Wines of the World

Wines to enjoy on your solo travels

From Italy to Australia, it’s great to savour the wonderful flavours from some of the world’s greatest wine-producing countries. What’s even better, is enjoying these wines, while taking a solo adventure visiting local vineyards with spectacular views.

Italy

Where do you begin with Italy? It’s the world’s largest producer of wine and not surprising as you’ll find producers in every single region of this country – from top to toe. For example, on a solo walking holiday to Tuscany why not enjoy a bottle of Chianti or two. Dating back to the 14th century, this wine is sometimes referred to as the ‘Bordeaux of Italy’. There are a huge variety of Chianti blends - which will you prefer?

Spain

If you’re planning on joining a singles walking holiday along the Camino de Santiago then you could be in for a treat visiting the La Rioja wine region. More than 500 wineries are scattered across the landscape. Generally, a Rioja wine is known for being a fruity red possessing a dark cherry and berry flavour however, you’ll also find white Rioja and Rosado on the table should you prefer something a little lighter.

South Africa

The Cape Winelands, made up of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, is the most important wine-producing region of South Africa, and home to world-renowned wineries.  Its Mediterranean climate is perfect for wine production so it’s no surprise that wine production has existed here since the first settlers came to the region. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes are perhaps the most tried and tested grape varieties to use in its blends. A tour to South Africa in a solos group offers the opportunity to visit this region and enjoy a tasting of the local flavours.

Argentina 

Mendoza, nestled at the foot of the Andes and in the shadows of Aconcagua, the largest mountain in the Americas is arguably Argentina’s wine capital. Historically the region was known for pink-skinned grape wines such as Cereza, but more recently the deep purple Malbec has become the main planting. This vine was originally brought in as a cutting by French immigrants in the 19th Century however the Argentine variety differs from its French counterpart. The vineyards of Mendoza produce a particularly intense, rich Malbec. On a solo adventure to Argentina, don’t miss the opportunity to visit a vineyard (or two) to enjoy a tasting against the stunning mountain backdrop overlooking vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Australia 

Australia has an astonishing range of climates, with distinct wine-growing regions producing a diverse range of wines. On a solo adventure to Australia, make sure you visit the Barossa Valley, one of the country’s oldest wine regions in Southern Australia. The area is best-known for its shiraz wines – in fact some of the oldest shiraz vines can be found in this region. Some would say that Shiraz from the Barossa Valley offer the most flavourful wine in the world with aromas of blackberry, mocha, dried currant – there’s a reason so many award-winning bottles are from this area.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting on a solos holiday

Top tips on wine tasting

  1. Look – don’t touch!
    Once poured, before you try, hold your glass next to a white surface and look at it – take time to assess the colour and clarity of the wine. By tilting it slightly and allowing the wine to run up the side of the glass slightly, you’ll be able to see how intense the colour is. As a rule, the lighter the shade of colouring, the lighter the body the wine is.
  2. Give it a sniff
    Yes, that’s right, it’s time to smell the wine. Gently swirl the wine in your glass as this helps the aromas of the wine to flourish (also check out the legs that run down the side of the glass. Wines with “good legs” tend to be dense and riper than those that do not). No need to put your nose deep in the glass, you’ll get what you need hovering above the rim. What can you smell? Citrus fruits? Berries? Florals? You may even get some of the aromas that come from the aging process – oak, leather, baking spices. What you don’t want to smell is a musty scent or burnt matches – these indicate that the wine has been spoiled.
  3. Take a sip
    Finally… it’s time for the good part, take a sip of wine, letting in a little air in at the same time - this will help to accentuate the flavours. How did it taste? Delicious?
  4. Time to cleanse the palate and get ready for the next glass

We can take you there

  1. Walking in Tuscany

    Rolling countryside and terraced vineyards, mountain scenery and incredible architecture – you'll discover it all on idyllic walks through the landscapes of Tuscany, and learn about the famous Medici dynasty. 

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  2. Molinaseca Bridge in El Bierzo in Spain

    Walking the Camino de Santiago

    On this walking tour like no other, you’ll experience charming towns and cities showcasing Spanish culture as you take the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela.

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  3. Table mountain in Cape Town

    Experience South Africa

    Ascend Table Mountain, search for the 'Big Five' on safari in Kruger National Park and tour  the garden route on this unforgettable South African tour.

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  4. The coast by Australia's Great Ocean Road

    Australian Highlights

    Iconic cities, famous landmarks and natural wonders are yours to discover on an incredible journey from Sydney to Melbourne.

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  5. Christ the Redeemer statue above Rio de Janeiro

    Chile, Argentina & Brazil

    Chile's rippling vines, the cascading Iguaçú Falls spilling into Argentina and Brazil, the imposing statue of Christ in Rio and Buenos Aires' tango beats are just some of the iconic sights and sounds that make a tour of these three countries so desirable.

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