Wine & Beer Tours

by Christine on June 14th, 2011

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New York

A one-day microbrewery and wine tour covering Lake George, Glens Falls, and Saratoga Springs, New York, with a few side-events recommended. PDF 106KB

A one-day microbrewery and wine tour covering Castleton, Chatham, Ghent, Valatie, Clinton Corners, Millbrook, Amenia, Marlboro, and Hyde Park, New York with a few side-events recommended. PDF 77 KB

A one-day microbrewery and wine tour covering New Paltz, Gardiner, Pine Bush, Wurtsboro, Warwick, Monroe, Highland Mills, and Washingtonville, New York with a few side-events recommended. PDF 20 KB

Massachusetts

A one-day microbrewery and wine tour covering East Canaan CT; New Marlboro, Great Barrington, Richmond, Chester, Holyoke, Shelburne, Northampton, Hatfield, and Greenfield Massachusetts, with a few side-events recommended. PDF 224 KB

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  • Karliblanarik

    Hi! I LOVE these tour ideas you have posted. I am new to the area and new to wine tours. I was just wondering if you could suggest to me how to set up a tour? Will a limo/bus/transportation company have something worked out specifically for tours? My group woudn’t be too big, around 10-15 most likely. Any information you have will be great!!! Thanks!
    Karli
    (karliblanarik@gmail.com)

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Hi Karli!
      Thanks for your email and thank you for reading my blog!

      So you were asking how to set up a wine tour. Depending on where you want to go, there may be a bus/limo/trolley company set up already to do tours. For instance, if you wanted to do a Finger Lakes Tour, check out http://www.fingerlakeswinerytours.com (I’ve used them before). The same is true with Long Island. Check out http://www.livineyardtours.com/ (never used them) for some rides there. Or do a google search for other companies.

      However, if you’re looking to do some of the Upstate NY winery tours, I’m not aware of any companies that specifically does wine tours, but I actually have a personal friend based in the Albany area that is a limo driver; I’m sure he would be happy to quote you for a day of winery tours. (Let me know if you want his contact info.)

      Normally when I do wine tours, I go with a Designated Driver. I’m lucky–my husband doesn’t drink and doesn’t like wine, so our group buys him lunch and he drives us around to wherever we want to go. If you have 10-15 people, you would probably want to hire a limo or bus to drive you around though…just makes logistics a lot easier. Also, when doing a wine tour with a group, it helps to (1) call ahead and give the wineries a heads up as to what time you will be arriving, and (2) put together envelopes with tasting fees included for each of the wineries, for your whole group. This will help you move faster from winery to winery, rather than having all 12 people paying separately for their wine tastings. (3) Don’t forget to bring a stack of markers, so you can mark your purchases with your initials so you know whose is whose! And (4) Don’t forget to bring a cooler of water and some crackers, because you might get snockered by mid-day!

      Let me know if you have any specific questions! I hope you have a great wine trip!
      Christine