The days are getting longer.
The temperatures are rising.
Of course, you could celebrate these two facts by sipping a fine wine. The sort of product you can find at a CWO event.
Or you could think about treating yourself to a wine-related holiday. With the emphasis on the word ‘treat’.
So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and browse a few of CWO’s top recommendations:
Launched in 2016, the $92-million Cite du Vin is situated in the wine-renowned region of Bordeaux. Attracting 400,000+ visitors each year, the venue runs wine workshops, exhibitions and tours.
What’s more, there’s a wine cruise. In just 10 minutes you can travel back 6,000 years. Across Douro, Rhône, Rhine, Seine, Garonne and Loire. You can explore these legendary rivers – all of which have contributed to the development of major vineyards.
The Barolo Wine Museum is set within the walls of a castle with 1,000+ years’ history. Traces of the original 10th-century structure can still be found in the tower.
Descend into the depths and you arrive at 11 ancient wine cellars. Each relate to a region that produces Barolo – one of Italy’s most famous wines. You can tour the cantine and view the vats and casks where fermentation takes place.
Since the late-90s, visitors have been exploring this renowned museum, inaugurated in 2004 by King Juan Carlos I. Spread across 4,000 square meters and 6 exhibition halls, the venue offer a real insight into the word of winemaking. For example, the winery. That’s where a cold room chills the grapes to 3 degrees Celsius. The reason given is ‘To extract the grapes’ colour and aromas in a less aggressive way in the tank, thereby retaining all their personality.’
There’s also an outside space – The Garden of Bacchus. Here you’ll find 220+ grape varieties to explore, including Tinta del Pais, Monastrell, and Verdejo.
No wine tour would be complete without a stop-off in Tuscany. The Old World region is overflowing with ancient castles and vineyards, with many offering tastings and tours. Brolio Castle is one landmark location, with origins dating back to as far as 1141. Within 1,200 hectares of property there’s 235 hectares of vineyards and 26 olive groves.
It’s been described as a ‘symbol of the territory of the Chianti Classico area’, and has been owned by the Ricasoli family for almost 800 years. In 1872, Baron Bettino Ricasoli originated the formula for Chianti wine.
Let’s move away from the Old World for a second, and pay a visit to the Greek island of Santorini. That’s where you can explore a labyrinthine location 8 meters underground.
The Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum is set in a natural cave, offering visitors the chance to explore wine-growing life back in the 1600s. This includes a look at the ancient process of stomping – where grapes are crushed by barefoot workers who stand in the vats. At the end of the tour, there’s a chance to taste 4 wines produced by the Koutsoyannopoulos winery.
Wherever you go, happy holidays, and cheers!