Wine tourism It is a type of tourism that is mixed with the wine richness of each region. This tourism option is widely related to cultural, beauty tourism linked to wine therapy and gastronomy. If you would like to visit wineries and vineyards to taste the best wines, you must have wine tourism as an option for your next trips.
Within the main wine tourism routes in the world, Spain is one of the countries whose denominations of origin and wineries have worldwide recognition, therefore, it is not surprising that it is considered by many to be the country of wine and that has great tourist potential related to this alcoholic beverage.
Spain, aware of its privileged position as the third wine producer in the world, offers tourists a wide variety of wine and gastronomic routes that seek to publicize this industry and boost its consumption. Although the number of tourists who visit the year is not calculable wineries of Spain, it is estimated that more than 2.5 million people visit its facilities every year.
On these routes offered by travel agencies in conjunction with restaurants and wineries, information on the wine making, group tastings are held, gastronomy courses are taught, and excursions are made to vineyards in areas such as Ribera del Duero, La Mancha, Penedés, El Priorato and La Rioja. In addition, it is feasible to make a night visit and spend the night in some of the wineries that increasingly provide more services such as museums, spas, hotels and others.
Some of the recommended destinations for wine tourism in Spain they are:
Bullas wine route. Land in large proportion destined to the production of wine since the 18th century. An average of two hundred traditional wineries are still totally or partially preserved. The Bullas Wine Route will allow us to know a population whose heritage, economy and cultural wealth are intimately linked to wine. This region is located northeast of Murcia.
La Mancha wine roads. Route formed by the municipalities of Pedro Muñoz, Villarrobledo, Campo de Criptana, Alcazar de San Juan, Tomelloso, and San Clemente. On this tour we will find a pleasant landscape made up of large vineyards and, a wine culture and gastronomic that has been strengthening since ancient times.
In the La Mancha Wine Route We will find a wide range of wines ranging from sparkling wines to excellent reds and whites. This route is located within the Denomination of Origin of La Mancha that brings together more than four hundred wineries that are recognized for the quality of their wines.
Wine Routes and Brandy del Marco de Jerez. Tour consisting of nine municipalities, including: El Puerto de Santa María, Chiclana, Lebrija, Puerto Real, and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The wines of this route belong to the Denomination of Origin of Jerez and stand out for their aromas and colors having vine especially of the Moscatel variety. Within this route we can be part of different festivities such as Sanlúcar de Barrameda (dedicated to Manzanilla wine), and El Puerto de Santa María (dedicated to Fine Wine).
Navarra Wine Route. In this tour we will dive into the wine culture through the wide selection of wineries and establishments that make it up. We can choose between knowing the centuries-old, industrial, artisanal wineries or visiting restaurants where we can taste wines (characterized by the bottling of rosé, muscat, red and white wines) and taste the cuisine of the area. The Navarra Wine Route is located in the Community of Navarra and communicates with highways and carts such as the A-15 to Pamplona and San Sebastián, and the A-12 to Logroño.
Rioja – Alavesa Wine Route. With more than 13 thousand hectares of vineyards and more than four hundred wineries, this route is controlled by the Regulatory Council of the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin. The Rioja Wine Route – Alavesa is made up of fifteen municipalities and its wineries annually generate more than one hundred million bottles of wine.
Other international routes recommended for wine tourism They are:
Argentina. Both San Juan and Mendoza stand out for their quality vineyards.
U.S. The valleys of California are recognized for their designations of origin and for the large number of hectares destined for both artisanal and industrial vineyards.
Australia. Wine routes that target the areas of New South Wales are recommended.
Chile. From the north with the Limari Valley to the south with the Itata Valley, Chile has nine outstanding wine routes.
Mexico. This country has travel agencies specialized in wine routes, highlighting the destinations of Baja California, Coahuila and Queretaro.
Europe. Wine tourism enthusiasts must have the Douro Valley in Portugal and Bordeaux in France, within their recommended routes.
Wine tourism is an interesting offer for all those who are looking for a different tourism, less traditional leisure alternatives, escape from the classic weekends and live innovative experiences.