It’s almost mid-August… What do you mean planning your summer wine trip? Well I didn’t mean a trip here. How about the southern hemisphere? January is prime summer time down under.
If you are in North America, a trip south to Argentina or Chile is not a far stretch. Vancouver, BC to Santiago, Chile via Air Canada is $1555 round trip in January. Toronto, Ontario to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Air Canada is $1503 round trip in January, per person. Both countries speak Spanish, but you can also get along with English as there are English speaking people in hotels as well as at wineries (from personal experience).
Before you get to any of the countries I mention, I recommend researching out some wineries on the Internet, then contacting the wineries in advance to set up a private tasting. I’ve done this in the past and I had great private tastings, which usually includes a few wines that are not normally poured at public tastings.
If you feel more comfortable being in an English-speaking environment, try Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. If you like wines and the environment of British Columbia, then New Zealand may be the destination for you. A round trip in January from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand $2460 via Air Canada per person. If you would like to see the terra rossa soil of the Coonawarra in Australia, and enjoy a big Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon, a Vancouver to Sydney, Australia round trip ticket costs around $2123 per person.
The longest flight for Canadians would be to South Africa, but you can experience the Old World wines of the New World. If you like the structure or finesse of French wines, for example, but also the fruit forwardness of North American wines, South Africa is a good choice. South African wines are designed for food, so make sure you enjoy a braii (a South African bbq) with your South African wines. A Toronto, Ontario to Capetown, South Africa in January is about $2061 via Air Canada per person.
Some questions you may have for your trip:
- What wines to enjoy in these southern hemisphere countries?
- What are the signature grapes of these countries?
- What are some interesting regions to visit in these countries?
These are all questions that you probably have as you consider your southern hemisphere Summer wine trip. In upcoming blog articles I will tackle these questions and hopefully help you have a great wine trip!
The flight prices I found on Travelocity.ca. They can change quickly, so I recommend doing a check on your own. Enjoy your trip planning!