By Mrs. B
A stay in Europe is not complete without enjoying the amazing wine and vineyards found all over the country. Europe is known for it’s widespread wine regions which produce many varieties for enthusiasts to enjoy. Have the complete experience: Visit the grounds, learn about the process, and sample the finished products.
If you’re stationed in Europe–or traveling that way–here is a list of wineries to check out. I’ve listed them in no particular order with the location and wine region behind it.
Sailler-Cipolla Winery – Osann-Monzel, Germany; Mosel, Germany Region
This hidden gem is owned by a prior military member and his wife. They offer tastings, dinners, lunches, and even weekend stays. They also do custom parties and events at their location. Tours of the winery, distillery, and vineyards are available as well. During harvesting season you can join them for grape-picking. Contact them via the Facebook page to set up a tasting or stay.
Mosel Vinotek – Bernkastle-Kues, Germany; Mosel, Germany Region
At this wine museum, you can visit the wine cellar and, for a fee, sample their 150 different types of wine. It’s a great way to sample wines from all over the Mosel region of Germany. Bread and cheese can also be purchased for the tasting as well.
Dom Caudron Champagne – Passy-Grigny, France; Champagne, France Region
True champagne only comes from this region of France, which is a great reason to make a visit! Tours here can include chocolate, cheese, and even harvesting during the right season. They have a Model-T car that they take visitors out to see the grapes. Tastings are included in the tours. You can also visit the shop and tasting area without a tour, if so desired. Kids can be included on the tours here.
La Cité du Vin – Bordeaux, France; Bordeaux, France Region
At the world’s first wine theme park, you can experience a world of culture within it’s ten stories as well as the wine itself. The tour is also kid-friendly with set-ups that will delight those of all ages. While this is not a typical winery experience, it can provide a unique twist on learning and experiencing wine.
Bodegas David Moreno – Badarán, Spain; La Rioja, Spain Region
This winery offers several different types of experiences from a tour and tasting to dinner in the cellar with several choices in between. If kids are attending, they will get to sample some non-alcoholic apple ciderswhile the of age participants sample the wines. They also offer a fun family day harvesting experience at the end of the season each year.
Castello Banfi – Montalcino, Italy; Tuscany, Italy Region
Visit a castle and sample wine at the same location at this family-friendly winery. The guided tour takes an hour and you can taste their wines before or after the tour as well. Visit the Glass and Bottle Museum to see a history of the making of glass bottles, as well as see the old stable and olive pressing room. You can even spend a night in the castle!
Taylor’s – Porto, Portugal; Porto, Portugal Region
Visit the 300-year-old wine cellars using an audio guide to learn the story of port wine. After the tour you can enjoy a tasting of two of the Port wines in the garden terrance overlooking the city of Porto. Children are welcome on the tour and will receive grape juice and crackers. You can also do olive oil tastings and there is a restaurant on site for lunch & dinner.
Wine Salon of the Czech Republic – Valtice, Czech Republic; Moravia, Czech Republic Region
Looking to sample a wide range of the Moravia wines in one place? This is the place to visit. Sample the top wines of the regions– as many as you’d like for a fee during a 90-minute period. There are also displays and a guide to explain information and ask questions.
Cidreire Lebrec– Englesqueville-la-Perecee, France; Normandy, France Region
This region is known for it’s cider (or cidre in French) farms, which provide a delicious and unique experience. Ciders can be alcoholic and non-alcoholic, so everyone in your party can enjoy sampling these local drinks. These are located all over the region, just look for the apple signs that say cidre and follow them to the farms. Each farm cider tastes different, too! Our favorite was Cidreier Lebrec which is a 10th Century fortified farm complete with a drawbridge! If you arrive and the bridge is up, just ring the bell to be let in. They offer samplings of their ciders and also sell local honey.