On occasions, my husband takes overnight business trips. To prevent loneliness, he often invites me to go along with him. Whenever I discover what city we will be visiting, I immediately start researching it. For instance, I map out landmarks we’ve never seen, restaurants with good reviews, entertainment options, and hotels that look appealing. By the time we get in the car, board the plane, or get on the train, every minute of our trip is already planned out. If your spouse travels frequently for work, consider mixing business with pleasure from time to time. On this blog, you will discover how to make the most of an upcoming business trip.
Wine tours are becomingly increasingly popular – and for good reason. After all, relaxing on a vineyard drinking wine sounds fun. Doesn't it? Unfortunately, booking a wine tour can be difficult because of its increased popularity. But don't let that deter you from your dream vacation. By following these four tips, you'll be well on your way to enjoying wine country.
1. Include Old and New Wineries
When planning your wine tour, be sure to visit both old and new wineries. Why? Because it will ensure you get a well-rounded experience.
Old wineries are a bit historic. You'll learn a lot about wine, the vineyard itself, and probably the family the owns it too. This might sound dull, but it's often a lot of fun. After all, you get to taste delicious wine and learn some tidbits about the area.
Newer wineries may not have as much history, but they are still fun to visit. Newer wineries often don't stick to old rules, which means you'll get to see (and often taste) some interesting and unique wines. Plus, you might get to see some new techniques or brewing methods.
2. Bring Along An Empty Box
It can also be helpful to bring along empty boxes for your tour. This might sound odd, but the reason is genius. Instead of paying for wine boxes to carry the wine you buy, you can save money by bringing your own. Keep them in the car to store any wine you buy at the vineyards. It'll stay safe and you'll save some cash. A win-win.
3. Don't Overbook
It can be very exciting to plan your wine tour. However, don't get carried away. While visiting several wineries each day may be tempting, it's often a bad idea. Remember, you want to leave yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy each vineyard. In addition, travel time can really eat up your day. So be mindful of your time and don't overbook. Instead of visiting several wineries each day, limit yourself to two or three. This will ensure that you have plenty of time, so you won't be scrambling to get to and from each vineyard.
4. Be Mindful Of The Season
Finally, make sure you consider the time of year when you are booking your trip. Summer and fall are very busy for wineries and vineyards. If you have your heart set on booking your trip during these months, expect to pay more. Additionally, you may be accompanied by many groups. If you want to avoid the rush and save some cash, book a trip during the off-season. Spring and winter may not scream "wine," but it's actually a good time to go.
While planning your wine tour might seem a little stressful, it doesn't have to be. With these tips, you can make planning your trip fun and easy.