Slovenia – Europe’s Most Promising Wine Destination

Have you ever taken a wine tour in Slovenia? If you have, this article might rekindle a few lovely memories. If not, you absolutely must.

What is a wine tour?

In Slovenia, a wine tour could mean several things. A common one of which is strolling from winery to winery until you can no longer stroll and end up spending the rest of the day talking, singing and drinking whine in one of them. But a more cultured version of a wine tour is one that takes you – a local or tourist – into the heart of Slovenia’s winegrowing regions to taste the best wines the country has to offer.

Wine tours usually take a day (or several) and are perfect for people who don’t have time to wander around and go winery-hopping with the locals. It’s basically an exclusive, affordable way of tasting superb wines and local dishes while discovering the Slovenian outdoors.

Why join a wine tour in Slovenia?

A wine tour gives you a first-hand experience of authentic local cuisine and the wine that goes so well with it. You join a bunch of people and travel with them to meet local winemakers, whose winemaking skills have been passed down through generations. They explain the ins and outs of their craft, while an expert sommelier (sometimes the same person) guides you through the wonderful aromas, tones, and undertones of Slovenia’s top vinos.

Today, Slovenia is home to the highest quality wines. Although small in size, it is quite impossible to travel all over the country and taste them all. Hence, a wine tour! Talking to the local boutique producers, you learn an incredible amount of interesting facts (and legends) about Slovenian wine.

Which Slovenian wines should I try?

Short answer: most of them. Longish answer: Riesling, Šipon, Chardonnay, Modra Frankinja, Refošk (refosco), Rebula (Ribolla), Teran, Merlot, Malvasia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vitovska, and Zelen.

To give you a teaser, you simply cannot enter Slovenia without trying its Sauvignons. There’s even an annual festival each May in this wine’s honour. Slovenian Sauvignons have very distinct characters, so trying just one won’t do.

Similar can be said for Chardonnay. Its taste varies depending on the region. The coastal parts of Slovenia, for instance, have their very own uniquely tasting Chardonnays with a pinch of the Mediterranean floating about in there.

Then there’s Riesling. Full of powerful Germanic influence. Known for its fruity aromas and awesome compatibility with a wide range of dishes, this local Vino should be placed right at the top of your tasting list. When aged, Rieslings are prone to develop additional smokey-sweet undertones, which you won’t get anywhere else.

And here comes Zelen. Literally translating to ‘green’ (although it’s white) this amazing variety comes form one of the most picturesque places in Slovenia, the Vipava Valley. Coincidently (not really), it’s also a prime wine tours destination. Zelen has a gentle fruity and floral aroma resembling Mediterranean herbs such as lavender and rosemary, the result of brief maceration and fermentation in wooden barrels. Edgy yet quite typical Slovenian.wine tour group

The two fantastic reds you’ll certainly end up trying are Rebula and Teran. The first has deep Italian roots, but can be recognized as Slovene by its mineral taste resembling almonds and a tad of acidity. Rebula is a native of Goriška Brda – a gorgeous area dubbed Slovenian Tuscany. The second is a celebrated Karst wine. Thanks to the red soil it grows from, this wine has a magnificent structure, corpulent body and an unmistakable fiery red colour. Apparently, it also comes with superb health benefits. Try it!

There you have it. A tiny teaser as promised. If you’d like to find out more about how deep Slovenia’s love for wine is, you’ll simply have to go there. Trust us, you won’t be the first to fall in love with the country, its people and the wine.

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Lanzarote: The Destination Of Rare Volcanic Vineyards

To find a volcanic vineyard in your luxury travels is a truly rare and fascinating experience. In summer the bright green vines emerge startlingly from the pitch black volcanic soil. It makes an arresting view and the way the vines are grown is intriguing.

Lanzarote’s geographical location is found in the Atlantic around 125km from the coast of Morocco, with its largest concentration of vineyards set in a bowl beneath the Fire Mountains. These were a group of volcanoes that erupted in the 18th century. If the back story of the local folks is to be believed, it is the farmers’ persistence to plant vines which contributes to the extraordinary landscape the place has today. Most of the vines are grown in volcanic pits as deep as three meters (nine feet). The method of digging these pits, each taking between one and three vines, was devised when residents, exiled by extreme volcanic activity for six years from 1730 to 1736, came back and worked their way up to resume farming in the place which wore a dramatically altered landscape by then. The pits guard the place against the northerly trade winds and each one is reinforced with semi-circular protective walls built from the volcanic clinker. The distinctive walls help to stop the volcanic soil sliding down and burying the vines, even so, twice a year, when pruning and after harvest, workers have to drive out extra picón, the vehement volcanic lava, so the vines stay intact and are not buried under. Working the vines was and remains extremely labor intensive – in the past camels were used on the island to transport tools and to bring in the harvest.Wine Travel Destination

La Geria wine route

Most of Lanzarote’s 2,000 hectares (3,000 acres) of vineyards and its 18 wineries are in the La Geria zone, below the Timanfaya National Park. As an island which enjoys the sub-tropical climate, the difference between day and night temperatures is miniscule. There is very low rainfall, but the picón acts as a sponge, retaining the evening humidity. Vintage volumes vary widely according to how much rainfall there is, but yields are very low indeed, averaging 1.5 tons per hectare. As a Wine Travel Destination, the island has some of the best produce of grapes. The five varieties are dominated by a form of Malvasía named Malvasía Volcánica or Malvasía de Lanzarote. Besides these varieties, there are three more chief whites namely Listán Blanco, Diego and Moscatel de Alexandria. The latter vines date back much as 200 years old as the phylloxera pest has never reached the island. The reason is that rosés and reds Listán Negro are the main grapes. The five wineries on the official wine route are easy to reach by car (rental or taxi) from either the capital Arrecife or Puerto del Carmen, the most popular beach resort of the region. We visited three of the most important bodegas, La Geria, El Grifo and Los Bermejos, and also drank very drinkable wines from two others – Rubicón (no relation to the California winery) and Vega de Yuko.

Being part of such wine travel and tour can turn out to be a enthralling as well as a journey which can have your senses unwind. To book your wine travel, contact Luxury travel operators in Gurgaon.

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Why Travelling Alone Is Not A Bad Idea?

There are plenty of reasons to go on vacation alone as you will meet many solo travelers who all had their own story!

Traveling alone because no one is available- You have set days off (or you have been taxed), but no one around you can leave at the same time as you. Should we deprive ourselves of traveling or say that we will take full advantage of this moment to concoct a program in line with his tastes?

Your friends do not travel like you- The search for the right travel companion is not always obvious, and sometimes your friends do not have the same way of traveling as you.

Leaving alone is sometimes better than leaving with people who do not have the same vision of holidays and with whom the stay can become a source of tension or frustration.

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Traveling alone to live your holidays differently- Luxury Tour and Trip is not necessarily a “default” trip, it can be a real choice. Because it makes it easier to meet the locals, to concoct a route that immerses you at 800% in the destination (and which corresponds to 800% to your tastes!), because it offers flexibility unheard of (whether in the choice of the destination, the budget spent, the program of the stay). The solo trip can be a decision perfectly assumed!

Going alone to think of yourself- Going on vacation alone is also confronting oneself. Find what makes you vibrate but also take on you to overcome some fears, whatever they are (fear of the language barrier, fear of scams and security problems, fear of getting lost, etc.). We learn a lot about ourselves, and it makes the experience very powerful.

How to leave alone without worry?

A solo trip offers you the unique opportunity to have a blank piece of paper in front of you, on which you can compose the itinerary of your dreams!

Find the perfect destination

There are surely places you dream of visiting. And maybe places you do not know yet that will arouse your curiosity. Some wait to have “found the right person” to make these trips: and if you leave alone, now? If the place is really fantastic, you’ll want to go back with the people you love, and you’ll experience it differently!

It is a good way to refine your choice and especially, to avoid the “errors of the season”: when you travel alone, you do not have the look of a second “companion” who will ask you the good Questions. “Uh but it’s not the monsoon/cyclone season at this time?

A little organization

Obviously, everyone travels as he wants, but when you go alone, you can only rely on yourself, so it is sometimes useful to provide a minimum route and take some precautions.

Master your budget

Solo wine Travel tends to be expensive if only because you do not share accommodation with someone. Many places still practice the “individual room supplement” even if we have the impression that for a few years, there are more and more single rooms in the hotels. It is, therefore, useful to set a budget limit and take it into account when choosing your destination by taking the margin!

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Eat alone at the restaurant

It may be the point that seems to me still a bit difficult on a solo trip! At lunchtime, everything is fine: that is what a lot of business travelers do when they are traveling for a meeting in another city.

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Top 10 Solo Travel Destinations In Argentina

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Argentina – whenever you hear that very name you get the vision of football, Diego Maradona, the white and blue jersey and the green football ground. However, the country has an individual identity apart from its spectacular performance in world football. It can be chosen as one of the best travel destination for the solo travelers. You can enjoy a lot in Argentina when you travel alone.

Apart from football, the country can offer you tango, fishing, wine, architecture, the skiing, the mountaineering and the literature. If you can plan your tours accordingly, then you can visit both the Whales and the Penguin festivals which are amazing. Moreover, Argentina is one of the top 10 countries where you can go as a solo traveler.

Therefore, if you too believe that exploring the world can be best done when you are alone, then Argentina should be the country you can start your solo tours.

Buenos Aries

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This is the capital of this country and one of the most happening cities in the world. The city can offer you mouth-watering foods, fascinating neighborhoods, and outstanding artworks. Moreover, you can feel thrilled by watching the passionate population that knows how to live a fun-filled life. The sizzling nightlife of this city can attract any male solo traveler anytime. However, it is not unsafe for the female solo travelers as well. The colorful European architecture always allures the travelers, and they find some of the most delicious gourmet cuisines here.

Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu is one of the most beautiful and magnificent natural wonders. This is actually a series of some stunning waterfalls which are located on the Iguazu River. This waterfall is the border between Argentina and Brazil. The falls offers a breathtaking view to the tourist. However, the beauty and attraction of the falls enhance when you see the lush green forest which surrounds that area. This forest has some of a unique wildlife of this country. Iguazu National Park Authority takes care of this wildlife and the falls area.

Mar Del Plata

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This one was once considered as the retreat for the aristocrats of the country, and now it becomes the most visited resort city of Argentina. It is located on the in the Buenos Aires Province, on the Atlantic Coast. The spot becomes the favorite of the tourists because of its sandy beaches as well as its vivid and lively crowd. If you wish to feel the energy, then do not choose the summer month when it becomes most crowded.

Ushuaia

Formerly Ushuaia was a penal colony, and the isolated location of this city helped it a lot to be so. However, that very isolated and remote beauty now makes it one of the most desired tourist spots in this country. This city is considered as the southernmost city of this planet, and it is located on the Beagle Channel. Glacier Martial and Cerro Castor, the two beautiful mountains towered on the city and enhanced its stunning look. Tourists go to these mountains for hiking during the summer and for snow sports during the winter.

Mendoza

Mendoza is one of the well-known wine destinations of this country as well as this planet. This city is positioned in the largest wine producing area of Latin America. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in this region and Mendoza is the nearest Continue reading

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4 Places You Cannot Give a Miss on a Luxury Trip to Croatia

Croatia is such a lovely place to be for a luxury vacation. Being the most fashionable country of Europe, Croatia is still the most underrated destination in the continent. The country is definitely untouched by the commercialization going on the entire globe and you will find the glimpse of old history with new lifestyle here. No matter you are looking for a family trip or a private yacht honeymoon or a wellness tours, Croatia never disappoints any tourist. Now who hasn’t heard about the Croatian cuisine? You will findan amazing dishes made with natural ingredients and added love. The culture here in the country is just amazing and you will be wondering how people celebrate their old traditions and festivals with more and more enthusiasm every year. Not just the festivals, Croatians people party like there’s no tomorrow. Imagine listening to your favorite DJ throwing out some sick beats in an abandoned factory or a beach, just irresistible. Isn’t it?

Known for its rich natural scenery and great urban culture, Croatia is definitely one of the most thrilling places to be for a luxury travel. Even in the peak season when thousands of tourists arrive here from all around the globe, you will still find untouched islands. If you are thinking that Croatia is all about its islands and natural beauty then you are probably wrong here. The urban scene here is quite charming and you can visit art galleries, night clubs, famous restaurants and stay in world class luxury hotels.

Here are 4 places that you should not give a miss when on a luxury trip to Croatia.

Dubrovnik


More popularly known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the old city of Dubrovnik is really a pleasure to the eyes. Situated at the southern edge of Croatia, Dubrovnik came into existence in the 7th century. You will see all the houses here with orange rooftops contrasting well with the blue sky. The old town brings back the age’s old history of Croatia and you can view cobblestone streets, ancient churches and other magnificent places here. The old town is not just limited to history and travelers can also explore beaches like Banje and Lapad.

Paradise Beach Retreat, Brac

The place is recognized for its dazzling beach life the Dalmation island of Brac is backed by the tough statures of Vidova Gora Mountain. Only a 5 minute drive from Bol, near the town of Murvica, if you want to spend some time in a mesmerizing bungalow, set in the midst of vineyards, on a slope over then the Paradise Beach Retreat is just for you. Elegantly outfitted, it has a front room with chimney and rests five. Travelers who love adventure sports can go and try snorkeling, cycling, wine tasting and trekking.

Mulini Beach, Rovinj

One of Croatia’s finest places this five-star Hotel opened in 2011. Continue reading

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