Among the challenges facing Rioja wineries today is attracting discerning wine tourists who have no shortage of choices of wineries to visit. The most forward-thinking wineries here are moving away from the traditional model of “visit the winery, taste some wine and go to the gift shop” toward an approach focusing on the vineyards.  Explaining how the specific conditions in a particular vineyard – soil, microclimate, elevation, exposition to sunlight, grape varieties, farming techniques and the relationship of the vineyard to its habitat is a necessary step to gain a better understanding of what goes into a bottle of wine.

Rheinhessen has numerous wineries that set great store on sustainability – and the trend is rising. This is a sign that many wine-growing companies realise that sustainability and wine tourism are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Here are two examples.

Wine tourism is an economic model of sustainable development with a strong capacity of enhancement, playing a strategic rule in the distribution of tourist flows. It is certainly a sustainable restart model to take as an example.

Up until the end of the 1990s, winegrowers were making widespread use of chemical products to combat vine diseases, pests, deficiencies and viruses. The establishment of integrated production and proof of ecological performance (PEP) for winegrowing, the creation of Vitiswiss (the Swiss federation for developing sustainable winegrowing) and the Vaud association Vitiplus, and the launch of the Vinatura label have all helped to boost vine and wine professionals’ considerations and awareness in this area.

Adelaide, South Australia is a charming city, its easy layout with wide streets and grid design is highlighted by beautifully designed modern and historical buildings. The parklands, a protected strip of green space, surround the city and several city squares further reinforce the sense of open space. Wherever you are in this great city, you are only five minutes’ walk away from green space and fresh air. 

There are key elements to take into account for the development of a wine tourism destination to its full potential. Here we will list the fundamental requirements and we will tell you why Mendoza is one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world and a destination you cannot miss!

Bordeaux has a lot to offer for tourism and wine tourism in particular; the city and its wine region gathers all the ingredients to make it an excellent destination. Bordeaux is magnetic for wine lovers, discover why.

The basics for any place that wants to be known as a wine destination is, for sure, producing high quality wines. But is that all there is to it? Not even close.

Wine tourism is an ever-growing travel trend and its concept has been widened and developed over the years. If in the past it all came down to visiting a winery and tasting its wines, today it means much more than that.

Visitors may choose their destination driven by the desire of visiting a particular wine producing region or winery(ies), or end up visiting it while travelling for other reasons. Either way, they surely long for a unique and memorable experience.

Here is what makes Cape Town and the Cape Wineland's one of the best wine destinations:

Accommodation: La Residence Hotel

There is no better way to end off a tasting than with a leisure stroll through Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes vineyards on a 30-acre farm. La Residence, located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation in the Cape Winelands.

The Rioja region is a fantastic wine tourism destination.  We have it all - spectacular landscape, picturesque villages with their narrow cobblestoned streets and majestic churches, great wine and food, plenty of things do do when you're not eating and tasting wine in our wineries, and most of all, welcoming locals who go out of their way to make your experience memorable!