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The most interesting wine and food museums in the world

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If you are travelling or planning about making a fantastic wine route, you can not miss these museums where wine and food are the protagonists. Take note and write them down in your personal calendar. And enjoy the wine!

Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Spain

In Spain, one of the most interesting museums in the world about wine, and also one of the oldest, is the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. Catalogued by the World Tourism Organization-UN as the best wine museum in the world, it allows you to travel back no less than 8,000 years of history with 20,000 works of art. There are authentic archaeological pieces with hundreds of years of history and much more modern works by creators such as Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, or Warhol. But there is more because it allows you to enter the cellar, make tastings, attend conferences and workshops, and be able to see 220 varieties of wine from around the world.

Pleven Wine Museum, Bulgaria

Located inside a cave, in the park of Kaylaka, in Bulgaria, there are many objects related to the viticultural tradition of the city. Being in a park, we can also see its flora and vegetation. In the museum, as in many others of this type, there is place for tastings of its wines.

Gingerbread Museum, Poland

There is not much wine, but some curiosities. In Poland, the Gingerbread Museum (Muzeum Piernika) offers its visitors a glimpse of the rituals and traditions involved in the cooking of gingerbread. Activities, temporary exhibitions, interactive actions, and the chance to participate while baking your own gingerbread.

Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium

Maybe you did not know that the origin of French fries is in Belgium. That is why we find here this museum, divided into three parts. The history of French fries is exhibited along 400 antique objects on display. The option to taste the fries at the end of the visit is also included.

Currywurst Museum, Berlin

It could not be anywhere else, since the sausage of the city of Berlin is currywurst. Fine slices of sausages with curry-flavoured tomato sauce. In the museum we can see how this food became so popular, thanks to interactive exhibits and much more. Do not forget to try them at the various street stalls in the city.

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Terlan Lagrein 2017

5 Vacation spots for foodies

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Gastronomic tourism is a trend that grows fast. And it is thanks to the demand of people interested in the gastronomy culture of each place. Professionals coexist with new talents to offer their culinary discoveries to the people. This article will show you the best places to visit and free your inner foodie.

1. Galicia

Northern Spain is a delight to the senses and for those who enjoy high-quality dishes. Their Michelin stars restaurants and bars is the proof of this quality, where fish and seafood is the spotlight for food lovers.

One option is Fogón Retiro da Costiña restaurant, a 1 Michelin star restaurant, remarkable for its cellar-room and their reinvention of Galician cuisine, with important wines of the region. In a visit to the Rias Baixas, you will find yourself invited to come and try the excellent wines of this DO, in an area where fish and shellfish are positioned as high quality. If we go to other regions of Galicia, we find the area of the Appellation Ribeira Sacra, which stands out for its modern wineries such as Bodega Regina Viarum in Doade, Lugo.

2. Basque Country

Good eating is one of the characteristics of the Basque Country. Any tavern that you step in o any try of delicious Basque wines, whether hot or cold, will be a good option to meet new flavors. We recommend you to visit the old town in Bilbao, where you’ll find a lot of bars and brand new restaurants downtown, where fish and meat will be a delight. If you go to San Sebastián pay a visit to downtown, where terrific restaurants are awaiting you.

3. Mexico

Mexico has a very large gastronomic culture all around the country. Among the various gastronomic routes that can be done, one of the best to start off is the state of Yucatan, where the Mayan culture flourishes between restaurants, houses, and food markets.

The traditional Yucatecan cuisine is based on corn, pumpkin seeds, oregano, red onion, sour orange, sweet pepper and lime, not to mention the various spices like coriander. Some typical dishes that foodies can enjoy is the chilmole, with dried chili peppers, white peppers and black peppers that are added to hard corn tortillas. Also, Poc Chuc it’s a good option, prepared with roasted pork, marinated with warm water and salt, accompanied by roasted onion. And do not miss one of their most famous dish, cochinita pibil, made from pork marinated in achiote sauce, sour orange juice, garlic, salt and pepper, all wrapped in banana leaves and baked under the earth.

4. Umbria

If you are a very demanding foodie, then Italy is your shot. It is a cuisine that appeals to everyone, but its different regions bring many culinary differences. Umbria, inside the country, it’s the greatest exponent in pork meat, which can be consumed like sausages and hams. Also, cheeses from sheep and goats, both fresh and cured, are very remarkable.

This can be combined with truffles, like the black one, that is frequently added to their pastas, while its oil has a protected designation of origin. Viticulture is strongly prominent: there you can find very good red and white wines, highlighting the Sagrantino di Montefalco wines.

5. Paris

Summarizing the Parisian kitchen in a few text lines is complicated. To those foodies that not only enjoy eating but also cooking while on vacation, they can make recipes such as The Croque Monsieur, which is a French variation of a ham and cheese sandwich; French crepes; or snails, are a little bit more complicated to cook, so it is better to try them in the capital of love.

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The 10 most important whisky distilleries to visit in Scotland

Today we will visit some of the whisky distilleries that you have to see when visiting  TAGS:Scotland. Scotland, apart from beatiful landscape and coasts, counts on one of the biggest and most popular whiskey productions and exportations which generate an income of 800 million euros. It is one of the most popular products of this land and the touristic visits to its distilleries are one of the attractions you cannot miss.

  • Glenmorangie: In the Scottish Highlands. In the town of Tain the distillery Glenmorangie opens its doors to tourists and visitors. Additionally you can visit the cellars and stay there for the night.
  • Balblair Distillery: This distillery is located close to the lakes of Dornoch Tain, it has more than 4000 years of history and is a historic spectacle that you should not miss on your trip to Scotland.
  • Ardbeg Distillery: Located on the island of Islay, together with others of the zone this distillery is picturesque and its location is suitable  for taking a walk and enjoying the landscape.
  • Isle Of Jura Distillery: With a length of 30 miles and 7 kilometres width this distillery also offers a hotel where you can spend the night after spending the day in its installations.
  • The Glenlivet Distillery:  Located in the hills of Speyside this distillery was reinaugurated in 2010 and since then it offers tours through its installations every day from april to october.
  • Speyburn (Inver House Distillers): This distillery is located in a valley in the north of Rothes and it is the most photographed in Scotland thanks to the gorgeous landscape that is surrounding it and its big facade.
  • Talisker Distillery: The only distillery of the island Skye, it can be visited and admired from the ferry that passes through the area.
  • Aberlour Destillery: Distillery located in the center of Speyside, its vistor’s centre has been awarded with 5 stars of the Scottish tourist board because of its installations and its service.
  • Glenfiddich: This distillery in the centre of the Highlands is the home of one of the most popular whiskybrands, its name means “valley of the deers” in gealic and it is an excellent place for getting to know Scotland.
  • Lagavulin Distillery: another distillery located on the island of Islay, its whiskies are smoky and its installations and surroundings picturesque. 

Are you a whisky fan? Do you want to recommend us a distillery to visit? While you are thinking about it, we recommend you some good whiskies (scottish ones of course):

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100 Pipers, best scottish quality.

 
 
 
 

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Johnnie Walker Black Label 4.5L ablend of Scotland

A Novice’s Guide to Winery Tourism

 TAGS:Sharing a glass of wine in good company is always a pleasure. It’s the best time to put the world to rights, sort out your thoughts, express your feelings and opinions and, last but not least, a good opportunity to take time out from the stresses and pressures of life.

The world of wine and, by extension, wine tourism is on the up, and there are plenty of trips, courses, flights, events and organized visits to wineries that invite you to try out this new form of tourism.

And because everyone needs to know the basics so they don’t seem like a novice, here the eDreams Travel Blog gives you some key pointers so you can look like a seasoned wine taster. So pick up a glass of wine and relax, because you’re in good company?

General Advice

  1. First of all, listen carefully and maintain an attentive expression. Pay attention from the laboratory, to the hopper for the grapes, the storage tanks, the huge steel vats, the fermentation and aging cellars, right down to the bottling and labelling machines.
  2. Learn a few words to repeat frequently throughout your visit. Some that will serve you well include malolactic conversion, fermentation, breathing and ageing.
  3. Then, with a glass of wine in hand, take the opportunity to ask a few specific questions while trying to not look like you’re too lost. Bring some rehearsed queries just in case.
  4. Don’t risk taking one side of the debate or the other if you don’t have clear ideas. When it comes to wine, if you don’t know what you’re talking about you will always end up losing?
  5. When it’s time to taste the wine, take your glass firmly by the stem, and move the contents around in a circular motion. Make it look like it’s not your first time.
  6. Finally, have fun learning about the fascinating and multifaceted culture that is wine, along with all those idiosyncrasies that make it special.

The Best Wineries on the World’s Wine Routes

 TAGS:Now you know a bit about what to do in a winery, it’s time to find out which are the best wineries to visit via a scenic route with plenty of flavour. Just choose the destination you fancy, the one you’ve never been to but would like to visit, book a cheap flight and enjoy?

  • Château Mouton Rothschild, located in Bordeaux, France. Here is where you’ll find one of the best red wines in the world, as well as a museum exhibiting the process of handmade wine. This chateau is the only one in the list that is only open to those who book in advance.
  • Robert Mondavi Winery, located in Napa Valley, California, USA. This was one of the first wineries to offer wine tourism and it’s now one of the most popular.
  • In Spain go to bodega Marqués de Riscal, in the Rioja region – where else was it going to be? It’s an architectural icon well worth visiting.
  • Weingut Juliuspital, in Frankonia, Würzburg, Germany. A sixteenth century cellar with a surprise in store – 200 large baroque helmets.
  • Musée du Vin in Beaune, Burgundy, France. This museum / XV century cathedral takes you back in time to 600 years ago, when wine was produced with wooden presses.

Have you decided where to go for your first wine tour? Have you taken note of our advice? Sure, you’re pining for your next getaway… Take your partner, your best friend, or else you could just treat yourself to a relaxing break. The aroma of wine is sure to help you find tranquility.

Wine routes: General tips

 TAGS:Times change, and more quickly in the tourism sector than others. In the case of wine tourism, it?s no longer an exclusive activity for wine lovers and is fast becoming popular among young couples, groups of friends, and families.

Attracted by the rural landscape and local wineries, at the moment it is very much in fashion to discover new regions through wine tourism. Now more than ever is a good time to follow a wine route through the province. And it?s also worth leaving the nine-to-five to let yourself experience charms you may have never encountered before.

Thinking of trying out this trend but don?t know how it works? No worries, the eDreams travel blog is here to give you a few tips so you know the main points. Take note?

1. Drinking and driving

It may seem obvious but it?s often overlooked. Wine contains alcohol and this doesn?t change in the countryside, so if you do travel there by car and drink too much it?s unadvisable to drive back.

It?s a much better idea to check out some local hotels and spend the night out on the route if it?s far from your home. This is also best to ensure?

2. Relaxation and de-stressing

 TAGS:The main attraction of this kind of tourism is all the wineries – inside and out. While you may expect these establishments to be cold and dark, they are often actually very sophisticated and surprising.

When you?ve had enough of the winery interior you can take a walk through the fields, and enjoy the aroma of wine in the midst of the peace and tranquility that surrounds the area. Whether deliberately or not, the vineyards tend to be located far from the madding crowd so that your experience is all the more pleasant. You might feel far from civilization if you?ve come by plane or if you booked with a low-cost carrier to a secondary airport, but the wineries often organize bus services for sightseeing excursions.

3. Buying Wine

If you visit a winery you?re likely to end up buying a few bottles. Maybe it?s the effect of the atmosphere, the desire to take a memento or souvenir, or because the flavor made an impression on you, but the chances are you?ll give into temptation.

Of course, there?s nothing wrong with that, but remember not to go for well-known labels you could get anywhere. Open yourself up to new flavors and think of a special dinner at home, a family gathering or a gift for a good friend.

4. Transporting Bottles without Breakage

 TAGS:If you?re taking a flight you need to be particularly careful about packing the bottles. If you?re carrying a hard case, it?s best to put them in the corner wrapped in clothing. If you?re travelling with a soft case or backpack, it?s better to put them in the middle but always well protected. You can?t imagine how unpleasant it is to get home and find yourself with no wine, no bottles, but a load of stained clothes. Don?t forget that some airlines have weight restrictions for baggage, so don?t try and take back too much.

Are you ready for a journey where each path has a different taste and texture? Prepare your palate because you are sure to try some new flavors.

Get your camera ready because you will definitely live some new experiences. And above all, keep your eyes open because you will be surrounded by some beautiful landscape. Choose your wine route and enjoy?

Wine and Tourism

SomontanoAfter reading a review by Manuel Colmenero Larriba of Lluis Tolosa’s new book España no es California, in which he discusses the issue of attracting tourists to Spanish wine regions, I thought of all the news I have been recieving recently about Napa– new restaurants with celebrity chefs, new state of the art wineries, luxe resort openings, and had mixed feelings on the topic. Spanish tourism is underdeveloped in most of its wine regions, even in Rioja this spring my parents had problems finding wineries with tours in English on the days they were there, and generally lacking information on where to go and what to do. Undoubtedly there are business opportunities being missed that would benefit the wineries, the regions, and the country’s reputation as well as the tourists themselves. However, after reading the descriptions of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new Napa restaurant, which is called, so there is no confusion, Morimoto Napa, and will eventually sit alongside two other celebrity restaurants, one by Tyler Florence, and Stephen Barber, I couldn’t help but think- Vegas

Not that there is anything wrong per se with Las Vegas, but it called to mind the boom there a few years back with all the over the top restaurants where the celebrity chefs only flew in periodically and the housing bubble that accompanied it, and the pattern worries me. More so because so much of Napa Valley‘s charm is in the land and the already existing icons. There is no shortage of amazing food to be found, from The French Laundry to Terra to more low key favorites like Gott’s, and much of the charm is driving through the stunning scenery, albeit probably quite slowly due to the traffic, and knowing despite corporate buyouts of many wineries, a large amount are still held in family hands, and the Valley is still lovely because those families fight to keep it a place they want to live. 

Napa ValleyI love Napa, and I could be wrong to worry about the direction in which it’s headed, after all it has still retained its allure despite being a serious tourist attraction since the 1980’s. But as Spanish wine regions like Somontano decide which measures to take to build tourism, I think they should seriously consider their end goals, and make sure the road they choose is sustainable. It’s good to offer tourists a range of good dining and accomodation options, and ways to learn about the region and the wines, but ideally the end result should preserve and enhance the original treasure- the vineyards and wineries. It’s a tricky line to walk.