Wine routes guide
For most of us, the chance to take a relaxing holiday is one of the highlight of the year. Some may choose a break on the beaches but others prefer to mix our holiday with another enjoyable activity. Combining a touring holiday with a visit to a selection of vineyards is ideal for those who love wine and the chance to see the wine being produced at its home vineyard is a real treat. The Gilbert & Gaillard wine routes guide is the perfect companion to such a trip. This knowledgeable guide will highlight the best routes to take through some of the world's most revered wine areas.
Using the wine routes guide
The wine routes guide provides lots of information about the vineyards in a selection of areas, plotting a course through the countryside for you to follow. Some vineyards have sophisticated visitor centres with organised tours, while others may have a more basic and even rustic approach, it is worth knowing which is which before planning your route in order to get the most from the experience. In some vineyards you will be able to talk to the people who actually make the wine and thus gain a far more in-depth understanding of the wines from that area.
Wine tastings and the wine routes guide
One of the highlights of any visit to a vineyard is the wine tasting and the wine routes guide can point you to the wineries with the best tastings on offer. Tasting a wine on its home ground is a rare treat and most vineyards will offer a selection to taste from, allowing you to judge for yourself how these wines develop with different ageing characteristics and grape combinations. This is also a good time to get to grips with some of the fundamentals of wine tasting techniques, to allow you to develop your skills in a relaxed atmosphere.
Buying wines with the wine routes guide
After all that tasting, you are sure to want to bring some of your favourites home with you. Many wineries now have mailing services, where they will ship your purchases back to your home address, so there is no need to fill up your boot if you don't want to. On the other hand, you may like to take a few bottles en route with you and the wine routes guide will let you know which are best for drinking now.