25th May is a very special day, and a day to celebrate many people’s favourite tipple: National Wine Day. It also marks the start of a celebration of this fruity number closer to home – English Wine Week.
With so many toasts to wine being made, travellers can pour themselves a glass and plan a trip to the home of some of their favourite grapes to try a few sips for themselves.
Based at the tranquil Villa Casalta, on this tour we visit beautiful San Gimignano, the market town of Greve in Chianti, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena and the magnificent city of Florence.
During the week we sample several varieties of the world-renowned local Chianti and have the opportunity to learn more about Italian wine at the Wine School of Siena. However, this trip has more than wine to offer, this walking tour wanders through renaissance cities, mediaeval villages and cypress-lined avenues exploring beautiful southern Tuscany.
Eight days starting at £999 including flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, five dinners, three wine tastings and an expert tour leader throughout. Exodus (02035532401; www.exodus.co.uk).
Discover one of the oldest wine regions in Italy, the Prosecco Hills. Just an hour’s drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, explore one of the world’s best, yet largely undiscovered, wine regions on this trip. Here, ancient terraced vineyards clinging to the sides of every possible slope are dedicated exclusively to grapes for Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco. Based in an elegant converted villa, located in the heart of the ‘Prosecco Road’ – Italy’s oldest wine route – we spend a week walking through picturesque rolling hills and sampling the area’s delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles. Travellers will also be visiting the charming mediaeval villages such as Cison, Follina, Asolo as well as the beautiful capital province of Treviso.
Eight days starting at £1,249, including flights from London, accommodation, airport transfers, all breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners and two wine tastings. Exodus (02035532401; www.exodus.co.uk).
If you prefer your trips a little more on the energetic side, why not cycle through the vineyards along South America’s most spectacular coastline instead? Renowned as one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Cape Town and its surroundings provide a stunning backdrop for this tour. Our unique circular route allows us to take in the fantastic sights the Cape Peninsula has to offer. In addition to Table Mountain and the chance to sample the famous wine from the estates of Stellenbosch, the wild coastline and rugged interior provide classic riding on peaceful roads with little traffic. The stunning scenery, a rich cultural history, unique flora, and unusual wildlife encounters make this a fantastic destination to discover on two wheels.
Fourteen days from £2,749, including flights from London, accommodation, all breakfast, seven lunches, two dinners and bike hire. Exodus (02035532401; www.exodus.co.uk).