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The top five wine holidays for 2017

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Combining beautiful sights with a drop of the local vino has got to be every wine-connoisseur’s dream holiday.

With this in mind we’ve enlisted the help of Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours as they offer one of widest choices of escorted wine holidays in Europe and the New World. Here are their top five wine holidays for 2017.

The Story of Georgia

Georgia has always staked its claim as the birthplace of wine and with grapes grown here for over 7,000 years, it’s unsurprising that the vine is so central to Georgian culture – production is an almost religious affair.

This 8-day tour takes place 20th-27th May 2017 and includes flights, seven nights in four and five star hotels, most meals included with wine, visits and tastings, expert wine guide and tour manager, £2,350 per person.

Introduction to Champagne

In 1668, Dom Pérignon developed a way to make sparkling wine… debate still surrounds the identity of the actual inventor of Champagne, but his techniques are still used the world over.

Guest will have the opportunity to taste (and buy) Champagnes from Taittinger and Vilmart, as well as many smaller producers. A highlight of the tour is the final lunch in the home village of Dom Pérignon himself and an extensive tasting of grower Champagnes.

The 3-day tour takes place 7th-9th April 2017 and includes return executive coach travel from London, two nights in a four-star hotel, one meal with wine, visits and tastings, expert wine guide and tour manager, £595 per person.

First Growths of Bordeaux

Visit and taste at the most exclusive and renowned wineries of Bordeaux in France. Fine wine should always be accompanied by fine food and this tour offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy gastronomic delights and local delicacies throughout.

This 5-day tour takes place 29th May-2nd June 2017 and includes flights, four nights in exclusive four star Chateau hotels, most meals included with wine, visits and tastings, expert wine guide and tour manager, £3,695 per person.

Vineyards of Sussex and Kent

The Romans were the first to bring the grapevine to England’s shores hundreds of years ago. Today the English wine scene is an exciting emerging area of the wine world, producing award-winning sparkling wines.

This 3-day tour takes place 27-29th April 2017 and includes travel from London, two nights in a four-star boutique guest house, most meals included with wine, visits and tastings, expert wine guide and tour manager, £795 per person.

Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

Chile’s landscape has often been called nature on a colossal scale and Argentina and Uruguay are almost as beautiful. Parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, and more offer the perfect visual accompaniment to the delicious wines that will cross your palates.

South America’s wine industry is thriving and guests on this tour can discover the finest source of well-priced, excellent-quality varietal wines. Try delicious Chilean Carmenère, Argentina’s star white Torrontés and Uruguay’s bold Tannat blends.

This 14-day tour includes flights 13 nights in four and five star hotels and a private wine estate, most meals included with wine, visits and tastings, expert wine guide and tour manager, 13-26th November 2017, £6,195 per person.

All of these wine holidays can be booked online at winetours.co.uk.