Spring 2014 | Eola Hills Does “Wines of the Mediterranean”
In 2014, Eola Hills’ 6th annual 2015 European Wine Tour took travelers to France, Spain and Italy, on Eola Hills Wine Cellars “Wines of the Mediterranean” tour.
Main Tour | Barcelona, Priorat, and Penedes, Spain | April 27-29
The adventure began with a stay in Barcelona, Spain, where we hosted a welcome reception to meet our fellow travelers and discuss the itinerary. We enjoyed exploring the city at our own pace, with many of us taking the hotel’s walking tour to help get the lay of the land. Our hotel was located just off the famous “Las Ramblas” and within 100 yards of subway and bus stops.
We travelled deep into the Priorat for a barbecue and wine tasting at one of the best small producers in the region. On our way back, we stopped in the Penedes to visit to a fantastic family-run winery for an afternoon cava tasting, where we enjoyed the wonderful panoramic view of Monte Serrat as a backdrop. When we returned to Barcelona, Tom and Steve led us in a night of tapas bar hopping.
Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France| April 30 – May 1
We headed east along the Mediterranean to the historical, walled city of Avignon, to walk through the historical streets and relax, enjoy the warm evening and dine in quaint restaurants.
The next day, we visited one of the most famous wine areas in the world, taking part in a private wine tasting at Chateau Mont-Redon, and then visiting the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Here we sampled wines from the major producers in the area, as the tasting rooms are virtually next door to each other. After the day’s excursion, we headed back to Avignon to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Avignon, France, to Alba, Italy | May 2
A scenic route through the Alps took us to the beautifully preserved city of Alba, in Piedmont. Our hotel was conveniently located just inside the ancient city walls and within easy walking distance to everything. It is rumored that Pavarotti stayed in one of our rooms, but the concierge would not divulge which one. He assured us that we’d all get the “star treatment” – and we did!
Alba, Barbaresco, and Barolo, Italy | May 3-5
In Babaresco, it was time to have our first taste of the wonderful wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, suited to the region’s misty slopes. As before, we selected a smaller, boutique producer with a master craftsman as winemaker.
Located just outside the town of Barolo, we experienced another terrific wine experience – wine, hors d’oeuvres and a 180-degree view of the snow cropped Alps standing sentinel. That evening, our farewell dinner included a spirited discussion on which wine regions the next Eola Wine Tour should visit!
Post Trip #1 | Alba and Lake Como, Italy | May 5-7
After dropping off several travelers in Milan, we continued to Lake Como. Our home for three days, the picturesque, 300-year old town of Varenna was a perfect launching point to see rest of the lake, especially since the ferry stop was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel.
After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Varenna, we took the ferry to Bellagio and other points of interest along the lake shore. Steve Anderson took us to one of his favorite wineries for a tour, and then we dined in a unique restaurant that truly practices “zero kilometer” dining – where meat, cheese and vegetables are all produced on site from the restaurant’s own sheep, goats, and cows.
Post Trip #2 | Lake Como to Venice, Italy | May 8-10
We boarded the train and headed for one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Venice. The Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, The Palace and, of course, the obligatory gondola ride brought our tour to a romantic and thoroughly Italian conclusion.
For more information
To learn more about upcoming Eola Hills Wines of the World Tours, give us a call at 1-800-291-6730 or send an email if you’d like to receive informational emails. We’ll let you know when next year’s destination is selected… tours sell out, so you’ll want to sign up early!