Enjoy tasting at Kalleske Winery in the Barossa Valley

Here's where to find the most lavish wine tastings around the world | Source: Kalleske Wines Facebook

From Grape to Glass: Luxury Wine Tasting Experiences Around the Globe

There’s nothing like the pop of a cork, watching a red spill into a glass and taking that first sip of wine after a long day. Whether you’re a Shiraz lover or prefer a lighter Pinot-Gris, wine is a drink that has permeated countries and cultures across the globe.

If you’re looking to take your taste for wine that much further, tasting experiences are the best way to learn the true significance and story behind each drop, from terroir to tannins.

So, because life’s too short to drink bad wine, we’ve put together a list of eight of the most luxurious wine tasting experiences around the globe.

Fly to Leeuwin Estate Winery for Lunch and a Tasting

Margaret River, Western Australia

One of the few hassles of a wine tasting can often be making your way to the venue, with many wineries nestled in far-flung rural locations. So, if you want to skip the drive altogether and arrive in style, look no further than this opportunity to be flown from Perth to the Leeuwin Estate winery in just one hour, via helicopter.

A truly luxurious experience, you will be well looked after by the experts at Leeuwin Estate who are consistently regarded as one of the top 100 wineries in Australia. A food menu features a spread of seasonal Western Australian produce to delicately pair with your drink.

This luxury experience starts at A$580 per person.

Leeuwin Estate at night
Leeuwin Estate at night | Source: Leeuwin Estate

Wine Tasting at Domaso in Lake Como

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como is the crown jewel of the Lombardy region in Italy. The third-largest lake in the country, Lake Como is set against the backdrop of the Alps, delivering breathtaking vistas.

A wine tasting at Domaso will treat you to an Italian family-run villa/winery experience, unrivalled scenery and a carefully curated selection of food to suit your palette. Included in the wine tasting experience is a tour of the cellar and a tasting session of the best wines Domaso has to offer, all complemented by local Italian cuisine. A single tasting session will have your palette bursting with flavours and pairings. On the menu is an offer of white wine ‘Le Calderine Terre Lariane’, paired with cheese, pear and apple jam, rosè wine ‘Roselario IGT Terre Lariane’ with ricotta cheese with virgin olive oil and red wine as well as ‘Ca Del Mot Terre Lariane’ paired with seasonal cheese, wildflower honey and salami.

Likely to sell out, this wine experience starts at just A$60 per person.

Lake Como
Enjoy wine tasting against the backdrop of Lake Como for A$60 per person | Source: Viator

Wine Festival at La Fête du Champagne

Los Angeles, California

The ultimate decadent experience, La Fête du Champagne is an annual tasting event run by professional wine writer and critic, Peter Liem and wine director, Daniel Johnnes. The two-day festival features 30 growers, gourmet cuisine and the rarest of drops to be found around the world.

Perfect for experts and wine enthusiasts alike, look no further than this soigne event, which takes place this year from November 3 to 5 in Los Angeles. The multi-day program features a series of dinners, a grand tasting and a gala dinner.

La Fête du Champagne
This two-day festival is a haven for wine lovers | Source: La Fête du Champagne

Tastings at the Humble Grape

London, England

Experts in the glass, the Humble Grape boasts a menu of over 400 biodynamic, natural and sustainable wines set within interiors designed by the eminent architect Sir Christopher Wren. The rustic decor oozes period charm and features cork walls and recycled wood.

On the menu is a range of seasonal British food and a Sunday roast special of pork belly with Yorkshire pudding, grilled cauliflower cheese and roasted vegetables drizzled in gravy.

Every month, the restaurant hosts a wine tasting masterclass that serves a mixture of light and dry whites, rosés, full-bodied and light reds, and dessert wines in a carefully curated order, each with a captivating backstory behind it.

Tickets for the wine tastings vary from event to event, with a capacity of 20 people.

The interiors of the Humble Grape
The interiors of the Humble Grape | Source: Design My Night

Kalleske Vineyard and Winery Experience

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Kalleske Vineyard is a hidden gem of the Barossa Valley. Operating for over 150 years, the winery prides itself on sustainable farming practices and has been certified organic and biodynamic since 1998.

To experience the rich history of Kalleske, take part in a private winery and guided vineyard tour with a tasting experience. A dedicated host will meet you at the Kalleske Cellar Door and explain the complex process of grape growing and accompany you to the winery. The two-hour experience includes sweeping views of the estate and wider Barossa Valley and a Kalleske food and flight menu paired by the host.

This winery and vineyard tour starts at A$80 for two guests.

Kalleske Vineyard in the Barossa Valley
Tour Kalleske in the Barossa Valley for A$80 per person | Source: Organic Wine

Private Wine Tour by Tesla in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, South of France

This private wine tour is the epitome of luxury, operating only via Tesla through the wine regions in Bordeaux. The tour is led by a driver who also happens to be an expert in local French wine and will drive you to three stops in the district.

The eminent vineyards of Bordeaux are world famous for their incredible selection of wines, ranging from reds to dry or sweet whites and classic rosés. The district not only has a huge selection of vineyards but also includes 6,000 chateaux, medieval cities, sites and churches.

Watch historical Roman architecture and lush green vineyards slip by from the comfort of a Tesla.

This tour starts at around A$1,088 per group of three.

Experience the sights of Bordeaux via Tesla
Experience the sights of Bordeaux via Tesla for A$1,087.50 per group | Source: Wine Tourism

Concha y Toro Winery Tour

Santiago, Chile

Concha y Toro is the largest producer and exporter of wines in South America, with roots in 19th-century Chilean aristocracy. Today, the winery produces several variations of grapes including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Gewürztraminer under their whites and a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a Carmenère for their reds.

This four-hour experience includes a tasting of three vintage wines, and four premium samples, all accompanied by perfectly paired cheeses.

This winery tour starts at approximately A$95.36 per person.

Concha y Toro in Chile
Taste authentic Chilean wines for A$95.36 per person | Source: Viator

Merryvale Estate Picnic and Tasting

Napa Valley, California

Picnics have been taken to the next level in this exclusive offer from Merryvale Estate. For you and a group of friends, a host will take you to the Estate’s Vineyard, which is perched 800 feet above sea level in the charming St. Helena. You will then be treated to a flight of Merryvale wines, presented to you by your host and accompanied by lunch, all set to the backdrop of panoramic winery views.

These vineyards have been operating since the 1990s when the Swiss-born Schattler family attained the land and built their family legacy. In 1997, Merryvale Estate was planted with 25 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

The Merryvale Profile Estate Picnic starts at approximately A$433.40 per person.

Merryvale Estate Vineyard
Sip and eat at the Merryvale Estate Vineyard for A$433.4 per person | Source: Merryvale

If you find yourself wining and dining in Victoria, check out our guide on The 10 Best Wine Bars in Melbourne.

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