PARIS, Sept 24 — Wine lovers and budding enthusiasts eyeing a trip to Europe may want to consult a new list of the highest-ranked wine tours recommended by fellow travelers.
Online travel and booking site TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the most popular wine tours among its users to help travelers choose a package that comes with a stamp of a consumer approval.
Lovers of French wine, for instance, may want to sign up with Rustic Vines in Bordeaux which is the top-ranked wine tour in France on the TripAdvisor list, with a five out of five bubble rating among its 519 reviews.
Their Napoleon Tour takes guests out of Bordeaux to the wine-growing region of Médoc, where they'll visit two Chateaux for wine tastings and an outdoor picnic.
Their Famous Monk Tour also features visits to two Chateaux in another famous wine-growing region, Saint Emilion.
Many reviews complimented the outfit for informative, friendly guides, the leisurely pace and wine and cheese picnic amidst the French vineyards.
One of the more interesting wine tours highlighted outside of Europe is Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines in Scotland, a country known more for whiskies than wine.
But the tour also boasts a five out of five bubble rating among its 478 reviews.
The winery has been brewing fruit juice-based wines and ciders using local berries, wild flowers, fruits and leaves since 1987 and offers guided tours that include generous samples.
Here are a few other the top-rated wine circuits among TripAdvisor users:
The Gourmet Madrid Tour, Madrid, Spain
Tuscan Wine Tours by Grape Tours, Florence, Italy
Santorini Wine Adventure Tours, Santorini, Greece
Cooltour Oporto, Porto, Portugal
1. Rustic Vines, Bordeaux, Aquitaine
2. Provence Wine Tours, Marseille, Provence
3. Vin en Vacances - Day Tours, Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
4. Bourgogne Gold Tour, Beaune, Bourgogne
5. O'Vineyards, Villemoustaussou, Languedoc-Roussillon
6. Authentica Tours, Dijon, Bourgogne
7. Bordovino Wine Tasting Day Tours, Bordeaux, Aquitaine
8. Bordeaux with Elodie - Day Tours, Bordeaux, Aquitaine
9. Ophorus Bordeaux Wine Day Tours, Bordeaux, Aquitaine
10. Provence and Wine, Avignon, Provence. — AFP-Relaxnews