Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today's Groupon: for $75, you get admission to a wine tour at Travels in Wine Tours (a $150 value). Tours of up to 28 people depart from the Hendersonville visitor center in 15-person vans at 11 a.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays—click here for a full list of dates.
Knowledgeable guides at Travels in Wine Tours lead oenophiles on customized wanderings through the grounds of four wineries and vineyards, rife with food, tastings, and lush countryside. While tour itineraries and activities vary based on availability, an expert vintner will usually meet with participants at the first winery to discuss grape-growing techniques, how to measure grapes' sugar levels, and when to keep grapes home from school because their foreheads feel warm. At a midday stop, guests snack on hors d'oeuvres before sitting down to a gourmet barbecue lunch overlooking verdant, vine-covered hillsides, and later sample chocolate pairings to decide whether a cabernet sauvignon tastes better with candy shaped like a turtle or a rabbit. Tours typically end around 5:30 p.m., when enlightened wine lovers return home with keepsake glasses.
Travels In Wine Tours
Travels In Wine Tours' co-founders, Kimberlee Young and Derek Schuler, share their love of wine, food, and travel with curious tourists through tours designed and led by certified sommeliers. Epicurean scenic tours of boutique wineries, personalized luxury Napa vacations, and custom weekend getaways marry viticultural education with flavorful indulgence as guests take in picturesque panoramas of vineyards that stretch to the horizon before curving upward and forming bridges to the moon.