Travel has always been about escapism, escaping a routine in search of total relaxation. Living through a global pandemic has made us crave even more physical space, with ‘social distancing’ a new norm. But, actually, searching out new destinations, away from the crowds, may be good for the planet – ensuring that ‘over tourism’ does not make a comeback post-lockdown. Wine Tourism provides an alternative to the norm and Winerist and founder Diana Isac have been championing this form of travel for many years.
Diana Isac, founder of Winerist spotted an opportunity six years ago
Vineyards by their very nature are located within vast acres of land, far from large, crowded cities. Over the years, aside from being home to vines, many vineyards have diversified and created their own award-winning hotels and restaurants. Winerist can help you discover these insider secrets.
Winerist was created to showcase Wine Tourism at its best. Winerist.com is the largest online travel specialist for wine and food tours, with a booking system featuring wineries, wine tours, cooking classes, wine hotels and more. Video and editorial resources, including expert travel guides and the Winerist Magazine, ensure each and every guest enjoys the best up-to-the-minute content alongside access to the world’s leading wine tourism breaks. The Winerist brand has enjoyed six years of strong growth and has evolved to be the wine travel market leader, transforming the market with unprecedented levels of capability and service.
Whilst many hotels have closed throughout various global lockdowns, vineyards have continued to function. Winerist.com currently showcases 133 Wine Regions, 220 Hotels, 500 Food and Cooking Experiences, 700 Wineries and 1200 Wine Tours, all available for guests to book online. Guests can book now and pay for experiences later with a 24-hour cancellation policy in place, considering current changing travel restrictions.
Diana Isac, the founder of Winerist, explains that the business showcases updated detailed travel guides combining expert knowledge on where to stay, what to do and what to taste. From here guests can book instantly online and on the company’s Trip Organiser page, where one of the business’s travel experts can assist them with any questions they might have. Complementing this is the Winerist Magazine, an online journal full of lifestyle wine and food travel stories and videos.
Many vineyards provide various forms of accommodation including for families. Vineyards also feature restaurants which naturally serve wine from their very own vineyard. In addition, because of extra space, vineyards often also include spas, cookery schools and wine tasting classes in designated bars. Many offer bicycle hire allowing cycling between the vines and local guided walks, river cruises and off-road experiences. The vast majority remain family-owned and/or managed, adding an additional personal touch to a stay.
Winerist was born in beautiful Burgundy, when Diana took her own wine trip and was struck by how difficult it was to find access to wineries and wine experiences. Building a strong connection between the wine industry and budding wine travellers became her passion and six years later Winerist has become the go-to provider of incredible wine travel experiences all over the world!
Guest experience and quality is key, and the business has formed close partnerships with some of the best and most exciting wineries and wine travel experiences across the globe. Each and every Winerist partner is handpicked for their ability to provide outstanding customer service and experience, and a Winerist booking agent is on hand to advise and assist guests at every stage of the wine travel journey.
In order to cement their status as the go-to source for wine travel information and bookings, Winerist are enthusiastically promoting both well-known and lesser known wine tourism destinations for 2021 and beyond including the Douro Valley in Portugal, Bordeaux in France, Tuscany in Italy, Mendoza in Argentina, Moldova and Uruguay.
Diana comments: “Wine tourism offers space and seclusion. As we plan future trips, away from the crowds, Winerist.com has a wide selection of experiences to entice travellers to experience unique hospitality around the world always accompanied by good wine. The current global pandemic has changed our travel habits but while we have been in lockdowns, vineyards have remained busy and many of these are eager to welcome travellers back. I encourage all travellers to consider a wine break in 2021 and let Winerist.com do the research for you. This trip may turn out to be the most memorable yet.”
Winerist (Why-ner-ist) noun:
An individual who enjoys wine, food, travel and unforgettable experiences.
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