6 Best Wine Tasting Tours at OutdoorTrip

1. Portugal: Trekking in the Douro Wine Region

This route starts at Peso da Régua along the mythical Douro River that you will cross through the old railway bridge now transformed into a pedestrian one.

From here you follow vineyards along the Varosa River valley and along the way, you will find Roman bridges, impressive gorges dug in granite, Roman roads and the breathtaking Varosa dam with amazing views.

There will be a pause to eat typical food in the region and taste the famous sparkling wine of Raposeira. Converging to the valley of the Balsemão river, you will find what is considered the oldest church in Europe. Your next stop will be Lamego, the pearl of the Alto Douro, a city that is an open-air museum. Here you will visit the Cathedral of Lamego and then climb the staircase of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.

In the end, you will taste the delicious ham of Lamego and the Lamego bread accompanied by an excellent Port wine.

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2. Bulgaria: Half-day Wine Tasting Tour in Thracian Valley from Plovdiv

Some 5000 years ago the ancient Thracians inhabiting the territory of the present-day Bulgarian lands began to grow and make wine. They brought the first vines from the Middle East in what is now known as South Bulgaria and they were the first ones on the Balkan Peninsula who made wine out of the grapes. They used the wine not only as a drink on the table but also in many of their religious rituals. Through the wine, they were reaching their gods. The Thracians were considered as some of the finest winemakers in the Antique world. In his works, Homer often mentioned the superior qualities of the Thracian wines. According to him the most famous wine with the richest aroma and the full-body was from Thracia.

In 1966 Bulgaria was the 6th largest exporter of wine in the world. Nowadays Bulgaria produces some of the finest wines in the world and is a main exporting country on the global wine market. Local Bulgarian sorts of wines as Mavrud, Melnik, Gamza, Dimiat, Rubin and more are famous around the world and have won many international awards.

Villa Yustina is situated at the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, some 26 km away from Plovdiv. The winery location is specially chosen because the Plovdiv region is among the few with a significant wine history originating from Antiquity. Nowadays the wine experts at Villa Yustina wine cellar combine the millennia experience with the latest wine producing technologies. This is one of the most modern wineries in Bulgaria which is fully equipped with first-class cellar technology of the newest generation. The top Villa Yustina wine “Monogram” which is a blend of Mavrud and Rubin wines wins every year many prestigious international awards. For several years “Monogram” is awarded the gold medal at the Balkan wine competition “VINO BALKANIKA” and it is highly appreciated by the foreign journalists.

In this tour, you will visit Villa Yustina boutique winery to taste some of their excellent wines. The wine tour includes a visit to the fermentation room, the storage room where the wine ages in oak barrels, the enoteca and the wine tasting room where we try 3 local wines with appetizers. Wine tasting of 5 wines is possible at a little extra cost. In the end, you will explore the vineyards including the observation tower on the hill from where you will enjoy a wonderful panorama all around the valley and the Rhodope Mountains in the close distance.

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3. Greece: Wine Tasting and Olive Mill Off-Road Tour from Chania

Taste the best of Crete on this wine tasting and olive mill tour. Sample different kinds of olives and olive oil at the Terra Creta olive mill and enjoy exquisite wine at the Karavitakis winery discovering local ancient traditions and culture.

In this tour, you will be picked up in your hotel in a premium off-road vehicle and start the journey to Ano Vouves. The mountain village hides an ancient treasure – a 3 000 years old olive tree.

From there you will continue to the Terra Creta olive mill where you can taste and compare different kinds of olives as well as olive oil.

In the Karavitakis winery savor the excellent wine and taste the best of the winery's production.

More Cretan hospitality awaits in the small village of Panethimos where lunch will be served in a local tavern. This is a perfect chance to try out delicacies of the Cretan cuisine.

Crossing the Mesavlia Gorge we watch the beautiful countryside on the way back to Chania.

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4. Slovenia: Vipava Hills Hike and Wine Tasting from Ajdovščina

Vipava Hills offer one of the prettiest outlooks of the Vipava Valley. Join this tour for a relatively easy hike on a trail through vineyards and picturesque villages. Get to know the local culture and rich history of the Vipava Valley and finish your day in a wine cellar tasting the local indigenous varieties. Meet the winemaker and learn about winemaking culture and intriguing family traditions.

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5. Czech Republic: Prague Tour Package with Food and Wine Degustation

Be prepared to get personal with Prague in a unique way. The provider will take care of you from the moment of your arrival in the city. Your driver will be easy to find. After that, you head straight to your accommodation in a comfortable and private vehicle.

The tour starts with a walk around the Old Town. It has always been one of the most important parts of Prague and the whole Czech Republic. This area is the country’s political, economic and cultural center, with many unique monuments, such as the world-famous Charles Bridge and the gothic Powder Tower.

You also visit the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, the National Theatre, and even modern architecture represented by the unconventional Dancing House.

However, Prague is more than history and landmarks. Therefore, your visit includes excellent restaurants, beautiful parks, and countless fashion outlets. During this tour, you have the chance to visit the ART&FOOD restaurant and a gallery of contemporary art. Here, you are initiated into the tastes of traditional Czech cuisine by a five-course degustation menu complemented by five glasses of different wines. You can delight not only your palate but also your ears with beautiful live music playing while you savor the best of Czech gastronomy. This is an experience to remember forever.

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6. Romania: Wine and Cheese Tasting in Prahova Valley

The trip is full of beautiful nature and you can enjoy the Carpathian mountains in the distance which were for centuries the borderline between two of the Romanian regions: Wallachia and Transylvania.

You will meet your guide in the central square of Bucharest, Piata Unirii. You will head out of the city in an air-conditioned vehicle towards one of the most prestigious vineyards in Romania. On the way to the winery, you will get a short history of our country with the beautiful scenery and the Carpathian mountains rising high in the distance. Once you arrive at the winery, a wine expert will take over-explaining the history of the place, history of the Romanian wine and especially the history of local wine. The wine tasting is going to happen shortly after, during which you will get to taste out 6 different types of wine accompanied by as many types of cheese.

After the winery tour ends, you will travel for 15 minutes to a beautiful location where you will have lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant. Everything already specified is included in the tour price: transport from Bucharest and back, entry fees, tour guide, wine tasting, and lunch. After lunch, you will jump back in the vehicle and will be on our way to Bucharest. On the way back you'll get a short explanation about the Bucharest city, before and after the Romanian revolution in 1989. Upon our arrival at Piata Unirii, your guide will recommend a good place for dinner in one of the most popular places in the city center Strada Lipscani Bucharest’s first street.

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