Drunk on Love

Grape Escapes: Gallop, Pedal, and Drink Your Way Through Some of the World's Celebrated Vineyards
How Sweet it Is: The intoxicating attraction of vineyard tours  (Photodisc)

It may be a Valentine's Day cliché to describe falling in love as heady intoxication. But clichés arise out of truth. Rather than split hairs with any drunkenly enamored intrepid travelers, we're adopting a literal interpretation by offering adventurous couples an overview of some of the world's best, and least visited, vineyards—trips that combine sampling the fruits of the vine with a bit of physical exertion. Some require some serious pedaling between chateaux while others add haute cuisine to round out the Bacchanalia. Still others ask for nothing more than the heft of a wine glass and the ability to locate your designated driver. Whichever approach whets your appetite, rest assured: there's a trip here that'll cater to your romantic wanderlust.

Grape Town, South Africa
One woman, the vineyards of the Western Cape Province, and winning over one's aversion to the grand pleasures of the grape.

Cycle as the Sun Rises, Tipple While It Sets
Bike Spain's Wine Region

Two Ways to Drink in Tuscany:
Galloping Under the Tuscan Sun: A Saddle-Sure Tour of Italy's Gastronomic Heart

Published: 23 Jan 2004 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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