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The Do's and Don'ts of a Beer Tour

Know Before You Go: The Do’s and Don’ts of a Beer Tour

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Going on beer tours can be a lot of fun – though most beer is made using the same process, you can still learn something new on every tour.  To help your beer tour experience go smoothly, here’s a few do’s and don’ts  to take into consideration before you go.

Beer Tasting SamplesDO try a few samples or a flight of beers before ordering a pint. It’s the best way to try a good variety of beers to help evaluate what that brewery does well. If you aren’t sure what you like, it’s also an economical way of figuring it out. If they don’t do a full sampler, ask for a tasting of a beer. Most breweries will give you a couple of ounces to try before getting a full pint.

DON’T wander off on your own while touring a brewery.  Not only is it rude but you could be putting yourself at risk of slipping and falling, burning yourself, or getting hit by equipment. So stay safe and stay with the group.

DO ask questions and chat up the bartenders, brew masters, other brewery workers, and your fellow beer tour guests. You never know what you might find out about the brewery, a particular beer, or hey, life in general. Also, if you genuinely like a beer, let the staff know.

DON’T just assume that food will be readily available at a brewery.  Most smaller breweries do not serve food, but a good number partner up with food trucks that may visit their breweries on a rotating basis. Or if a food truck isn’t available, you may have the option of bringing your own or ordering food to be delivered directly to the brewery.  Call ahead to check what the food options are before you go.

Beer-paired dinner

DO buy yourself a souvenir of a beer that is only sold at the brewery itself by either purchasing a bottle or if you aren’t flying home, bring your own growler to fill.

DON’T drink too much. Nobody likes that guy on a beer tour, plus the brewery or establishment you are at has every right to ask you to leave. So know your limits and pace yourself. And this should go without saying but, DON’T drive impaired.

DO try the food-beer pairing recommendations (if available), especially if you are at a beer-pairing lunch or dinner. It may not be what you would typically order on its own, but there is a reason the chef and brewmaster recommend the two together.

 

Have any Do’s or Don’ts of your own to add? Feel free to leave yours in the comments below.

Or put these to the test on our Belgium Beer Tour or Colorado Beer Tour.

 

 

 

 

Reasons to Tour Chilean Wine Country

6 Tantalizing Reasons to Tour Chilean Wine Country

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We recently posted 10 Reasons to Visit Argentina Right Now, but in case you needed even more motivation to visit South America, we asked Taste Vacations partner, Greig Santos-Buch, the founder of Winederlusting.com, to provide 6 tantalizing reasons to tour Chilean Wine Country.

For those of us who have a thirst for adventure, legendary scenery and complex wine without the price tag, one country is emerging amongst seasoned wine travelers as THE go-to New World wine destination. That country is Chile. But specifically, what makes this South American destination so special?

The Landscape is Incredibly Diverse

To begin, Chile is the second longest country in the world just behind Brazil. It spans roughly 4300 kilometers from North to South, with its widest point reaching no more than 356 km (only 112 miles!). The snow-tipped Andes Mountains dominate the landscape to the East, with the majestic Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountain Range bordering the West. To the North, you’ll find the Atacama Desert, which offers some of the clearest and driest skies in the world — a premier destination for stargazers. If you travel far to the South, you’ll eventually run into Antarctica, but not before passing through beautiful Patagonia.

Chilean Wine Country

There Are Over 13 Unique Wine Regions to Visit

As more and more producers from around the world become conscious of Chile’s undervalued terroir, the country has recently exploded with a number of high-quality wine producing sub-appellations. These span almost the entire length of the country, beginning as far North in Atacama as Valle Copiapo, all the way down to Valle Osorno.

Aside from a diverse array of soil compositions and microclimates, innovative producers are crafting deliciously balanced and refined white and red wines. Many of which you’ll likely already be familiar with (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay stand out particularly in quality). Plus, since the country is still so undervalued on the wine front, some of the finest wines of Chile can be acquired at local wineries and stores for as little as 2,000 CLP. You can learn more specifics about Chilean wine regions and their grape varieties on Winederlusting.com.

The Carmenere Grape Variety Finds Its Best Expression

A grape originating from and once believed to be best suited to the terroir of Bordeaux, France, Carmenere has essentially become Chile’s premier grape variety. This luscious red grape commonly produces black and red fruit forward wines, with no shortage of veggie-esque flavors — not unlike that of green bell pepper.

The largest area of Carmenere production is concentrated throughout Chile’s Central Valley, although plantings span as far north as the Maipo Valley — near Santiago — all the way down to the Southern appellation of Valle Maule. This grape is so popular to both locals and foreigners alike that there’s actually an entire festival dedicated to its greatness during the third week of March every year in the Maule Valley.

Chilean Wine Country

Chile’s Geographical Location is Convenient

Chile is a convenient travel destination, but not because it’s necessarily easy to get to or navigate. Rather, it’s located near several other highly sought-after travel destinations.

For those of us looking to taste the best wines of South America, Chile’s Central Valley is also conveniently located next door to Argentina’s Mendoza wine region. If Carmenere is the Chilean Central Valley King of Grapes, Malbec is undoubtedly Mendoza’s.

On the other hand, if you’re the kind of traveler that craves unparalleled outdoor scenery and hiking, Patagonia offers some of the finest in the world.

The Country is Affordable

Nomads and families alike who are looking to travel on a budget will enjoy touring most of Chile, although the further South you venture towards Patagonia, the more expensive things tend to get. In Central and Northern Chile, cost of living is just about half that of London, and public transport is widely accessible and cheap. In recent years, infrastructure throughout the country has improved dramatically, with very well maintained highways, bridges, and roads.

Chilean Wine Country

The Climate is Ideal for Both Vines and Travelers

Although there is an incredible amount of geological diversity throughout the country, the best wine producing regions (Central) receive a Mediterranean climate. For the most part, one can expect long, warm sunny days, with cool and crisp evenings. Snowmelt from the Andes helps to hydrate vines during the Summer season, while Winter tends to bring more rain. Even if you travel to Chile during the Winter (which happens to be Summer in the Northern Hemisphere), the season is often referred to as a “just-so Winter” — indicating that they can be chilly, but not obnoxiously cold.

Winederlusting.com, a Taste Vacations partner, is a premier media source for all things travel and wine. Our aim is to help our audience learn, grow and better plan their wine journeys around the world. We think of wine as a vessel. A method that aids in tapping into the richness of life’s fruits. Travel is the best way to acquire true wisdom; Wine is just a hug in a bottle that makes the journey that much more pleasurable.

 

Join us in exploring Chilean Wine Country on the upcoming Chile & Argentina Wine Tour >>

Argentina

10 Reasons to Travel to Argentina Right Now

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A perfect balance of diverse natural beauty and diverse cultural experiences, Argentina is an ideal choice for your next vacation.  Wine lovers can sip on exceptional Malbecs with the majestic Andes Mountains as their backdrop in Mendoza, urban-types can discover the diverse and rich culture of Buenos Aires, and those looking to explore the great outdoors can trek through Patagonia. There is virtually something for everyone!

 

10 Reasons To Travel to Argentina Right Now

10 Reasons to Travel to Argentina Right Now1. Taste The Wine! – Over the past decade or so, Argentina went from being unknown in the wine world to becoming one of the fastest growing exporters of wine.  Malbec is Argentina’s flagship wine, and for good reason, but cabernet sauvignon, torrentes, and shiraz have all been making great gains recently as well.

2. Pay Less Fees – As of August 23, 2016, Americans no longer have to pay the $160 reciprocity fee when entering Argentina. Additionally, as of January 2, 2017, there is no longer a VAT or value-added tax for hotel stays for international guests. A few less fees and taxes can really add up, making your vacation cheaper.

3. Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Beef is a prime element of Argentine cuisine and Argentines take great care of their beef from grass-fed cows to their own cuts of meat to how they cook it. You can taste the difference as soon as you take your first bite of steak.

Patagonia4. Explore Patagonia – This expansive region that stretches across the southern most tips of Argentina and Chile is quite a remarkable destination.  Patagonia’s other-worldly landscapes and varied climates offer a range of experiences including relaxing along the coastline to observe its unique wildlife, cruising around by boat, or trekking across glaciers.

5. Take in a Tango, the dance of passion –  Tango is the official dance and music symbol of Argentina.  It originated in the late 19th century in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires in predominantly in the bars and brothels. It was regarded as a crude dance by the upper class until well into the 20th century. Now you can see this beautifully passionate dance performed at many venues ranging from street corners at open air markets to fancy black-tie dance halls.

6. Enjoy Flipped Seasons – Need to get away during North America’s winter cold? No problem! Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore has summer December – February.

7.  Wander Through San Telmo market – The San Telmo Market or the Feria de San Telmo, is one of the most popular and renowned events in Buenos Aires. Every Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm you can walk down aisle after aisle of unique artisan and antique booths, selling vintage jewelry, leather belts, pottery, trinkets, and more. It’s also a great spot to catch a free tango show!

10 reasons to go to Argentina8. Share a mate with friends –  Yerba mate is a tea that is very popular in Argentina and comes with its own set of cultural rules. It is typically sipped out of a hollowed out gourd through a bombilla, which is a metal straw with a filter at the end of it. Traditionally, the mate is meant to be sipped and then passed around a circle of friends. When you pass the mate, you are supposed to look the person in the eye and give it to them so that the straw is facing them. You are not supposed to move the position of the straw at all in order to avoid sucking in chunks of the tea.  Oh and don’t say thank you until you have had your fill of mate!

10 reasons to visit Argentina9. Indulge in Dulce de Leche – Dulce de leche is a traditional Argentine dessert sauce made of milk, sugar, and usually vanilla extract.  You can pour it over ice cream, fill pastries with it, scrape it on toast for breakfast, use it betwen layers in a cake, or frankly just eat it straight out of the jar.

10. Marvel at Iguaza Falls –  Named one of the seven new wonders of the world and consisting of over 275 separate waterfalls, Iguazu Falls does not disappoint.  When First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt first saw the falls, she reportedly exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!”

Taste Vacations offers a Chile & Argentina Wine Tour where you can experience several of these reasons for yourself, and those that aren’t included in our itinerary can be easily added on your own either before or after the tour.

Taste Vacations Sale

Don’t Miss Out – Sale on All International Tours!

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Still haven’t booked your 2017 vacation? Now’s the time to explore Spain’s incredible wine, Belgium’s renowned beers, or Peru’s delectable cuisine.

Book an international Taste Vacation from now until February 15th and receive $300 off *

This includes our:

So what are you waiting for? Make 2017 the year you decided to Savor Your World.

 

*Cannot be combined with other discounts and does not include private or custom tours.

Ways to Save for Your Next Vacation

7 Ways to Save Up for Your Next Vacation

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Have a dream vacation in mind but lacking the funds to make it a reality?  Check out 7 ways to save up for your next vacation without feeling like you are depriving yourself:

 

  1. Set Up a Separate Travel Fund Account To ensure that you don’t start using the money that you want to be saving for your next vacation, set up a separate savings account specifically for your travels. Just make sure you are choosing an account that doesn’t hit you up with too many fees.
  2. Make Automatic Deposits Most banks offer the ability to easily transfer money from one account to another. So once your travel account has been set up, start having a certain amount automatically transferred from your checking account each pay day. That way, you don’t even have to remember to log in to transfer it.
  3. Download a Money Saving App  Check out apps like Mint where you can consolidate your various accounts, set personal finance goals and alerts, and tag expenses by category. You can then pull reports in easy to understand charts and graphs and identify areas where you can slash excess spending.
  4. Reduce Your Energy Costs  Your water heater is most likely set higher than it needs to be. Go ahead and turn it down a few notches. Replace your regular light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Not only will you be going green, but you’ll save some money doing it.
  5. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize  At first saving money for your vacation will seem easy and maybe even fun.  But after a few weeks, you might lose track of your goal.  Try to keep it top of mind by leaving photos of your vacation destination around your house, office, or car.  The more you can stay focused on your goal, the quicker your savings will add up.
  6. Use Cash On Fun Spending If you’re like me then using cash for every transaction seems pretty daunting and unnecessary in today’s world. And life without a few treats here and there seems rather dull.  Instead of using cash for everything, try using it on things that are seen as wants rather than needs. Try taking out $50 of cash at the beginning of each week and only use it on things like coffee, tickets to the movies, etc. It will help you stop and think whether or not that purchase is really worth it. And if you have any money left at the end of the week, you can put it back into your bank account or roll it over to use in the next week.
  7. Use your Local Library First off, you are most likely already paying for the services of your local library through your taxes so why not use it? Secondly, you can save a good amount of money borrowing not only books but movies, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, and more, rather than purchasing from Amazon or other retailers.

Taking these small steps in saving can really add up over time and put you well on your way to booking your dream vacation.

Happy saving!

Vacation Planning

Never have to take a vacation from your vacation again

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Ever get home from a vacation only to feel like you need another week to recover from it? You have every intention of fully relaxing and enjoying every second of your trip … but somehow with trying to get from place to place with all your luggage on your own, figuring out what you actually want to do while there, and wishing you had planned out more details ahead of time, you end up exhausted.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure you had a wonderful and memorable vacation. But there is another way of taking a trip that takes away the stress of trying to organize all the details on your own. Next time try leaving the vacation planning to a travel professional.  Whether it’s through a tour operator on a set itinerary or a more customized trip through a travel agent, leaving the details to those whose job is to plan an amazing vacation for you will allow you to truly relax and fully enjoy something that you’ve most likely been looking forward to for months!

Reasons to leave the vacation planning to the professionals:

  • Save time Time is money and you can spend hours researching various aspects of your vacation on the Internet and still feel like you don’t have a good idea of what you want to do, where to stay, or where to eat. Save some time by letting a travel professional figure it out for you.  If you have your heart set on going to a specific restaurant or seeing a specific sight, let them know and they’ll be happy to build that into your itinerary.
  • Knowing where to go A lot of times we take vacations to explore new destinations. But unless you know a local that can show you around, you may not know the best places to visit while you’re there. Sure, you can do your own research ahead of time, but you may only be able to find the more touristy spots.  A travel professional has the knowledge and the connections to create a vacation for you that you may not have even known was possible.
  • Leaving the details to the pros Sit back and relax. When working with a travel professional, they’ll take care of making any reservation you might need including hotel, dinner, or excursions. All you have to worry about is showing up and enjoying yourself, instead of keeping track of every little detail you may or may not have thought about ahead of time.
  • Troubleshooting Sometimes things just don’t go as planned which isn’t always a bad thing.  But for the times when a major hiccup occurs during your vacation like a missed flight or a hurricane is heading your way, it’s great to know you have someone in your corner to help you work through your options. When on a group tour or when working with a travel agent, you have a fallback person that will help you figure out what needs to happen next and when possible, complete whatever task needs to occur.
  • Save money Tour operators and travel agents a lot of the time can get you better rates than if you just booked something on your own.  This is due to the travel professionals having existing relationships with local businesses or getting a discount because of bringing in a group of people rather than just you and your travel buddy.

Next time you’re planning your vacation, remove the stress of figuring out every little detail and contact a travel professional.

Lodi Vineyard - 5 myths about wine tours and why they are wrong

5 Myths About Wine Tours And Why They Are Wrong

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Wine + Travel can equal an unforgettable vacation.  But organized wine tours can seem a bit intimidating for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons are just misconceptions though and aren’t necessarily true. Here are five myths about wine tours – along with why they are flawed.

You have to already be a wine expert to enjoy a wine tour.

5 Myths about Wine Tours - Giovanni presenting about Italian wines

This is absolutely not true! The number one reason people travel in general is to learn and experience new things. Essentially, a wine tour’s purpose is to learn more about the vineyards, wineries, varietals, climate, cuisine, and even history of a specific region. What better way to learn about wine than through a hands-on experience? Even wine experts will admit that they don’t know absolutely everything there is to know about wine – it’s impossible! So don’t be shy while on a wine tour, ask as many questions as you’d like.

 
 
A vineyard in the mist - 5 myths about wine tours
 

Wine tours are expensive.

This one can be true for some wine tours – but if you do your research you can find ones that aren’t going to break the bank.  We at Taste Vacations offer a variety of wine tours that can fit a range of budgets.  For instance, our Sonoma Wine & Walking tour is only $1,200 for a 3-day trip with a personal wine guide. Or if you have more room in your budget and your calendar, you can take a 6-day Basque Country & Rioja Food & Wine Tour for $3,500.

 

 

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The only places to go on a wine tour is Napa Valley or France.

Yes, Napa Valley and regions in France like Champagne or Bourdeaux are extremely well known for their wines – but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy a wine tour to a lesser known region. In fact, you may enjoy it more. When you seek out the smaller wine regions, you begin to feel the passion of wine and winemaking. You can usually spend some quality time with the people behind the bar or even in the vineyards or cellars. Plus every wine region typically has one or two varietals they are known for so you won’t be lacking in good wine either.

 

Wine corks in a wine shop - 5 myths about wine tours

It’s going to be all about wine 100% of the time.

If you are booking a one-day wine tour, then yes your tour may be all about the wine. But if you are looking for a multi-day wine tour, you can find options that blend a few different interests into a fun and engaging itinerary. For instance, on our Tuscany Food & Wine Tour, you’ll not only taste some of the finest wines this region has to offer, but you’ll also enjoy truffle hunting with a local agriculturalist, dine with the president of the local La Strada dei Sapori, “The Road of Taste”, and learn about barista training and coffee roasting at an Italian cafe.  Though we love to learn about wine, we try to also provide a fuller picture of the region’s cuisine and culture.

 

Grapes in a vineyard - 5 myths about wine tours

People on wine tours are pretentious.

Yes, there are pretentious people in the wine industry – we know, we’ve met them. BUT that doesn’t mean everyone is. Honestly, we’ve met far more genuinely passionate people who are excited to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their wines. We’d like to think Taste Vacations fits into the latter category. We are serious about creating memorable wine vacations but like to keep things casual and fun. When researching a wine tour operator, pay attention to how they describe their tours. If it sounds pretentious online, there’s a good chance the tour will be that way too.

 

 

How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

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We are in the middle of the holiday season which for most people means traveling to and from family and friend gatherings. Not only does this mean that you may be vulnerable to your adorable little nephew’s cold that he got from daycare, but you are most likely getting exposed to a large number of other people who may be sick as well.  We thought it would be helpful to provide a few tips on how to avoid getting sick while traveling.

Drink More Water. 

Drink More Water - How To Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Staying hydrated can be one the best actions you can take in fighting off an impending sickness. It oxygenates your blood and flushes out harmful toxins from your immune system. It allows you to digest your food better saving you from potential stomach aches. And, it helps organs like your eyes and mouth to retain moisture and repel foreign particles or contaminants that could cause infections. So keep a water bottle with you whenever possible.
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Boost Your Immune System. 

You may already be taking a daily multi-vitamin but during cold season that may not be enough. Try taking a few Vitamin C supplements and using a nasal spray before you get on the plane.  The Vitamin C will help fight off the airborne germs that are sealed in once they close the cabin door of the plane.  The air is quite dry when flying so spraying a few puffs of nasal spray will help your nose stay moist and therefore able to flush out the germs.

Stay Active.

We get it – most holiday celebrations involve food and drink, but it’s important to stay active while traveling (or anytime really). One of the best ways to fight off unwanted germs or infections is exercise. It not only helps get rid of toxins in your body when you sweat, but it has been proven to strengthen your immune system. Instead of sitting on the couch after a big meal, gather your family or friends to head out for a nice long walk.

Wash Your Hands Frequently.

How to avoid getting sick while traveling - wash your hands frequentlyYou already wash your hands whenever you have used the bathroom (hopefully!) but when you are traveling and even during cold season in general, you should wash your hands more frequently. Just think of how many door knobs, counters, or arm rests you touch while you travel. Now think of how many other people are traveling through the airport or have been on the plane before you. Washing your hands more frequently helps prevent the germs that you’ve been in contact with throughout your day from getting into your system. Those anti-bacterial soaps that were so popular a few years ago have proven to be less effective – nothing beats good old soap and water.

Avoid Touching Certain Surfaces 

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid touching germy surfaces – you most likely will have to use the bathroom at least once on a longer flight, right? But there are a few other germy surfaces that can be more easily avoided.  The website, Travelmath, did a study of the dirtiest surfaces on an airplane and in airports. The number one offender was the tray table. They speculate that they are the worst due to the littler turnaround time airline staff have to clean a plane between flights – bathrooms on the other hand always get cleaned. You may want to think twice before placing food or even your laptop on a tray table, but if it can’t be avoided, the best thing to do is to wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your face, mouth, or eyes.

Hopefully, these tips will arm you against potential germs and help you avoid getting sick while traveling this holiday season – warm wishes and stay healthy!

Announcing: 2017 Prices Reduced Based On Your Feedback

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Starting with our 2017 tours, Taste Vacations will be changing the cost of our tours.
We will reduce the average tour cost by $920 and the average cost per tour day by $153.

Earlier this year, we sent out a survey asking for your input on various aspects of Taste Vacations’ offerings as well as your own personal travel preferences. The result? We found you like our tour offerings and our focus on providing truly memorable, authentic experiences. However, you are more focused on these experiences than you are staying in a fancy hotel.

That is good news – because we feel the same way!

With our sister company Zephyr Adventures, we have been running active tours around the world for 19 years with a focus on the local culture. We have always chosen centrally located, high-quality hotels but avoided the five-star options because, frankly, there is a large premium for those options.

However, when we started Taste Vacations, we strayed from this philosophy thinking that those interested in our food and drink tours would prefer that extra luxury. That was our error as it didn’t really reflect who we are and, we now know, it doesn’t reflect who you are either.

What does this mean in practice? We will still be staying primarily in four star hotels, seeking out the local option that is centrally located and with excellent service. We will be dropping five-star options that simply raise the cost of our tours without a corresponding benefit. And we have even dropped a couple of tours (Napa Valley Wine and Kentucky Bourbon) where the costs of the location made the tour expensive no matter the hotel.

The result is that $920 drop in our average tour price.

We are excited to move forward with this new direction and promise that, although we have reduced the cost of our tours, the quality of our unforgettable vacations will remain at the highest standard.

Haro, Capital of Rioja Wine Region

4 Interesting Facts about the Rioja Wine Region

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The Rioja wine region in Northern Spain is famous for its high-quality wines, scenic patchwork of vineyard-covered hills, medieval villages, and stunning winery hotels. It also has an incredible history, exquisite cuisine, and a captivating culture.

Here are 4 interesting facts about the Rioja wine region that you may not know:

 

1.  If wine were to stop being produced in Rioja today, the wine region could continue to provide wine for many years to come. This is due to the nature of the wines that are produced in Rioja as well as the labeling laws that have minimum age requirements which cause producers to hang on to their wine from anywhere between one and twenty years, depending on the type of label they are looking to classify their wine as, before releasing them to the public.  With their cellars filled with aging wine, producers could easily supply their customers with wine for many years.

 

2.  Rioja has phylloxera to thank for its fame.  Though the wine region dates back to the year 873, it gained popularity after French vineyards were devastated by phylloxera, a microscopic aphid that caused the Great French Wine Blight. Vintners flocked to Rioja and joined up with local vineyard owners to create the reds now known as Rioja. (You can also read about how Carmenere was saved from extinction by phylloxera)

 

3.  Variety is the spice of life – and Rioja’s got plenty.  Rioja boasts more than 600 wineries spread across the subzones of Rioja Alta, Alavesa and Baja. With over 140,000 acres of cultivated land, Rioja yields 250 million litres of wine annually, 85% of which is red. And since Rioja wines are typically a blend of a few varietals, you essentially have a never-ending wine tasting possibilities.

 

4.  Rioja hosts an annual wine fight.  Every year thousands of locals and tourists come together at the end of June to celebrate the La Batalla de Vino de Haro. As a part of the festival, people climb a nearby mountain and throw red wine on each other. Some might see this event as disrespectful being disrespectful to the wine itself … but it is quite the spectacle to watch!

Interested in checking out Rioja for yourself? There’s still room on the 2017 Basque Country & Rioja, Spain Food & Wine Tour!

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