The arrival of a new year brings new or renewed resolutions. One resolution that typically lands on many Top 5 lists is travel. While Rhone, Napa, and Marlborough are on many wine lovers travel lists, here are five unique destinations that are sure to satisfy the oenophile in your life.
Located in the picturesque Willamette Valley, Equestrian Wine Tours offers views of various vineyards by horseback. $195 dollars provides you with a 2.5 hour tour on your very own Tennessee Walking Horse through the Red Hills of Dundee. For the less adventurous, carriage tours are also available.
A Safari? In Malibu? Why not? Tour the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard via an open air safari vehicle and encounter zebras, camels, and even a giraffe. The Vintner Tour is available for $120 dollars and includes 2 hour tour including a visit with exotic animals, a tour of the Chumash cave paintings, a wine tasting of 8 wines, and a cheese and charcuterie plate.
Take a trip to one the most romantic places in New York. Belhurst Castle is home to wine, craft beer, and cider, which is sure to please just about any couple. Stay overnight in the castle or in the adjacent manor and see everything the Finger Lakes has to offer. A Wine and Cheese flight is available for $10 dollars and includes a tasting of five cheeses that are paired with five estate wines.
Does wine pair with barbecue? Find out with a trip to the Becker Vineyards. The estate tasting room opened in 1996 and offers a variety of tasting experiences. The Reserve Tasting is available for $60 and includes a behind the scenes tour of the production area along an exotic wine and cheese pairing.
If you want to rack up those frequent flyer miles take a trip to Lamega, Portugal for a stay inside of a wine barrel. Quinta De Pacheca offers these unique suites that are located in walking distance to the vineyards. Rooms are available starting at $250 dollars per night and include all the comforts of a modern hotel room.