate Authentic Barossa Experience.

Valparaíso Casablanca Valley offers tourists many activities to enjoy as a couple, with friends or as a family. Nature and incredible landscapes are strong point of our wine country, for this reason vineyards offer excursions to enjoy every second the contact with vines, air and environment.

Wine, food specialities, culture, meetings and entertainment come together in a unique experience in Verona and Valpolicella.

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.  

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