Travel Associates Made a Toast to Europe's Top Drops This Summer

With the European summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to secure a place on a wine tasting trip with Travel Associates that coincides with the coveted harvest time in September and October.

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(PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Bordeaux, Rioja, Chianti and Champagne. At times, travelling through Europe is akin to perusing a wine list.

From the valleys of Portugal and Spain, to the rolling hills of France and Italy, Europe has the highest concentration of famous wine-making areas in the world, making it a desirable destination for wine lovers.

Travel Associates national marketing manager Adrian Clarke said many wine aficionados were looking for holiday options that allowed them to taste the finest examples of their favourite tipple in the region it is produced.

“We have many clients indulging their passion with a vinitourism trip which is simply a holiday designed around tours of classic wine-making regions to sample top quality drops at the source,” Adrian said.

“France is littered with quality wineries, with areas such as Bordeaux and Burgundy perennial vinitourism favourites, but the wine-making regions of Spain and Portugal are equally worth a look.

Adrian said appreciating wine was a lifelong undertaking and one taken seriously by connoisseurs, but that even amateur enthusiasts could enjoy a wine-based holiday that focused on the history and craftsmanship of a particular region.

“With the European summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to secure a place on a wine tasting trip that coincides with the coveted harvest time in September and October.

Wine lovers can follow their nose to sip, swivel and swish back the best varieties of Champagne, Port, Merlo, Chianti and Rioja with Travel Associates’ guide to Europe’s best wine regions.

1. To sip top quality reds and white, head to Bordeaux

This world famous wine region is a haven for lovers of red, where skilled blending of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes produces elegant wines envied and admired by winemakers around the world. A unique set of ecological conditions, such as the calcium rich soil and an Arctic climate, contribute to Bordeaux’s success as a wine-making region. The area is split into four distinct segments, intersected by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers from which it is said the best vineyards are those that overlook the water.

Visitors to Bordeaux can expect a picturesque landscape where aristocratic vineyards are found just minutes after leaving the city. Lovers of Merlo and Cabernet Sauvignon should concentrate on the chateaux’s in the east and north segments, while those with a nose for white should head south for superior Sauvignon Blanc.

TRY THIS... Sample the top wines of the region on a Secrets of Great Bordeaux Wines tour included with a three night stay at the 5-star Burdigala Hotel in Bordeaux, price from $695* per person, twin share with breakfast daily.

Valid for sale until August 30, 2013, for travel from July 1 to 31, 2013.

For more deals travelling the Europe's wine regions with Travel Associates, check out their website http://www.travel-associates.com.au.


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