Whether you like yours full-bodied, fruity or fresh, it’s common knowledge that sipping on a good glass of wine is up there with some of life’s greatest pleasures – which pretty much guarantees that a fine selection of whites, reds and rosés will have a place in every cultured traveller’s cellar – and heart.
Tapping into the refined pastime are three of our newest community recruits, who’ve taken the fruits of the vine beyond the bottle with experiences no wine buff would want to turn down…
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Yes, world-class wine might be a real treat for the tastebuds – but look past the exquisite aromas and complicated lingo and you’ll find what can make wine-centric activities so special: the connoisseurs behind them. From cellar door hosts to chefs; to vignerons to winemakers, Ultimate Winery Experiences give travellers access to the Australia’s most wine distinguished experts, creating immersive experiences that enthrall both their minds and their senses. So whether they choose to indulge in a seven-course degustation menu led by Joseph Cromy Wines, or get an education in the 14 types of grapes grown at Jacob’s Creek, travellers can rest assured that these wine-obsessed Aussies truly believe that experience quality is of the essence.
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Here’s one for the hands-on wine lovers out there – for while it’s one thing to sit down at a five-star restaurant and make your way through bottle after bottle, learning how to make one of your own is quite another. That’s right: we’re talking wine DIY at Alenjejo Marmòris. Offering up a top sommelier for assistance, wine enthusiasts have a go at blending their own bottle, learning which grape varieties will bring out each other’s complexities; which are doomed to clash; and which have the character required to stand out against even the most robust of flavours. And as for food to reward these budding wine connoisseurs at work, Alenjejo Marmòris doesn’t disappoint: think of everything from sheep cheese and local bread to a separate olive oil tasting to tickle guests’ foodie tastebuds.
NAME: Borgo Pignano
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: The news of the moment is that organic is the new black – and who could be better placed to deliver on this trend than the wine lovers in Tuscany? Housing an organic farm on its 750-acre estate in the chosen land is Borgo Pignano, who offer a journey into the world of organic and biodynamic wines like no other. With thousands of years of producing sensational wines under their belt, their eighteenth-century villa is home to wine production methods old and new – and a large amount of top quality bottles to show for it. Just take a trip down to their historical wine cellar with their passionate expert Francesco to start quenching your thirst…
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Annie Maddison is Junior Content Executive for Beyond Luxury Media Ltd. She is a lover of dance, sausage dogs and immature jokes, and is a self-confessed serial wine-and-diner who lets her tastebuds guide her travels.