So, you’re interested in taking a wine tour, but not entirely sure if it’s a good idea?
Maybe you find the idea a bit too indulgent, or simply lack the budget for a quality tour. Perhaps you want to fly out to another destination, but feel inhibited by work and responsibilities. Or maybe you’re just nervous because you’ve never taken a wine tour before and think it might be better to spend your money on a different kind of indulgence.
Whatever your reasons for second-guessing your plans, know that these concerns are common, especially for those planning on a budget—and that’s precisely where we come in!
Planning a Successful Itinerary
The trick to planning a wonderful wine tour (particularly for first-timers) is to do your research and speak with a reputable excursion service that fits your budget.
Yes, wine tours can be affordable—and if you’re fortunate enough to get in touch with a company that’s as passionate about viticulture as it is about running a business, you can book an excellent package that offers history, culture, food, drink, sightseeing and great company at a relatively smaller rate.
A budget-friendly excursion service in California may not take you to the most expensive wineries in Napa Valley—but it’ll treat you to the scenic beauty of lesser known parts of Cali that promise to deliver a memorable experience for wine enthusiasts of all groups and sizes.
What to Expect
A typical wine tour in the premier wine region of California consists of stunning views of the Golden State, depicted beautifully in the Academy Award-winning film, Sideways.
But contrary to popular opinion, the natural beauty isn’t confined to the more expensive wineries of Northern California.
If you plan to stick to a budget, head to Sant