Award-winning wine writer Taber (To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle, 2007, etc.) explores wineries around the world and assesses the development and unique offerings of wine tourism in each region.
The author, a seasoned traveler and oenophile, visited most of the major wine-producing regions in the world, including Napa Valley, where wine tourism was first implemented on a grand scale; the Douro Valley in Portugal and Bordeaux region of France, two of the most richly historical areas in the world of wine; and Kakheti, Georgia, the “last frontier” in wine tourism. Some regions provide more fodder for romantic imaginings than others—the medieval cathedrals set amid the rolling hills of Rioja, Spain; the “unexpected sharpness and deep color saturation” in Central Otago, New Zealand—yet all the destinations possess their own special charm. From exotic wildlife photography in South Africa or listening to symphonies in the Australian bush, to experiencing a cooking class in a Tuscan monastery, Taber demonstrates that there are ample travel opportunities for a wide range of styles, budgets and levels of wine knowledge. Each region is afforded a chapter devoted to the history and development of its tourism, the particular grapes that thrive there and Taber’s recommendations of particular wineries and other attractions that will ensure a memorable trip. Also included are brief vignettes from the author’s travels. While many delightfully capture the essence of each destination, certain shorter, clipped entries may cause readers to thirst for more—a tribute to Taber’s clean, informative and entertaining style.
An evocative blend of travel memoir and history that will satisfy and guide wine lovers planning their own journeys.