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    • sarah69696pink
    • By sarah69696pink 17th May 19, 7:01 PM
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    European countries for wine tasting
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    European countries for wine tasting 17th May 19 at 7:01 PM
    Lately done a few trips that have involved wine tasting (Australia, France, Italy and South Africa) that we really enjoyed. We were thinking of Portugal (Porto to go on to the Douro Valley) but its quite pricey the weekend we were hoping to go and wondered if anyone had any other suggestions for European weekends with good wine tasting options?
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 17th May 19, 7:50 PM
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    There are some great wine-tasting opportunities in Georgia: Google 'Vino Underground' for details of a cellar bar with a fantastic collection and a range of affordable packages.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 18th May 19, 7:54 AM
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    Any country in Europe that's outside of the €urozone should be excellent vfm.....eg. Romania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 18th May 19, 8:36 AM
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    If you can get a cheap flight out to Bilbao or Santander then the rioja region of Northern Spain is close by. You could either do an organised tour or simply get the bus to Haro and find your own accommodation.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 18th May 19, 8:47 AM
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    I read something recently (I think it was in the Flybe in-flight magazine) about someone who runs wine tours in Cornwall. I hadn't even known that wine was made in Cornwall but it could be something a bit different.



    Might well be this one https://www.cornishwinetours.com/
    • sarah69696pink
    • By sarah69696pink 19th May 19, 8:30 AM
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    Thanks all - will get looking up some options - was very blinkered with my plans!!
    • maisie06
    • By maisie06 19th May 19, 3:05 PM
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    Slovenia has some superb vineyards and is a beautiful country - worth a look.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 19th May 19, 3:24 PM
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    Porto is great. A sunset drink on the Yeatman terrace can be very pleasant.
    Food in the restaurants where the locals go can be very good value.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
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    • By hollydays 19th May 19, 3:47 PM
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    Porto is great. A sunset drink on the Yeatman terrace can be very pleasant.
    Food in the restaurants where the locals go can be very good value.
    Originally posted by richardw
    I've tried to like Portuguese food but failed
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    • By richardw 19th May 19, 4:05 PM
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    I've tried to like Portuguese food but failed
    Originally posted by hollydays
    I had huevos rotos in Porto which was delicious and great value.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 19th May 19, 4:06 PM
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    Ive been to Celler Espelt, nw of Roses Spain, 15 euro for a tour that lasts 1.5 hours.
    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 19th May 19, 5:43 PM
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    There are some great wine-tasting opportunities in Georgia
    I would have thought that the good ol' boys down there were more into "White Lightning" than fine wines !!!
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    • By PompeyPete 19th May 19, 6:27 PM
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    Ive been to Celler Espelt, nw of Roses Spain, 15 euro for a tour that lasts 1.5 hours.
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    KEO Winery in Limassol too. Any bottle that fails the quality test goes onto the Winery Tour 'wash-up' session on completion.
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    • By hollydays 20th May 19, 7:16 AM
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    I had huevos rotos in Porto which was delicious and great value.
    Originally posted by richardw
    Sounds great but also sounds Spanish. It's that salted cod I can't abide
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 20th May 19, 8:09 AM
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    Slovenia has some superb vineyards and is a beautiful country - worth a look.
    Originally posted by maisie06
    I'll second that....just got back from 3 weeks there [Kranjska Gora]. It's a shame it's in the €urozone though.....quite expensive.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 20th May 19, 9:49 AM
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    I would have thought that the good ol' boys down there were more into "White Lightning" than fine wines !!!
    Originally posted by NoodleDoodleMan

    Considering that Georgia and Armenia are the world's oldest wine producers there is a fantastic culture of the vine in that part of the world.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 20th May 19, 10:29 AM
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    I do love a good wine tour but you have to do your research before booking as you do get what you pay for. I did an excellent all day tour in Lanzarote with a small group which wasn't cheap (about €50 I think) but which had multiple tastings, guided tours and food at each stop but there were others which shipped people around on a big bus, gave them a thimble of wine and directed them to the gift shop.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 22nd May 19, 6:29 PM
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    I do love a good wine tour but you have to do your research before booking as you do get what you pay for. I did an excellent all day tour in Lanzarote with a small group which wasn't cheap (about €50 I think) but which had multiple tastings, guided tours and food at each stop but there were others which shipped people around on a big bus, gave them a thimble of wine and directed them to the gift shop.
    Originally posted by Doshwaster
    Perhaps because on a wine tour it is good manners to buy, not just taste.
    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 22nd May 19, 9:38 PM
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    Considering that Georgia and Armenia are the world's oldest wine producers there is a fantastic culture of the vine in that part of the world
    We are on different wavelengths geographically !!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qogVHlmFcx0
    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 22nd May 19, 10:08 PM
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    Too late to organise for this year as it's 25/26 May, but Cantine Aperte in Italy was always something I looked forward to when I lived there. You buy a glass which goes to charity and then off you go. This is the one I used to go to: http://www.movimentoturismovino.it/public/eventi_istituzionali/20190508160551_0.pdf


    Failing that why not have a wander around Hampshire and Sussex? Quality and quantity were both great last year!
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