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Wine Lover’s Tours located in New Haven, Connecticut has been hosting wine tours since 1980. Wine Lover’s provides group wine tours to unique wine regions across the globe, in such countries as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, the United States, and more.
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We handle it all. Sit back, relax, and let Wine Lovers Tours take care of everything so you can enjoy life and take it all in – the wines, the food, the people, the breathtaking scenery. There’s no need to worry about drinking and driving or getting lost in a foreign country. There’s no hassle or worry about getting into your favorite wineries – with Wine Lovers, you gain exclusive access & special events reserved only for groups like ours.
Group Wine Tours
These are not your ordinary tours. These are experiential vacations, not some “run of the mill, see a new city every day & spend half your trip on a bus” type of your. Our tours are also not just for wine lovers since we craft them to pair closely with slow food experiences and cultural immersion. We balance just the right amount of activity with ample free time. They’re also just the right length so you can plan your own extension if you like.
Think groups tours aren’t for you? Think again. Wine Lovers Tours are intended for people who don’t normally like group tours. “We try to create an atmosphere of a family or group of friends traveling together,” says company Founder and President, Vin Marottoli. Over 80% of our tour participants come back, so we must be doing something right. Our customers are part of what makes the trips so special and fun. There really is an unmatched camaraderie inherent with traveling with like minded people passionate about wine, food, travel & la dolce vita.
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France, more than any other wine-producing country, offers an unequaled selection of wines. They span every taste sensation and include some of the greatest wines the world has ever known. Great wines are never inexpensive. But because French wines are so varied, they cover a braod range of prices.
Blessed with an ideal combination of soil, climate and a long tradition of wine making, France has over the centuries created wines that are the standards against which all other wines are judged.
About one million Frenchmen grow grapes. From these grapes come wines of every style, each different from those of other regions.
The centuries-old wine history of France has shown that the quality of a wine is tied to two factors: the grape variety and the soil. So the same grape variety will produce a different wine in one place than it will in another place where the soil is different. Under AOC laws, only grape varieties that have proven themselves best for that place are allowed to be grown there and to be used in that wine.
Some wines are, by tradition and law, made of several varieties- Bordeaux red for example can be made of 6 different grapes. Other wines such as beaujolais must be made of only one variety.
When more grapes per acre are produced, the concentration of taste tends to decrease. In order to prevent overproduction and maintain high standards, a maximum number of gallons of wine per acre has been established. As an appellation becomes more specific- St. Emilion for instance- the number of gallons allowed from each acre decreases.
AOC laws also limit the number of vines per acre as well as the pruning methods.
It is under these strict regulations that French wine makers must try to produce the best quality wines. They are not even allowed to irrigate!
Spain has the distinction of having more land devoted to vines than any other country. Yet it only produces a fraction of what Italy produces.
In 1970 Spain passed stringent wine laws and the quality has soared. Its most famous wine region is perhaps Penedes, known for its sparkling wine production. However the best quality wine originated in Rioja in northen Spain.
However recently other areas have begun to produce world-class wines. Priorato, below Barcelona , is known for its highly concentrated wines. Ribera del Duero has produced some of Spain’s best wines recently but new areas such as Toro, Navarra and Rueda are producing truly excellent wines.
Besides the sparkling wines of Penedes, great white wines are being produced in Galicia. And no discussion of Spain’s wine regions would be complete with reference to Sherry. Sherry is a fortified wine produced in the southern area of Jerez de la Frontera. It can be produced in dry, semi dry and very sweet versions.
Italy is a huge wine bottle full of wine. From the Alps to the tip of Calabria, Italy has a wide array of climates and soils. In fact Italy produces more varieties of wine than any other country in the world.
The grape varieties are distinctly Italian; many of them are grown nowhere else in the world. While some Italian wines are produced from just one grape variety, many are made from blends of different grapes and produce a wine impossible to duplicate elsewhere.
Italian wine production has shifted from the small farmer to larger companies that have modern facilities comparable to the best in the world. These modern producers vary in size from single estates to very large wineries with extensive vineyards. There are also many cooperatives that group hundreds of small wineries.
Ever since the Wine Law of 1963, Italian wines have experienced a dramatic shift in quality. These laws regulate the characteristics of that wine, from the varieties of grapes used to the terrain to the aging: in fact very little is not regulated. Only about 10% of Italian wines fall into this DOC category- Denominazione di Origine Controllata.
Italy has also gone one step further and created another category: DOCG- reserved for wines of “particular reputation and worth.”
If a bottle carries the DOC label you can be sure:
- that the wine is from the area named;
- that it is produced from the specific proportions of specific grapes and that it has been properly aged;
- that the vineyards have been regulated to limit their maximum production;
- that the vintage year on the bottle is accurate
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Germany’s best vineyards are as far north as grapes can grow. They are grown on terrain that is unfit for other crops, and on slopes that make them seemingly impossible to cultivate. Yet it is a tribute to the skill and perseverance of the German wine maker that they are able to produce such well balanced wines under the most difficult growing conditions.
The secret is the balance of sugar with acidity. Because German wines are so low in alcohol and with less body than other white wines, the nuances of flavor are more obvious.
The two best wine regions in Germany are along the Rhine and Model Rivers. Both offer dramatic, picturesque vistas and are a delight to visit by boat. The visitor is usually amazed at the steep slopes that must be negotiated.
Riesling is the key grape in all of Germany’s vineyards and reaches its apogee here. Other garpes are used, such as the Muller-Thurgau and the Sylvaner. There are very few reds produced in Germany.
The key to understanding a German wine label is all contained on the label, which can often be intimidating because of the language. However understanding the label can be summarized in this way: the basic fine wine is called qba; the next level higher in quality is qba with pradikat. These pradikat or qualifications are: kabinett, spatlese, beerlauslese and trockenbeerenauslese. The driest category is the former and the sweetest is the latter.
There is a significant amount of sparkling wine produced, called sekt.
California leads the production of quality wines in North America. After Prohibition, production of wines reached a nadir. However in the 1960’s behind the push given by Robert Mondavi, Californian wines started a renaissance that continues even today.
Napa Valley was the first area to produce premium wines, followed by Sonoma. However up and down the coast there are numerous wine regions producing outstanding wines.
All of the major European grapes are cultivated but California’s claim to fame is the Zinfandel, grown no where else.