Wine Trips for Non-Cyclists

Dive into up-and-coming regions without getting in the saddle

BY JILL ROBINSON — Summer 2018

GEORGIA (Eastern Europe): Get immersed in the qvevri winemaking technique, a traditional method using earthenware vessels that dates to 8,000 B.C., on Butterfield & Robinson’s “Georgia Places on the Verge” adventure. The 10-day itinerary begins in Tbilisi and travels through the Kakheti Province (the country’s foremost wine region), Caucasus Mountains, and along the Black Sea coastline. Combine wine tasting in monasteries and wineries with walks through ancient landscapes and mountainside sanctuaries. Includes overnights at best-in-region hotels, meals, local artisanal wine tastings, and ground transportation. Sept. 5-14; $7,495 per person. 866-551-9090;

MEXICO: Discover the Valle de Guadalupe, in Baja California, on Cox & Kings’ “Food & Wine Lovers’ Delight: Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe Wine Region” tour. Follow a suggested four-day itinerary or tailor a custom journey to your preferences. Focus on wineries such as Casa de Doña Lupe, La Cetto, and Pedro Domecq, or choose food pairings by local chefs who are raising the bar for Baja cuisine. Includes accommodations, meals, drinks, and transfers. Custom dates as arranged. From $1,795 per person. 800-999-1758;

U.S.: Improve your photography skills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley while getting exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to premier wineries on Lumaria Workshops’ “Oregon Wine Country — Insider’s Tour.” On this five-day tour with award-winning photographers Robert Holmes and Andréa Johnson, explore dramatic scenic areas, visit top-tier wineries, and sample the local wine and cuisine. Soar by private helicopter over vineyards, learn drone photography techniques, and tour between wineries on horseback. Includes lodging at luxury resorts, photography instruction, all activities, and ground transportation. July 31-Aug. 4. From $4,448 per person. 503-801-0000;


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