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 |



based: Italy
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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 |


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 |


Next Japan Travel

based: Kyoto, Japan

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Discover Japan on tailor-made holidays in Tokyo, Kyoto and right across the country. Next Japan Travel offer all sorts of tours and a wide range of activities on customized schedules designed to suit each client. Popular itineraries include: Japanese tea ceremony, cooking courses, sake brewery tours, Zen meditation and calligraphy.

| tailor-made | sightseeing | meditation | calligraphy | cookery | gastronomic | wine | Japan |


uk flag Sapienza Travel
based: London, UK
Sapienza Travel offer a range of cultural holidays, singing and painting holidays, and visits to opera festivals in Europe. The tours have a narrative running through them which tells the stories of the cities visited and of the people who lived there throughout history.
| singing | painting/drawing | historical tours | ballet/opera | art appreciation | wine | city breaks | groups | escorted tours | singles | Western Europe |


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 |


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 |


uk flagVineyard at Stockcross

based: Berkshire, UK
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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

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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.