I think we all know that wine drinkers love to visit the places which make their favorite wines. Heck, even if you’re not a wine drinker but have seen the movie Sideways you’d probably know that as well.
In any case, after receiving a couple of wine gift baskets this past holiday, my wife and I planned a couple of trips to northern California wine country.
We started to see some new trends in wine tourism that we don’t think existed only a few years ago. First, people tend to be drawn to smaller wineries more than ever before. Maybe it is the information age taking over, but people seem more interested in finding the unknown and the interesting rather than the well known, expensive marketing arms of larger companies.
Personally, I think that’s a good thing even if it is a bit challenging for us when we travel.