The inclusion of tasting, consumption or purchase of wine is called wine tourism, also referred to in lesser known terms like enotourism, Oenotourism, or vinitourism. This type of tourism consists of wineries visitation, wine tasting, vineyard walks and taking part in the harvesting time.
What do they say about wine? Well, it is good for our health. It can prevent cancer, helps to reduce blood clot, fight obesity and among others. These days, there are wine tours which are being offered by different traveling agencies. The travel package usually includes wine tour but most of the time, it is being offered alone. The inclusion of tasting, consumption or purchase of wine is called wine tourism, also referred to in lesser known terms like enotourism, Oenotourism, or vinitourism. This type of tourism consists of wineries visitation, wine tasting, vineyard walks and taking part in the harvesting time.
In the US, there 27 million travelers who engage themselves in culinary or wine-related activities. There are private wine tours for those travelers opt for wine-related activities. In Italy, wine tours are being patronized by approximately 5 million travelers, and this type of tourism generates 2.5 billion Euros in terms of sales/purchase.
Sonoma private wine tours, in the same way, offer a visit to wineries where the wine is being produced. In this wine tour, the wine enthusiasts learn more about the wine history and the process it undergo plus there is the wine tasting session. There are some wineries that offer their small guest house to the travelers/wine enthusiasts. For Napa Valley wine tours, there are elaborate wine tastings for the discerning preferences of different travelers, and they are horizontal and vertical. Wine tastings will help the guests to examine and evaluate the quality of wine. Professional wine tasters or sommeliers (wine steward) are using formal terminology to describe the range of wine flavors, aroma, and the general characteristics of wine. For wine enthusiasts or for recreational activity, the terminology is the same and it involves less analytical procedure for general and personal enjoyment.
There are four stages in wine tasting and they are as follows:
l Appearance of the wine.
l Wine in glass for the aroma.
l Wine in the mouth for the sensation
l Finish drinking wine for the aftertaste.
In horizontal tasting, the wines being served to the guests are from the same vintages but came from different wineries. In this way, keeping the wine variety and same region helps in emphasizing the differences in winery styles. On the other hand, vertical tasting serves different vintages of the same type from same winery to highlight the differences between various vintages. Full meals are being served also to the guests when showcasing the wines.
The industry of wine tourism continues to mature as the years pass by. In Napa Valley wine country tours, there are added activities which the guests really enjoy. When the guests visit the wineries, they can ride in electrical assisted bicycles called burricleta.
There is an enormous growth potential from wine tourism in terms of revenue. There is a positive note that wine tourism industry will grow each year. In fact, there is a conference that will help the wine makers to improve and grow their business operation.
So next time, try to plan on getting wine tours to experience different wines and enrich your knowledge about wine and its tasteful history.