Good food and good wine are the hallmarks of any great trip if you ask anyone at TIK! Whether you are traveling on a cooking vacation in the rolling hills of Tuscany, or the volcanic shadow of Mt. Etna or Mt. Vesuvius, whether enjoying a culinary tour in the esteemed vineyards of Bordeaux to the high-altitude region of Mendoza, Argentina, great food and wine tour destinations make great cooking vacation destinations.
It’s almost impossible to recap our favorite or best food and wine tours in a single blog, so we’re going to spread it out over several posts and point out some of the best options for those travelers looking for a wine-themed trip.
Italy and France are our two top wine-themed destinations, but don’t forget Portugal! You can explore the land of the Duoro Valley with its excellent wines and ports on one of our food and wine tours such as Walking and Cooking in Portugal. Another advantage to Portugal is the wine there is also fabulously priced!
But back to Italy… Tuscany is a great option, and we have several food and wine tours there to tempt even the pickiest palate! Our Truly Tuscany: Wine Tasting Tour in Western Tuscany is a fabulous exploration of a lesser-known part of Tuscany along the western coast. And of course Antinori’s Noble Tuscany is a food and wine tour that focusses on the wines of one of Italy’s top wine producing families, including their new, state-of-the-art facility in the Chianti Classico region.
But even outside of Tuscany there are fabulous wines to explore. Case in point? The oft-overlooked Veneto region, which (with the exception of Venice) is a lesser-known destination. This makes it less touristy without sacrificing any of the beautiful landscapes and amazing food and wine that you’ll find in other regions. Top choices there include our Five-Star Retreat in the Veneto, which takes place at a beautiful wine estate, and our In the Land of Prosecco features, not surprisingly, four glorious nights in the Prosecco region of the Veneto.
What about France? What about South America? We’ll feature more of our fabulous food and wine tours in the blog, so check back!
By Peg Kern
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