Wine appreciation & wine tasting courses



US flag Active Gourmet Holidays
based: Connecticut, USA
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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 | walk/trek/hike | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |


Agriturismo Villa La Rogaia
based: Umbria, Italy
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Offering a wide range of creative classes including Argentine tango, painting, stone carving, Italian cooking and culinary travels in Tuscany and Umbria. Classes take place at Villa La Rogaia an outstanding wheelchair friendly country house in Umbria with pool. They serve delicious food with products from their organic farm.

| salsa | tango | cookery | wine | gastronomic | painting/drawing | sculpture/carving | Italian language | groups | seniors/silver surfers | for people with a disability | Italy |


Cruise Croatia

based: California, USA & London, UK

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Specialists in luxury small ship cruises in Croatia, offering a fleet that's the best and newest in coastal Croatia, visiting the best destinations in the country. As well as Superior and Deluxe cruises, they offer bespoke cruise-tour packages and themed cruises such as their Game of Thrones or wine cruises.

| tailor-made | lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | theme cruises | wine | Croatia |


usa flagFood N' Wine Vacations five star Featured Site

based: Georgia, USA

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tuscany wine cellar Holidays and tours in Europe, focusing on people and places, discovering their history and traditions, exploring their landscapes, and tasting their foods and wines. They drive through beautiful landscapes, stay at charming private estates, taste regional specialties, and share wines with their makers at local wineries and vineyards.

| wine | France | Italy | Portugal | Spain |


uk flagFrench House Party Carcassonne

based: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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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
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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 |



based: Geneva, Switzerland

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Positive travel experiences from day activities through to accommodation and travel packages. Positive.Travel is an independent organisation and social enterprise aiming to develop and promote best practice and standards for responsible, sustainable travel. Profits go to the Global Forest Fund and other forest conservation causes, for reforestation and associated community projects.

| sightseeing | mountain biking | animals/safari | diving/snorkelling | gastronomic | wine | sailing (large boat/sail ship) | ranching | whale/dolphin watching | weaving | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide |

uk flagShearings five star Featured Site

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Shearings logoWine, beer and whisky tours in the UK, Europe and beyond, by coach and air. Enjoy expert-led tastings, visit vineyards, learn how real ale, traditional cider and Guinness is brewed, or take a tour of Scotland and Ireland's fascinating distilleries.

| wine | beer/pub | whisky tours | cider tours/making | UK | Europe | Australia | New Zealand |


uk flagSmiling Grape Adventure Tours

based: Cambridgeshire, UK

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Exclusive, worldwide, off-the-beaten-track, adventure holidays for foodies, beer and wine lovers. Smiling Grape Adventure Tours are the travel arm of award-winning independent wine merchant The Smiling Grape Co.

| wine | worldwide |


uk flagTourRadar five star Featured Site
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Tourradar logoA selection of Worldwide wine tasting breaks, holidays and vineyard tours, from over ten different tour operators. Trips range from 3 to 9 days and are available all over the globe, including: France, Moldova, Spain, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Australia, and New Zealand.

| wine | Europe | Worldwide |


Trails and Vines

based: Norfolk, UK

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Running holidays in the World's most beautiful wine regions, including Rioja (Spain) and Bordeaux (France) – perfect locations to improve your running and then reward yourself with delicious local wine and food. Offering a mix of leisurely runs and structured sessions, you'll go home feeling challenged, but also like you've had a holiday!

| running/athletics | wine | retreats | Spain | France | England |


uk flagTravel Butlers

based: Surrey, UK
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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 |


Unforgettable Greece

based: California, USA

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Award-winning luxury travel company to Greece (offices in London, San Francisco and Melbourne) designing customized tours, cruises and vacation packages. Their team of travel experts create unique itineraries to guests exact requirements. Vacation types include: food & wine, honeymoon, cruise & sail, family & beach, culture & heritage, wellness, and adventure.

| tailor-made | gastronomic | lake & river cruises | ocean cruises | historical tours | sightseeing | wine | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | wedding/honeymoon | family | Greece | Turkey |



based: Reggio Emilia, Italy
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International tour operator focused exclusively on wine and food tours and holidays all over the world. Working with carefully selected wineries and offering the best wine experiences, they are passionate about wine, food and tourism.

| gastronomic | wine | Europe | Worldwide |


Enjoy Slovakia

based: Bratislava Region, Slovakia

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Tours showcasing the best wines and gastronomy of the country, week-long tours combining time in Bratislava, with a programme featuring Slovak cultural history and wine making.

| wine | tailor made | Slovakia |


Fine Wine Tours

based: North Island, New Zealand

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Year round exclusive wine tour packages around Auckland, New Zealand, hosted by wine writer Phil Parker.

| wine | New Zealand |





You don't need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy a wine tasting trip; these days vineyard tours cater for all levels of interest – combine this with fine cuisine and wonderful scenery and you have the perfect wine-lovers holiday. This section lists wine appreciation and wine tasting holidays, vacations and courses all over the world – covering everything from relaxing trips away to wine growing regions, visiting wineries and vineyards; to classroom courses, at home or away, focused on wine education.


Vineyard tours and tastings can be relaxed affairs where the aim is to just enjoy the wine and perhaps take advantage of an opportunity to buy a local wine direct from the maker. More serious wine appreciation courses may cover things like the identification of grape varieties, distinguishing flavours and aromas, and the comparison of different wines. Courses may also deal with aspects such as tasting techniques; wine production; vintages; common wine faults; wine strength; buying, storing and serving; organic wine; and food matching.