The Most Beautiful Wine Regions You Can Visit With Culture Trip

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Is the holiday of your dreams dominated by soft scents of earthiness and fruitiness, and the rich flavours of a full-bodied glass of the good stuff. Take wine travel to the next level with these Culture Trips that take you to the best vineyards and wine regions in the world.

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Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Valley – Complete Portugal by Train

The people of Portugal know how to enjoy the finer things in life. That includes sweet pastries, fresh seafood dishes and wine, which is grown all over the country, and features prominently in the first few days of our eight-day Portuguese Rail Trip. We start in gorgeous Porto, a city quite literally built by the wine industry, with direct river access to the Douro Valley. As far back as the 13th century barrels have been transported down the Douro via rabelo boats that you can still see in the city today. As exports to Northern Europe began, a happy accident came about when, in an attempt to better preserve the wine, the people of Porto stumbled upon the recipe for Port, a sweet fortified wine now synonymous with the city. You’ll get to learn all about this digestive treat as we go for a Port tasting in one of old cellars found along the riverfront. After that, we’ll head to the point of origin with a day trip to the splendid Douro Valley, perhaps Europe’s most spectacularly scenic wine region. We’ll stop at multiple viewpoints to enjoy vistas of rolling hills lined with vineyards, before hopping on a boat tour down the Douro and stopping for lunch at a local winery, where you can also sample the local tipples.

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Porto, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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Beautiful, old town of Lumbarda, once greek colony, located on Korcula island, Croatia with famout dalmatian architectural details made from stone

Lumbarda – Coastal Croatia

The many islands of Croatia are full of surprises, from abandoned military bases to ancient old towns, but we suspect your favourite discovery on this jaunt along the Dalmatian Coast will be the island of Korcula. More specifically, the village of Lumbarda and its surrounding sandy vineyards. We’ll take some bikes to get there, cycling past magical pine forests and olive groves en route. Once here you’ll get to learn all about the region’s fascinating wine history, most notably Grk, a white grape variety unique to this area, having been grown here for over 2,000 years. You’ll sample other indigenous wines like Pošip (white) and plavac (red) as well as Grk, before having some free time to explore the village and nearby sandy beaches – or you could just stay and sip more wine, we won’t judge!

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Split, Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Photo taken in the village of Shakriani, Kakheti, Georgia.

Kakheti – Georgia and the Caucasus

You might not guess it, but Georgia is actually the oldest wine producing region on the planet. People have been growing grapes high above sea level here, in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, for around 8,000 years. Much of the process historically relied on underground fermentation, storage and ageing in traditional clay vessels called Kvevri. You’ll learn all about this ancient technique on day four of our Georgia trip, when you’ll head to Kakheti, where you’ll watch a master craftsmen who still used the old ways today. You’ll follow that with lunch and wine accompanied by a traditional toastmaster, while on day five you’ll visit another local winery, where you’ll sample some of the country’s finest wines which, in some cases, are made in limited quantities by very small-scale producers. Expect Rkatsiteli and Saperavi grape varieties to feature heavily.

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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