4 Things to Know Before Visiting a Vineyard

Visiting a vineyard or winery can be a wonderful experience. However, some things should be considered before visiting one. Wine tours and wine tastingshave become very popular for vacation activities. It is also great for just a day trip if it is nearby. Before visiting a winery for a tasting or a tour, consider the following things.

The Time of Year

Wineries in the northern hemisphere harvest at different times than those in the southern hemisphere. Consider where the winery is and when they experience summer. Also, find out when their harvest time is. It is a good idea to ask about the different options of tours and tastings during the different seasons. The experiences will likely be very different.

Favourite Types of Wine

Before booking a tasting or a tour, consider the preferred types of wine. Look into wineries that produce more of the preferred or favourite types of wine. This will likely ensure a more enjoyable experience. Rather plan and do some research than end up at a red wine the only event with people who only drink white wine.

Safe Driving Arrangements

This is a very important consideration. Before heading out to a winery for a tasting or a tour, make safe travel arrangements. Not all wine tastings will get a person past the legal driving limit, but rather be safe. Arrange for a designated driver or a third-party driving service. Ensure that everyone arrives home safely.

Food and Water

Eat before going to the winery. Many tastings and tours may offer some type of food or snacks. However, be prepared and eat before going. It is never a good idea to drink wine on an empty stomach. There will likely also be restaurants, so try them out. Also, take water and keep hydrated between tour stages or tastings.

These four points should get things on the right track and avoid problems. It is always a good idea to do some research and find out as much as possible. To have a truly satisfying wine tasting experience, consider these four tips.

From field to cellar

by Gemma.

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Top Accolades for Winemakers

Wine is something that millions of people across the world get excited about. Making a bottle of wine with the right textures and notes is an art. There are thousands of vineyards and winemakers in the world. Many take part in international competitions to receive awards and accolades.

These awards place them as the best of the best and increase sales. Countries from all over the world take part. Here are some of the top competitions and accolades for winemakers.

Sommeliers Choice Awards

The Sommeliers Choice Awards sets the standard for wine sold at restaurants. The judges give marks for specific requirements that would make them decide a wine should be added to restaurant wine lists. Judges are top sommeliers, wine directors at restaurants and other establishments, and on-premise wine buyers.


London Wine Competition

The London Wine Competition rates wines on quality, packaging, and value for money. The judges are drawn from different wine-related fields. It is a unique wine competition that elevates the wines that are judged and go on to receive top awards.

Decanter World Wine Awards

The Decanter World Wine Awards, is the largest wine competition in the world. The competition judges are all experts in different fields relating to wine, for example champagne or pinotage. Wine is arranged for tasting according to different factors like colour, country, and price.

International Wine and Spirit Competition

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is a well-respected event. More than 80 countries from across the world take part in this competition. The IWSC is often seen as setting the benchmark for good quality wines and spirits. Beverages that receive awards at this competition are sure to be of the highest quality.

These international competitions award the top accolades to different winemakers all over the world. The best wines on the planet are found among the winners and medallists of these competitions. When looking for a great wine for a party or at a restaurant, check out the winners of these competitions.