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Every year at Christmas time you are struggling with picking the right present for your father-in-law, or maybe a close friend, with a special taste for the best wines. You have always wanted to marvel them with a bottle of the best wines, but you have always been too afraid of missing the target: nobody ever taught you how to tell a good bottle from a supermarket one. Well, your problem is now over. And without you having to bother to buy any botlle at all.
Grape Escapes, a specialist in travel to the French wine regions offering a selection of gourmet wine-tasting weekends in Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire and the Rhône, is offering customised gift vouchers which can be redeemed against any tour in the Grape Escapes portfolio. Available in monetary form, from £100 to £1,000 and can be redeemed at any point within two years. Alternatively, specific tours can be put on vouchers or Grape Escapes can even tailor make a tour for the ultimate personalized gift.
Tours range from a two-night budget break to Champagne to a six-day Rhône by Rail tour, recently voted one of Wanderlust¹s 50 best new trips for 2012.
Grape Escapes¹ Champagne breaks are available at Budget to Standard Plus levels and can be taken mid week and at the weekend. The breaks are based in Reims with accommodation in the 19th century Bristol Hotel, ideally located on the city¹s main square. Accommodation upgrades are available.
The two night Budget tour, priced at £234 per person, takes guests on a half day guided tasting tour of the Montagne de Reims visiting several vineyards and a family run Champagne House. This is followed by tastings at a prestigious House in Reims and a three course meal in a restaurant in the city¹s main square with a different Champagne for each course. Prices include return Folkestone to Calais Eurotunnel crossings for a car and two passengers.
The six day Rhône by Rail tour visits a selection of prestigious wineries and domains throughout the Rhône, travelling between each by train. Highlights include visiting the oldest active Maison in the Rhône valley, taking a train through the world famous Chapoutier domain in the Tain l¹Hermitage and tastings at the award winning Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Guests are led by a local English speaking guide and the tour costs £789 per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Transport to the area isn¹t included in the price.
Grape Escapes¹ two night wine trip in Ribero del Duero, on Spain¹s Northern Plateau, is based in the medieval town of Peñafiel. Guests visit the impressive Portia winery which is built below ground level meaning that tractors can drive onto the roof to deposit the grapes from the top. The wine making process can be seen from a glass-encased viewing deck. There is also a visit to a modern winery, designed as a ³monastery of science and technology² for a tour of its cellars which holds 4000 oak barrels and tastings. The tour is available mid week and at weekends and prices are available on request.