How do you choose a vineyard to visit on holiday?
I don’t know about you, but I often want to visit a vineyard that’s got the best wine, or history, or both. I don’t want to visit the vineyard with the best search results or highest rank for ‘great wine tour experiences packages five stars’ on TripAdvisor. Or at least not necessarily. This too was a question I was posed this week.
When we went to Provence last year, we had the same question.
My starting point was to dig into some wine reviews of the area. I used Jancis’ database to filter by Provence and then dig into the reds only. I then read through countless reviews, finding wines I thought I’d like to try.
Then it’s a case of emailing the vineyards and seeing if they accept tours. We were a group of 10 last year so that’s always worth checking. (10 English trying to visit often seems to signal to a vigneron, that it might be worth remembering that you and your family are away all week - no, until the end of the month).
Speaking the local language helps – in France, especially. If you’re relying on English-speaking, be prepared for less choice. Say you’re looking to visit, taste their recent wines, and hear about the history of the vineyard.
If all that seems like a bit too much work, then a website like Winerist
, helps specifically with things like this.