You’re just in time! Even if Valentine’s Day slipped off your radar, or you want to escape the predictable, mainstream offerings, we say “Vive L’Amour!” and that there’s still time to celebrate your love in a way that is meaningful to you and yours.
We know Valentine’s Day can be a rather competitive affair, but if you share a love of all things gastronomic and oenological, then we’ve brought together some destinations and experiences that will truly reflect your passions for each other and food, drink, culture; and of course, genuine romance.
It’s not often you get to sleep in the heart of the vineyards. However, Marqués de Riscal Winery, one of the oldest and most traditional vineyards in Rioja is spearheading 21st Century luxury tourism offerings, so you can spoil each other somewhere completely away from it all yet surrounded by your favourite bottles.
Entrenched in history and mystery, Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France straddles some unusual and interesting wine appellations and regional food specialities.
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In the spirit of sharing exceptional food and wine together, top English vineyard, Hush Heath and fourth generation family-owned Forman’s Smokehouse are uniting in a collaborative tour exploring the finest smoked salmon and English wines. Enjoy meeting Lance Forman and discovering the history of producing the world-famous London Cure smoked salmon followed by a visit to the on-site smokehouse. You’re then invited to join them for a celebration of the finest Smoked Salmon & English Wines with Lance and the Winemaker from Hush Heath conducting a tutored tasting & pairing of six salmons and six wines.
UNESCO World Heritage site and epitome of Tuscan elegance and romance, Siena enables you to leave the crowds behind in nearby Florence, yet still celebrate in a cosmopolitan and cerebral manner.
The Loire Valley, France
Such is the abundance of châteaux and fairytale landscapes here, that your significant other will certainly feel like a prince or princess. Throw in the wineries of character and pedigree, and you may even get to meet wine royalty.