Sometimes it is a bit surprising how interviews turn out once they end up in print, as this article in the Daily Herald: Sturdy shoes essential to wine tour success, where they interviewed Britt of BKWine for good tips for wine touring. We would hardly recommend our guest to bring their own toilet paper. Nor warn for bugs and dirt… It makes it sound like an adventure tour, which is it not. Well, at least not that kind of adventure.
But putting on sturdy shoes is certainly a good idea. We even mention it in our FAQ on wine tours. And to be honest, the article does not really say that we did say that thing on paper.
But sturdy shoes really does make sense. You may be walking in the vineyards. Going down old stone steps into the cellar, where the floor is all wet. Or climbing up the ladder (if you want) to look down into a tank with fermenting must. You do not want to be wearing your high heels or polished brogues there.
Bring comfortable clothes, yes. Be prepared for a bit of sun (it can be scorching hot in the vineyard), yes. Or a few drops of rain, yes. And a big YES, ask a lot of questions. The more questions, the more enjoyable the wine tour will be.
Here is an extract from the article and interview with Britt:
“The single most important factor in a successful wine tour is comfortable, sturdy shoes,” Britt Karlsson says matter-of-factly. This lady knows what she’s talking about: Karlsson has organized more than 300 tours through wine regions around the globe with BKWine. BKWine, the company she owns with husband/ photographer Per Karlsson, recently was named “Best Wine Tours” by Travel & Leisure magazine.
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The final stop in any winery tour is the tasting room, offering everything from collectible vintages to cocktail napkins. But Karlsson reminds guests never to feel obliged to buy.
“A wine tour is more about the experience, learning about a region and its people than a shopping event.”
The article was written by Mary Ross, Advanced Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator.
Thank you for your interest!