We do love our wine tourism trips! Visiting wine regions not only gives you a deeper insight into the wine it also puts the wine into the context of the land and the people. You see the vineyards that the wine comes from and you experience the energy of the wineries. And then there is the food! Wine is so much more enhanced by food especially when it’s locally paired.
Below are our recent trips into the homes of wine taken straight out of our Instagram feed as that is where we report our adventures as we go. We hope you get a decent glimpse into the regions and their wine.
So do you enjoy travel into wine regions? Please let us know about your adventures…
@williamchrisvineyards is def one of my fave Texan wineries thus far – its specialty is Mourvedre, and these gems are breathtaking. And they sell out fast in release. Such a complete, well balanced wine, it’s slightly lighter than a Californian mourvedre, but I believe more expressive. It’s made with minimal intervention. Seek this winery out! Post by Drew #winewankers #wwtexastrip #TravelTexas #TexasToDo #williamchrisvineyards @visitfredtx @texastourism #wwontour @texastourism
OMG 😲 Today I ate at the world famous Salt Lick BBQ, just outside of Austin Texas. The best brisket, ribs, chicken and anything barbecued I've ever eaten! Spoilt!!! All washed down and beautifully matched with @saltlickcellars Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, made using Texan Hill Country grapes. Post by Drew #winewankers #wwtexastrip #TravelTexas #TexasToDo @visitaustintx #wine #wwontour #wwtexastrip @texastourism
They make wine in Texas! Yep – you heard correctly. While America sorts its Presidential mess out, I’ve travelled to Fredericksburg Texas to taste the state’s best offering. The first wine I fell in love with was a hybrid grape variety called Norton. While its widely grown in Virginia, it’s also found a home in Texas. I loved the Stonehouse Vineyard Texas Hill Country 2015 Norton Reserve Claros. A rich and luscious wine with bright berry fruit flavours and a spicy, turkish delight-like background Post by Drew #winewankers @visitfredtx @texastourism #TexasToDo #traveltexas @stonehouse_vine #wwontour #wwtexastrip
The 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was so perfectly matched with the array of Pacific oysters at the Elephant Hill Winery and Restaurant in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The 2015 Reserve Chardonnay is a cracker too with its crisp citrus and slight toast along with a hint of salt from growing by the sea. Elephant Hill is offering a lot under the hammer at this Saturday's charity wine auction. #wine #vino #food #travel
Are these eggs, or are they minions? Not only is Tony the owner of the specialist super premium chardonnay producer Tony Bish Wines, he's the chairman of the Hawke's Bay charity Wine Auction and a real local legend who is always happy to help others out especially young wine makers coming through. Tony has looked after me for several days now and has made me feel like part of the local crew. He's a top bloke and these eggs he builds here in Hawke's Bay help make some special chardonnay! #postbyconrad #wine #vino #food #travel #winewankers #wwontour
A box full of top flight Hawke's Bay wine! This made up part of the 42 wine related lots that went under the hammer at the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction and helped raise $180k for the Cranford Hospice. Whoever got this one scored! #postbyconrad #wine #vino #food #travel #winewankers #wwontour #wwhawkesbaytrip
What were you doing in 1966? A Vintage Port is considered the pinnacle of Port production: grapes sourced from one year (and only if it’s an exceptional vintage) and from the best vineyards an estate can lay its hands on. It’s bottled after 2 years of oak maturation, before the wine has had a chance to mellow its strong tannins. That’s why these special wines need up to 20 years of bottle age to achieve a Port-like nirvana! Fortunately most Port producers will do the aging for you – but you will have to pay handsomely! Post by Drew #winewankers @taylorsportwine #wwportugaltrip #wwontour #wine #port #dourovalley