Beautiful vineyards, lush landscapes and (obviously) top-notch vino are the essentials to a wine vacation. If you are going for a wine vacation, it is a must that you come to Europe. As far as spectacular sceneries and distinguished wine culture go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better destination in Europe. However Europe is full of wine tasting and winery tours, which wine tours should you go for? I’ve compiled some of the best European wine tours that most tourists are not aware of.

Wine Tour of the Vinho Verde Region from Porto – Porto, Portugal

This is a full day wine tour that will take you to the vineyard-covered hillsides of northern Portugal. You will find yourself awestruck by the majestic beauty of verde wine region of northern Portugal. In the tour, you will also visit two wineries in order to taste Portugal’s famous green wine plus a taste test of local sausages. The tour is only for a small group of people for a more personalized experience.

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Avignon – Avignon, France

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This tour is yet another small group tour which emphasizes better service and personalized experience. The tour allows you to experience the Rhône Valley wine country’s rich traditions and flavors. You will visit two local wineries located in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaking territories. Marvel at the wondrous panoramic views over 17th- and 18th-century castles situated within the French countryside. This is an excellent tour for those who are looking for a half-day wine tasting experience.

Private Tour: Piedmont Wine Tasting of the Barolo Region – Turin, Italy

If you have a decent budget for it, this private tour will surely be worth the investment. Indulge at some of the best and famous Piedmontese wines like Arneis, Barolo, Roero, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Dolcetto. The tour will take you to wine cellars and famous vineyards of Langhe and Roero. You can choose whether to go for a half-day or full-day tour.

Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna – Vienna, Austria

Now, this should be a very fun tour if you don’t mind sweating a little bit. This bike slash wine tour will have cycling through some of Austria’s best wine regions. Biking through breathtaking scenery while looking forward to taste quality wines should be enough to make this a highlight of your vacation. Just be quick on your toes because this tour sells out fairly quick.