Winecations – A brand new concept in wine vacations
· A relaxing low-key wine break
· Ideal for solo travellers – NO single supplements
· Beautiful, unspoilt wine holiday locations – France, Portugal, Italy, Spain
· Handful of superb escorted wine visits
· 4* hotels with spa & pool
· Near sea, lakes or mountains & great vineyards
· By villages or towns for sightseeing & shopping
Join the Inaugural Winecation!
NEW: Northern Portugal for Vinho Verde, Galicia & Port
22-27 June 2015 £1995p/p
This first Winecations! holiday is based in the spectacular city of Viano do Castelo to the North of Oporto, known as the “jewel of the Costa Verde coast”. The view from the magnificent traditional Pousada, where the tour stays, is described as one of the greatest in Portugal. This magnificent 20th century mansion has a glorious setting on Monte Santa Luzia, overlooking the town and the estuary of the river Lima. With its grand public rooms, tranquil gardens, it’s a perfect place to relax. Enjoy the panoramic views from the large pool, indulge in a massage or simply head off on one of the stunning walking trails. The charming coastal town below, with its cobbled streets, quayside cafes and elegant architecture is easily reached by the Victorian funicular. Across a magnificent Roman bridge with low arches, on the south bank of the Lima River, is the market town of Ponte de Lima. Its setting, together with a laid-back atmosphere makes it one of the loveliest and oldest small towns in Portugal.
The low-key wine visits involve a short trip over the border in Galicia, to discover delicious trendy Albariño and Treixadura wines; to Portugals’s Minho visiting the star producer Anselo Mendes, with the last day in Porto, tasting fine Ports at the famous Graham’s Port Lodge.
Includes: Five nights Pousada accommodation, standard rooms. Buffet breakfast. Dinner each evening, with local wines. On the first evening a short wine tasting will preceed dinner. Three lunches with wines. Transfer from and to Oporto airport by air conditioned coach/mini coach for the flight times shown only. Air-conditioned coach /mini-coach for the wine visits. A Tour Manager with some local wine knowledge will accompany the party to visits and at included meal times.
A French Winecation!
NEW: Provence, La Cadière d’Azur & Bandol, 20th– 25th October 2015 £2375/p
The second Winecations! holiday is a Provencal wine holiday based in La Cadière-d’Azur, a small medieval French hamlet perched on top of a rolling landscape above the renowned Bandol vineyards and with views that stretch to the Mediterranean. This quintessentially Provençal village whose winding, narrow flower-filled streets create an unspoilt haven.
The historic hotel nestles into the hillside with a welcoming pool, superb Roman style spa and it’s own Michelin starred restaurant run by father and son team, René and Jean-François Bérard. The handful of wine visits are in Bandol, famous for its big, powerful reds and good rosés, tasted alongside a Provençal lunch from the hosts’ farm kitchen.
Includes: five nights character hotel. Five dinners with wines (a mix of Michelin star & brasserie). Three lunches with wines, wine visits & tastings. Meet & drop off Marseilles airport. A Tour Manager with some local wine knowledge will accompany the party to visits and at included meal times.
One of the Most Exciting Foodie Spots in Italy
NEW: Südtirol & the Dolomites, 26th – 31st October 2015 £2250p/p
A Winecation! to the fascinating region of The Südtirol – this German speaking corner of Italy is culturally a blend of Germanic precision and Italian passion set against the backdrop of the Dolomites. Staying in the beautiful spa resort of Merano, the Winecations! hotel, with its own superb spa, sits on the banks of the Passiro River, close to the glorious terraced gardens of Castel Trauttmansdorff.
The surrounding vineyards produce world class Pinot Noirs, Pinot Biancos and stunning indigenous Lagrein. The wines are polished and elegant, a perfect accompaniment to the exceptional cuisine of the Südtirol.
Includes: five nights 4* hotel, with complimentary upgrade to superior rooms for double/twin share. Buffet breakfasts. Five dinners with wines, three lunches with wines, wine visits & tastings. Meet Verona airport. A Tour Manager with some local wine knowledge will accompany the party to visits and at included meal times.
A Spanish Wine Spa Winecation!
NEW: Cava & Penedes, Barcelona, 15th-19th November 2015 £2250p/p
The ultimate Winecation! This new Winecation holiday has exclusive use of the Can Bonastre Wine Estate hotel, a beautifully renovated XVI century country house, with stunning panoramic views over the property’s vineyards and the Montserrat Mountains.
Take the opportunity to relax and be pampered at the Wine Spa, enjoy the Turkish bath, sauna, indoor pool with massage jets and poolside loungers that look out across the mountains. The spa also has a unique range of wine essence massages. In contrast, the thrill of Barcelona is only half an hour away.
The Penedes wine producers present a top class range of wines on two evenings; taste the Can Bonastre wines, along with a wide range of the best of Penedes and savour the great firm of Torres and an artisan Cava producer over a traditional Spanish lunch.
Includes: four nights 5* winery hotel. Four dinners with wines. Two lunches, visits & tastings. Meet Barcelona airport. A Tour Manager with some local wine knowledge will accompany the party to visits and at included meal times.
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