In so many European countries, grapes have been grown and wine has been made for centuries. From Bulgaria and the Balkan countries, to the well known western European countries of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Greece, the varieties of grapes and wines are a pleasure to discover. Each wine tour of Europe also gives an opportunity to discover the excellent food of each region. Indulge yourself with a guided Wine Tour!
In France, the Bordeaux, Cognac, Burgundy, Champagne regions are probably the best known around the world, but there are plenty of other regions, which means that wherever you go in France you will find some good local wine. Brittany and Normandy are better known for the cider and calvados, but try another region like Provence, where you can taste 100's of different rose style wines; fresh, crisp and clean, with a light fruity taste, it is the best wine to match a salad lunch in the summer.
Probably the second best known wine country - if you listen to the French! And who doesn't enjoy a wine tour in Italy? Best known are the Prosecco, Asti, Chianti, Sangovese, Lambrusco, Montepulciano and a whole range of Tuscan wines. Take a wine tour in Italy and you will not want to return home.
Spain's wine regions include Catalonia, Andalucia and Galicia, but you will find many others as you explore this beautiful country on a wine tour. Portugal's Douro valley has a whole range of wines, the douro reds having gained huge popularity in recent years. Who has not heard of the Alicante Bouschet and the Mateus Rose? Trendy wines in the 70'2 and 80's when evryone had a Mateus Rose wide botle made into a lamp with a straw shade on top. But a wine tour in Spain or Portugal will reveal much more than that.
Lesser known but producing excellent wines for centuries are countries such as Greece, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Montenegro, where vineyards were planted centuries ago, often before they arrived in Italy and France. The Romans brought many vines and the art of wine-making from the eastern European countries to Italy, but the origin of grape vines came from much further east. A wine tour of Bulgaria may surprise you with the history of this ancient art.
Enjoy a week or more with a range of experts from the local region, visits to wineries, and opportunities for wine-tasting. There are many surprises in our Wine Tours Europe selection. Most of the tours are a week long and include accommodation, touring, tasting at wineries, good food in farms and restaurants. Also included are visits to local sites and significant historical places of interest. There is time to enjoy the scenery with tastings of local products with the wines, plus of course, excellent dining. If you haven't already done so, check out the 'Food Tours Europe' category. Book a Food Tour and a Wine Tour!