Paris, France (September 28, 2009) -- With the grape harvest season in full swing for most wineries in Europe and North America, City-Discovery.com helps travelers discover the best vineyards for wine tasting and related activities.
To master the art of wine touring, City Discovery begins with the Paris Champagne Tasting Cruise, which involves cruising down the Seine River while sipping bubbly champagne. Also included in the agenda is an informative champagne presentation by a personal sommelier, who not only gives a detailed explanation of the champagne production process but also waxes poetic on Parisian monuments while serving Champagnes Brut, Demi-sec and Rosé Champagnes.
Next up is the Grand Seven Wine Tasting Experience in Paris, where participants can taste a wonderful variety of French wines from Alsace to Bordeaux and from Burgundy to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This unique wine-tasting experience also involves a wonderful introduction by a French sommelier to the great diversity of French vineyards, a discussion on wine techniques for appreciation and strategies for pairing food and wine, and a guide on how to observe and distinguish the unique characteristics of various wines from France's many "terroirs." Along with the tasting is a selection of delicious French breads, which rounds up the tasting to a T.
After France, City Discovery takes wine tourists to Italy with an Exclusive Wine and Cheese Tasting in Florence. Featuring white and red wines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti colli Senesi DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino Tiezzi and SuperTuscan Noir, the tour promises an explosion of flavors and aromas, amid a pleasurable heightening of senses. An exceptional sommelier adds a colorful addition to the activity, treating guests to a special lecture on food and wine dominant to the Tuscan countryside. A tasting in one of Pisa's famous wine and food shop concludes this day tour, a fitting end to an unforgettable experience.
On the other side of the Atlantic, City Discovery promotes the Wine Country Explorer Pass, a golden ticket to a complete Napa and Sonoma experience. The tour involves 11 great wine tastings at Simi Winery, Clos Pegase, Goosecross Cellars and so on, as well as free admissions to two museums: the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Napa Valley Museum. The ticket, which amounts to a savings of US$107 (compared to buying individual tickets), also provides VIP extras such as 15 percent savings at the Napa General store and 10 to 15 percent savings on selected wine purchases at various wine stores and outlets.
Concluding the American leg of the art of wine touring a la City Discovery is the Colchagua Valley Wine Route. Highlights include a chance to discover the whole process of wine production and wine tasting and a visit to the Colchagua Museum, a private museum that holds an interesting collection of insects trapped in amber, plus objects of pre-Colombine cultures. Colchagua Valley in the town of Santa Cruz features some of the best wineries in the world: Viu Manent, Santa Laura, Bisquert, Mont Gras and Montes among many others.
South of the hemisphere are world-acclaimed Australian wines from the vineyards of the Hunter region, which is Australia's oldest commercial wine producing district with over 7,000 acres under vine. For a chance to thoroughly explore this region, check out City Discovery's Hunter Valley Wineries tour, which features a visit to the world-renowned Lindemans for a private wine tasting, a complete wine appreciation course at the Hunter Valley Wine School, a visit to the Bluetongue Brewery, home of Bluetongue Beer and so much more. The wine list features favorites like Semillon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs.
On to the lush wine lands of South Africa, City Discovery invites wine tourists to Cape Town's most popular and well-known wine regions: Franschhoek, Paarl Valley and Stellenbosch. The Full Day Winelands Tour from Cape Town starts off with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley, where a cellar tour and a wine tasting await at one of the local estates. The wine touring continues northwest to the beautiful village of Franschhoek and then to Stellenbosch, the historic heart of Cape Town's wine region
Other options such as visits to the Xanadu winery in Perth; exclusive wine tasting in Rome, Pisa, Milan and Florence; trips to renowned wine regions like Adelaide's Barossa Valley, Guia's Adega do Cantor or Singer's Winery and Montevideo's Wine Roads (Montevideo); and Spanish Wine Tasting are part of City Discovery's full spectrum of wine tour offers that sees repeat bookings year after year. (For a complete listing of City Discovery wine tours, please visit City Discovery)
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