WINE EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Nicola Mc­Clean un­cov­ers a selec­tion of unique ex­pe­ri­ences around the world de­signed for wine con­nois­seurs.

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Delve into tast­ings, har­vest­ing and vine­yard tours de­signed for the most pas­sion­ate wine-lovers

WINE AND GOURMET FER­RARI TOUR, ITALY

Pienza for an au­then­tic Ital­ian cof­fee break. Guests re­turn to the Avi­gnonesi win­ery and visit the La Stella and La Tonda vine­yards, with an exclusive tour of the vine­yards and cel­lars. After the tour, guests in­dulge in the ul­ti­mate ‘wine-lover lunch’ pre­pared by the win­ery chefs and served on the panoramic ter­race. All cour­ses are paired with four premium wines in­clud­ing the renowned Avi­gnonesi Vi Santo. The tour is avail­able from 19 March to 23 Novem­ber. avi­gnonesi.it/en

DE­LAIRE GRAFF ES­TATE, SOUTH AFRICA

Lav­ish sur­rounds, stand­out ser­vice and sweep­ing views over­look­ing South Africa’s Stel­len­bosch Val­ley make for an ex­cep­tional win­ery ex­pe­ri­ence at De­laire Graff Es­tate, near Cape Town. Spe­cial­is­ing in Bordeaux reds and Chardon­nay grapes, guests sam­ple a range of wines in tu­torac­com­pa­nied tast­ings in the art-filled Wine Lounge. Dur­ing sum­mer, guests can re­lax on the out­door ter­race be­fore strolling the man­i­cured gar­dens or, in win­ter, set­tle in by the fire in the cosy lounge. de­laire.co.za

SWAN RIVER SEA­PLANE TO LEEUWIN ES­TATE

The Ul­ti­mate Leeuwin Ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the most exclusive win­ery tours in Mar­garet River. After ar­riv­ing by sea­plane, guests em­bark on a be­hindthe-scenes tour of the fa­cil­ity, sam­pling wines and dis­cov­er­ing the se­crets of Leeuwin Es­tate’s suc­cess. Take a wan­der through the newly ren­o­vated art gallery, tast­ing the premium ‘art se­ries’ wines. En­joy a seven-course de­gus­ta­tion lunch with match­ing wines be­fore a fi­nal tour through the vines on the way back to the sea­plane. The tour launches in Oc­to­ber 2018 and con­tin­ues year round. swan­ri­versea­planes.com.au

BAROSSA DAIM­LER TOURS

Cruise around the Barossa Val­ley in a rare 1962 Daim­ler with award-win­ning guide John Bald­win with this Ul­ti­mate Tour. At Pen­folds, taste the cur­rent Grange on of­fer at the bar, then try your hand at wine-mak­ing with a ‘Make Your Own Blend’ of Rhône-style reds, tak­ing home a bot­tle of your blend. A two-course lunch is served at Vint­ners Bar & Grill, fol­lowed by a VIP tour and premium wine tast­ing at Tor­breck Wines. Next up is a tour of his­toric win­ery, Sep­pelts­field, home to the world’s only con­tin­u­ous col­lec­tion of for­ti­fied wines dat­ing back to 1878; you’ll get a taste from the bar­rel of your birth year, as well as a sam­ple of the 100-year-old Tawny. The tour con­cludes with a sump­tu­ous af­ter­noon tea at Mag­gie Beer’s Farm Shop. barossadaim­ler­tours.com.au

GAS­TRON­OMY, VINE­YARDS & GRANDS CRUS

Step aboard Po­nant megay­acht L’Aus­tral in Lis­bon for a nine-night gas­tro­nomic and oeno­log­i­cal cruise in part­ner­ship with Artémis Do­maines to Portsmouth, ex­plor­ing the vine­yards of Bordeaux along the way. From the Port of Leixões in Portugal, you’ll sail to Saint-Je­ande-Luz be­fore ex­plor­ing La Cité du Vin, the me­dieval vil­lage of Saint-Émil­ion, the Pauil­lac wine re­gion and Château La­tour, one of the old­est wine­mak­ers in the Mé­doc. With a renowned chef and som­me­lier on board, you’ll in­dulge in high-end wines and gourmet fare through­out your voy­age to Portsmouth. The cruise takes place from 13 April to 22 April 2019. au.po­nant.com

BORDEAUX PRES­TIGE TOUR

With lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion and exclusive gala din­ners at Bordeaux’s Château Pape Clé­ment, wine en­thu­si­asts are in for a treat. This per­son­alised

French Wine Ex­plor­ers tour prom­ises VIP tast­ings at Bordeaux’s great­est es­tates, in­clud­ing Pre­miers Crus wines at Château Mou­ton-Roth­schild, as well as rare ac­cess into Château d’Yquem in Sauternes and the leg­endary châteaux of Pomerol and Saint-Émil­ion. Guests also in­dulge in Deux­ièmes Crus wines at Pi­chon Comtesse or Léoville-Las Cases. The Novem­ber tour is lim­ited to small-group book­ings, of­fer­ing a highly per­son­alised win­ery ex­pe­ri­ence. wine-tours-france.com

VIK CHILE

Perched on a hill­top with sweep­ing views of the An­des, Vik Chile’s three­day Har­vest Sea­son Ex­pe­ri­ence is a must for wine en­thu­si­asts. On ar­rival guests re­ceive wel­come drinks in the Zen Gar­den fol­lowed by a ter­race lunch and a sun­set yoga class on the pool deck. For din­ner, savour a four-course meal with match­ing wines and taste three vin­tages from the VIK cel­lars. The next day at sun­rise guests can choose to horse ride or moun­tain bike through the vine­yards, en­joy­ing a pic­nic break­fast along the way. A sig­na­ture spa mas­sage and af­ter­noon trek through the vine­yards awak­ens the senses be­fore a four-course din­ner with paired wines. The ul­ti­mate treat comes after mid­night on an exclusive tour learn­ing about the VIK wine-mak­ing phi­los­o­phy. Guests get hands-on among vines with a head­light, scis­sors and gloves pick­ing grapes. vikchile.com

THE VINES RE­SORT & SPA, MEN­DOZA, AR­GENTINA

Lo­cated at the base of the An­des, The Vines Re­sort & Spa of­fers an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence of wine-mak­ing, cui­sine and cul­ture. Get your hands dirty learn­ing how to bar­be­cue Ar­gen­tinestyle at award-win­ning chef Fran­cis Mall­mann’s Si­ete Fue­gos, or make your own wine. A sun­set cock­tail and horse ride in the An­des is a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, and there are multi-course menus ac­com­pa­nied by match­ing wines. The best time to visit is har­vest sea­son in March and April, but var­i­ous wine-based ac­tiv­i­ties are of­fered year-round. vi­nes­re­sor­tandspa.com

CASTELLO DI AMOROSA, NAPA VAL­LEY

This me­dieval-in­spired cas­tle’s premium Dia­mante of­fer­ing treats guests to a pri­vate tour, a two-night stay, exclusive tast­ings of Re­serve wines and a pri­vate blend­ing ses­sion where you can make your own Su­per Tus­can Blend. An Ital­ian lunch in the li­brary fol­lows, with rare match­ing wines ac­com­pa­ny­ing each dish. A pho­tog­ra­pher is on hand to cap­ture mean­ing­ful mo­ments, with guests pre­sented with a per­son­alised al­bum at the end of the tour to take home. Guests also take away oils and vine­gars from the es­tate, a box of premium im­ported cigars, a bar­rel of Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon bot­tled specif­i­cally for them, a French oak bar­rel with a per­son­alised bar­rel­head and a one-year mem­ber­ship in Cin­que­cento Cava­lieri Wine Club with seat­ing for two at the Club’s an­nual Wine­maker’s Din­ner in­cluded. castel­lodi­amorosa.com

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