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Wine appreciation courses and wine tasting holidays, tours and vacations in the UK, abroad in Europe and worldwide. Holidays and courses with the emphasis firmly on the tasting, many of these will be classroom/conference room/centre based courses that look at wines away from their areas of production and compare and contrast different wines.

 


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Wine appreciation & wine tasting courses

usa flag Active Gourmet Holidays
based: Connecticut, USA
website: activegourmetholidays.com
Culinary vacations in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Morocco and Greece that include three or four star accommodation, cooking lessons with local chefs, vineyard visits with wine tastings and wine education, visits to markets and local food producers, gourmet meals. Holidays can be paired with walking, hiking, biking, yoga, language lessons and more.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | walking/trekking/hiking | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |

Barcelona Inside & Out
based: Barcelona, Spain
website: barcelonainsideandout.com
Original, bespoke holidays, honeymoons and adventures in Catalonia, Barcelona and other handpicked areas. All holidays are tailor-made and offer unique adventures that bring together authentic local experiences with the very best of these vibrant and beautiful parts of Spain.
| tailor made | sightseeing | wine (appreciation/tasting/tours) | gastronomic | family | wedding/honeymoon | Spain |

Florenceforover50s
based: Italy
website: florenceforover50s.it
Florence cultural vacations for seniors, individual travellers, couples, two friends travelling together, women travelling on their own. Ideal short stays living with an Italian host family in Florence in excellent homes for comfort and quality with private room and private bath for guests. Breakfast and evening meal included in prices.
| singles | seniors | women | art appreciation | cookery | wine | shopping | sightseeing | tailor made | music tours/appreciation | city breaks | Italy |

uk flag French House Party Carcassonne
based: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
website: frenchhouseparty.co.uk
Cookery, arts or leisure holidays in high-class private property near Carcassonne with great French cuisine and wines. Recommended in "100 World's Best Vacations" book. Eight-bedroomed accommodation has pool, tennis and boules. Tutored courses include painting, books, creative writing, songwriting, movie-making and Gastro Academy with top French chefs.

| cookery | gastronomic | wine | groups | weekends/short breaks | songwriting | writing | film/video | team building | weddings/honeymoons | painting/drawing | France |

Naturellement Français
based: Occitanie–Languedoc, France
website: naturellementfrancais.fr
Get immersed in the French language and culture with a combination of tailor-made French courses and multi-activities. Choose the program that fits your professional and personal needs. While your French teacher accompanies you, taste French gastronomy, go hiking or horse-riding in the Mediterranean landscape, canoe on the lagoon, meet locals ...
| French language | tailor made | escorted tours | multi-activity | team building | cookery | wine | walk/trek/hike | horse/pony trekking | canoe/kayak | France |

uk flag Travel Butlers
based: Surrey, UK
website: travelbutlers.com
African safaris and beach holidays – Travel Butlers are specialists in tailor-made safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia; and beach holidays to Indian Ocean islands including Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.
| animals/safari | photographic safaris | walking/trekking safaris | horseback safaris | diving/snorkelling | wedding/honeymoon | wine | South Africa | Kenya | Tanzania | Namibia | Mauritius |

uk flag Vineyard at Stockcross
located:
Berkshire, UK
website: Vineyard at Stockcross
Highly rated hotel that's a must for food and wine lovers. As well as excellent food served in their two Michelin Star restaurant and created by their award-winning chef, there's an amazing wine list made up of over 2,000 wines, 500 of which are Californian, offering the largest Californian wine list anywhere in the world.

| wine | England |

Enjoy Slovakia
based: Bratislava Region, Slovakia
website: enjoyslovakia.com/...SlovakiaWineTour
Slovakia Wine Tour showing the best wines and gatronomy of the country.
| wine | tailor made | Slovakia |

Fine Wine Tours
based: North Island, New Zealand
website: insidertouring.co.nz
Year round exclusive wine tour packages around Auckland, New Zealand, hosted by wine writer Phil Parker.
| wine | New Zealand |

Vine Adventure
based: Loire Valley, France
website: vineadventure.com
Wine tasting holidays with vineyard rambles based in the Saumur appellation.
| wine | France |

     
 

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The travel-quest wine appreciation and tasting section is intended for listing holidays and courses where the primary focus is on wine education, including wine identification, tasting and appreciation, the identification and distinguishing of grape varieties and identify flavours and aromas. These holidays, breaks and courses may be held in a vineyard or winery, or equally they may be held a location away from wine growing areas and not related to the production of wine such as a hotel conference room, an activity centre or classroom. The emphasis should be on the tasting and comparison of wines from different areas and countries, comparison between grape varieties and wine making styles, and the identification of tastes, aromas and flavours. Courses may also deal with aspects such as tasting techniques; wine production; vintages and their importance; common wine faults; wine strength; looking at the 'legs'; buying, storing and serving; organic wine; and wine and food matching.

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