Why Wine Tours?
The wine knowledge problem
Winemaking, much like computer engineering, takes a systems-thinking approach to creating a final product. This means that winemakers constantly adapt each step of their winemaking process to current conditions in order to make the best wine in spite of uncontrollable factors like rain and temperature.
But because of its spontaneity, winemaking is difficult for most people to really understand; the average person won’t have all the specialised knowledge and experience needed to judge a wine objectively.
The best way to learn about wine
We believe one of the best ways to enjoy wine is to get an understanding of the whole winemaking process and how each part of it determines the characteristics of the final wine. After this, you become aware of what really goes into a wine and can experience it in an enlightened manner, like a physicist observing the solar system.
In order to know how each part of the winemaking process affects the final product, you need to experience how doing one part of the process differently changes the final wine. Some ways you can do this are by tasting multiple vintages of a wine, by tasting wine in the different stages of winemaking before it is bottled, and by tasting grapes from different blocks on a vineyard. You can also better understand how the environment shapes a wine by comparing wines from different vineyards in one region.
Why join one of our tours?
Our tours are designed to help you relate wine to winemaking. We go to multiple vineyards around the destination country and plan vertical and pre-bottling tastings, often with specific food tasting menus that bring out the best of the wines. If you join us, expect to visit cellars and walk through vineyards while trying grapes from different blocks of vines and having winemakers talk you through the fine details of their craft. We also want to immerse you in the local culture, since each wine reflects its origin.
Since it is our mission to make wine more accessible, Eddie McDougall, with his years of experience in winemaking and the wine business, personally hosts our tours and involves you in an exchange of knowledge between winemakers that you simply cannot get from a generic wine tour. We really want to create unforgettable experiences that educate and empower you with insider wine knowledge, which we know normally stays stuck in the heads of winemakers on isolated vineyards.
We hope that after one of our tours, you will really understand and appreciate all that goes into the best wines.
– The Flying Winemaker Team