It’s perhaps quite the challenge for the non-wine enthusiast or non-drinker proper to see any value in visiting venues such as wine estates, particularly because such destinations are associated with the traditions synonymous with them, such as wine tasting and perhaps even pairing the wine they get to taste and drink with cheese. You don’t go to a wine estate to get sloshed on wine though and so wine estates are indeed great for wine-lovers and non-drinkers alike.

It’s Wine Tasting, not Wine Drinking

You get a spitting bowl to spit out the wine you taste when on a wine tasting activity, so even if you’re a non-drinker you can savour the taste of the wine you’re introduced to and enjoy it in that way without its intoxicating effects. It actually makes for quite a bit of fun trying to align what your taste buds are telling you with what the wine master says went into the making of the specific wine you’re tasting, such as perhaps trying to identify the aroma of some oak wood which the wine may have been matured in.

Wine Tasting - Dining Guide

Lunch is Served

Whenever one visits a wine estate, it’s never really just a spur-of-the-moment walk-in thing. You usually have to book and confirm a date and time for when you plan to visit, although there are some open tours and excursions available during specific seasons when walk-ins are allowed. Consequently, the rather intimate tour normally plays out over quite a few hours and in between each of the activities of the tour you will likely enjoy a full lunch which is enriched by some of the estate’s finest wines, or perhaps even some grape juice for those whose relationship with wine or any form of alcohol is a non-existent one.

The lunch at the typical self-respecting wine estate is so good that some people even visit just for that experience.

Bask in the Breathtaking Beauty

An al fresco lunch is perhaps as good as it gets when enjoying your midday meal at a wine estate as this allows you to get a full view of the often breathtaking beauty on which wine estates typically stand. In my entire life of travelling (and even watching travel shows to get my travel fix when I’m stationary), I’m yet to see a wine estate that falls even the slightest bit short of being majestically beautiful. They truly are things of beauty with some great architecture to match the naturally-occurring beauty.

Vineyard Dining Guide

Learn Something New and Interesting

Going back to the tours offered by wine estates, the education you’ll enjoy usually stretches beyond just winemaking. The quintessential wine estate forms part of an extraordinary history mainly around settlement colonies and explorers, so just the building itself will likely have so much interesting history attached to it.

Most wine estates are dotted along a wine-lands corridor because of the ideal growing conditions for different grape varieties, which further serves as some more interesting facts to learn about beyond the process of winemaking.

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Written by David

Hello I’m Keb, a self-confessed lover of travel and food, join me as I explore the world one meal at a time.