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Top Trips for Wine and Liquor Lovers

Drink your way around the world by booking your place on one of these unique TRIPS by Culture Trip – perfect for tasting local spirits and wines.
Richard Collett
13 Dec 2021
If you love the taste of a perfectly paired Tuscan red or can’t keep yourself away from a smoky mezcal, the best way to experience a new country and its culture is through a food and drink-embracing tour. From Italy to Mexico, these specially curated TRIPS by Culture Trip will appeal to all wine and liquor lovers – and food fanatics, too.
1. Italy, for Tuscan wine and rolling vineyards

Name a better place to go wine tasting than Northern Italy? Few other European destinations cause as much salivation as Italy and on this 10-day foodie trip, your thirst will be quenched and your appetite satisfied. Start with pizza and ruins in Rome as you bike through the capital on a hunger-inducing cycling tour that takes you to the Coliseum, the Forum and family-run restaurants. You’ll be left thirstier than ever after the next stage of this TRIPS by Culture Trip tour which takes you to Siena, Florence, Pisa, Levanto, Cinque Terre and Lake Como – with Italian wine at every stop, of course. This highlight for wine lovers is a vineyard tour in San Gimignano while the tour ends with even more wine tasting and dinner in Milan.

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2. Portugal, for local port and Douro and Alentejo wines

Taste and tour your way through Northern Portugal on this nine-day TRIPS by Culture Trip journey from Porto to Lisbon – via the Alentejo wine region and its many wineries, vineyards, restaurants, cafes and bars. This trip starts with a food tour of Porto, where of course, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste the local port. The Douro Valley is next – where you’ll enjoy fine wines, olives and a boat ride along the river before heading to the Atlantic coast at Comporta for a well-deserved beach day. The trip finishes with more wine and more food in Lisbon as you ride the yellow trams to the city’s best taverns and restaurants.

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3. Mexico, for salty lime-fresh margaritas

On this nine-day overland adventure with TRIPS by Culture Trip through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you’ll be sampling ancient drinks, smoky mezcals and homemade liquors in the Mayan heartland. However, your tour starts with flashy cocktails on the beach at Holbox – before you delve into history and cenotes at Chichen Itza. In Merida, you can try Pox – a traditional liquor that’s served in a ‘posheria’, before learning the culinary arts of Mayan cuisine at a Cochinita Pibil cooking session. The tour ends at the beach bars of Tulum – where you’ll learn how to craft tequila-based cocktails before you party away your last night in Mexico in style.

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4. New Orleans, for Sazerac, gin fizz and world-class bourbons

The birthplace of jazz is also home to seriously fresh Cajun seafood – and there’s no better way to wash down boiled crawfish than with an authentic Ramos gin fizz or a smooth Sazerac. You’ll experience music, seafood and classic cocktails on this four-day food and bourbon-filled TRIPS by Culture Trip tour of New Orleans – which kicks off with a steamboat cruise along the Mississippi River. Tour through the French Quarter of the city with a local musician, before experiencing live music at Preservation Hall and cocktail mixing classes at the New Orleans Drinks Lab. You’ll spend a day in the Louisiana Bayous, too, before ending the tour with a raucous night out on Bourbon Street – where you’ll experience first-hand the famous bourbon culture of New Orleans.

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5. The Scottish Highlands, for Scotch whiskey by roaring log fires

The Scottish Highlands turn into a winter wonderland in the colder months – and it’s the perfect season to sit back with a Scotch whiskey in front of a roaring log fire. But before you can enjoy the simple pleasures of a traditional Scottish pub, you’ll have the unique opportunity with TRIPS by Culture Trip to experience the dramatic, snowy landscapes of Glencoe on a snowshoeing adventure. There’s ice climbing and dog sledging, too – if you’re lucky, you might even glimpse the Northern Lights in the dark Highland skies. After all that, you’ll get to taste Highland chocolates and, of course, many a wee dram.

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