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Award Winning Wine Tours

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Many wine tours around the world have won awards, but without specific information about the type of awards or the specific time frame, it is difficult to provide a comprehensive list. However, here are a few wine tours that have won awards in recent years:

  1. Napa Valley Wine Train – This historic train tour in California’s Napa Valley has won several awards, including the “Best Culinary Experience” award in 2018 from the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.
  2. Wine Paths – This tour company based in Bordeaux, France, won the “Best Wine Tourism Services” award at the Great Wine Capitals Global Network Awards in 2019.
  3. Grape Escape Wine Tours – This tour company in New Zealand won the “New Zealand’s Best Wine Tour Operator” award at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards in 2019.
  4. WineTourismSpain – This tour company in Spain won the “Best Wine Tourism Experience” award at the 2020 Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards.
  5. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival – This annual festival in New South Wales, Australia, won the “Best Tourism Event” award at the 2020 Hunter Regional Tourism Awards

What Oregon wine tours have won awards?

There are many excellent wine tours available in Oregon and many have won awards. Here are a few examples of Oregon wine tours that have won awards:

  1. Forks & Corks Tours – This tour company has won several awards, including the “Best Wine Tour Company in Oregon” award from Travel & Hospitality Awards in 2021 and the “Best Oregon Tour” award from Lux Life Magazine in 2019.
  2. A Vineyard Wine Tour – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in the Pacific Northwest” award from LUXlife Magazine in 2020.
  3. Insiders Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in the Pacific Northwest” award from Acquisition International Magazine in 2021.
  4. Cellar Door Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Oregon Wine Tour” award from Lux Life Magazine in 2018.
  5. MountNBarrel Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in Oregon” award from the Lux Life Magazine in 2020.

What are wine tours that have won awards in California?

Like Oregon, there are a multitude of different wine tours available in California. Here are a few examples of California wine tours that have won awards:

  1. Platypus Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in Napa and Sonoma” award from Lux Life Magazine in 2018 and the “Best Wine Tour Company in California” award in 2019.
  2. Beau Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in California” award from the Luxury Travel Guide Awards in 2019.
  3. Sideways Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best Wine Tour Company in California” award from the Travel & Hospitality Awards in 2020.
  4. Grapeline Wine Tours – This tour company won the “Best of Wine Tourism Award” from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network in 2019.

What are some of the best wine tour companies in wine history?

Several wine tour companies specialize in wine history and offer tours to some of the world’s most historic wine regions. Here are a few award winning tours that have a focus on history:

  1. Wine Paths – Wine Paths offers a variety of wine tours in Europe, including many tours that focus on wine history. Their tours include visits to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as cultural sites and landmarks.
  2. Cellar Tours – Cellar Tours offers luxury wine tours in Europe, South America, and the United States, with a focus on wine history and culture. Their tours often include visits to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as cultural sites and landmarks.
  3. BKWine Tours – BKWine Tours offers wine tours in several European countries, with a focus on wine history and culture. Their tours include visits to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as cultural sites and landmarks.
  4. Context Travel – Context Travel offers cultural and wine tours in several European countries, with a focus on history and context. Their wine tours often include visits to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as cultural sites and landmarks.
  5. Wine Paths USA – Wine Paths USA offers wine tours in California, Oregon, and Washington. Their tours include visits to historic vineyards and wineries, as well as cultural sites and landmarks.

Conclusion: Why is it important to visit wine regions to really understand the wines from that area?

Visiting wine regions can greatly enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wines from that area. Here are a few reasons why it is important to visit wine regions to really understand the wines from that area:

  1. Sense of Place: Wine is often referred to as “a product of its terroir”, which means that the wine is influenced by the unique environmental factors of the vineyard and the surrounding region. When you visit a wine region, you can experience the landscape, climate, soil, and other factors that contribute to the character of the wines. This can help you better understand the flavor profile and style of the wines from that region.
  2. Grape Varieties: Different grape varieties thrive in different climates and soil types, and some wine regions are known for producing certain varieties of grapes. By visiting a wine region, you can see and taste the grape varieties firsthand allowing you to learn about the specific characteristics and qualities they possess.
  3. Winemaking Techniques: Winemaking techniques can vary widely between regions, and visiting a wine region can provide insights into the specific techniques used to produce the wines of that area. For example, you might learn about the use of oak barrels or concrete tanks, the length of fermentation or aging, or the specific blending techniques used by the winemaker.
  4. Cultural Context: Wine is often deeply connected to the culture and history of the region where it is produced. Visiting a wine region can provide insights into the local customs, traditions, and cuisine that have influenced the wine over time. This can help you better understand and appreciate the context in which the wine was produced.

* Please keep in mind the lists in this article are not comprehensive, there may be other wine tours that have won awards that were not included on these lists.

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