Wine Week is celebrated in the UK between May 28th and June 5th this year. While it’s all well and good marking the occasion at home, we think it’s even better if you happen to be enjoying a wonderful holiday abroad. So make the most of Wine Week and set out to discover some tantalising vineyards, wine bars and local tipples in these destinations.
Antigua Casa de Guardia – Malaga
In Malaga, it’s all about the sweet, fortified wine and there’s no better place to sample it than the Antigua Casa de Guardia. Find this historic establishment, which dates back to 1840, on Alameda Principal and head inside to peruse the bank of casks all lined up against the wall. Choose your wine, which is served in a small glass and the barman will chalk the price onto the narrow wooden bench in front of you. Don’t forget to have these marks totted up and settle the bill before you leave.
Sant’Erasmo Island – Venice
The Island of Sant’Erasmo can be found in the Venetian Lagoon and is known for its Malvasia white wine. Touring the vineyards, tasting the wines – which are still produced in a traditional manner – and enjoying foods to complement their flavours are a great way to mark Wine Week during your holidays. The boat trip over from Venice itself all just adds to the experience.
Peljesac peninsula – Dubrovnik
Wine may not be the first thing you think of when planning a holiday to Croatia, but the country’s wonderful climate produces some great reds and whites. One of Croatia’s premier wine growing regions is the Peljesac peninsula, located less than an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik. The Greeks first started growing the grapes to make wine and the process was taken up and refined by the Romans. Dingac is the most famous wine from the region, but you’ll also be able to try postup and plavac mali too.
BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto – Lisbon
Bairro Alto is undeniably the best area of Lisbon to head to for a night out. In honour of Wine Week be sure to seek out this tiny, yet atmospheric wine bar within the neighbourhood. Despite its small proportions it still manages to stock in excess of 200 varieties of Portuguese wine. Be ready for a bit of a lesson on the wines of the country, as the staff are so enthusiastic, each glass comes with an explanation on the origins of the wine and the types of grapes used. There are even port wines dating back to 1851 available, but only ask for these if you are prepared to really push the boat out!
Carmel wine region – Tel Aviv
Being on holiday in Israel does not stop you from enjoying Wine Week, in fact, the country is home to some world-class wineries. The Carmel region, for example, is associated with the Rothschild family, who have been cultivating grapes in the area since 1882. You can visit the Carmel Winery they set up, as well as a number of others in the region. Another unmissable part of the Rothschild estate is the Ramat Hanadiv botanical gardens. Wine and wandering through beautiful surroundings – a perfect holiday combination.