Wine Tourism

Wine Tourism is a relatively new phenomenon.  It's roots go back to the 70's by the Judgement of Paris which inspired the movie Bottle Shock.  More and more people began making travel plans with wineries as their destination.  Prior to this wineries were primarily places where wine was made and they may or may not have small tasting rooms.

Now you can spend entire vacations at wineries like one our favorites King Estate Wineries in Oregon State and you can spend evenings at wineries like St. Michele Wineries enjoying a nice glass of wine and listening to your favorite live music. Their A lister music line up is always amazing. Great venue great wine. More and more wineries are providing facilities for wedding parties and other events.

In 2013 we attended the Wine Tourism Conference in Portland OR. One of the things that was really interesting was the mix between winery owners, tourism directors, and wine writers.  There were fantastic sessions and almost enough opportunities for networking.  Looking forward to continuing to connect with our new friends that were made at this event.

When you think of wine tourism what does that look like?  Where do you want to go?  Join this conversation on Twitter, Facebook and G+


What wine travel location / event is on your bucket list?



Here is the one tour that is at the top of our bucket list right now




THE ULTIMATE WINE FANTASY EXPERIENCE
Join Yves de Boisredon, the owner of the Baron of Wine, Inc. on a private Ultimate Wine Fantasy Experience - The only 5 star wine tour of France.  There is a great facebook page too.



Also consider adding Mine to Vine to your calendar


 MINE TO VINE

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Saturday in September.  This is a fantastic bike ride along the entirely paved trail of the Coeur D'Alenes (and all slightly downhill at that) followed by a lovely evening of wine tasting and dining with old and new friends.