This is a guest post from Vino Vagabonds. The website is run by Brittany and Jeff who are traveling the world visiting the regions and vineyards that produce the wines they love.
A unique niche travel blog that is interesting and educational. Brittany and Jeff share about travel, wines and other experiences that occur while traveling the world from vineyard to vineyard.
Without further delay, here is their guest post.
1) What were you doing before starting this trip? Brittany and I were both working in wine Sales and Marketing in the Napa Valley and really it, there really is a great culture of wine and food lovers there. We learned so much from our two years there from soil types to different grape varietals to environmental effects on the vines, that we wanted to immerse ourselves in other regions and learn them just as intimately.
2) What inspired you to travel specificially for wine? We deveolped our appreciation and knowledge of wine while we were in Napa and Britt had been yearning to travel for a while, so it just all came together. Wine is such an integral part of a culture and after thinking about it, we realized we could combine our love of travel and knowlede of wine to give purpose to our travels. We wanted to experience each region on a first hand basis like we did in Napa, so we planned, saved up as much money as we could, sold all of our belongings, and flew down to Buenos Aires.
3) How have your experiences changed your opinion of winemaking regions? Our experiences have showed us just how much wine is a part of a culture, and is something different to each person, and not always a big business venture. In Napa, practically every winery has a big tasting room that allows tons of visitors to taste and (hopefully) take home many cases of their wine. In South America and much of Europe, its way more relaxed, and often less pretentious, which surprised us. There are so many stereotypes about wine and the peopel in each region that are so wrong and were so glad we were able to experience each place for ourselves.
One of the best parts is tasting with the actual winemaker and visiting such hiostorical wineries; not just a visitors center. Also, we realized that wine is such an integral part of daily European life, and vines are grown practically everywhere. Its sad how much more wine is controlled and regulated in the States…thanks Prohibition.
4) What is one of your favorite wine stories during your travels? There are so many stories to tell but one that sticks out is our first proper ‘asado’ (or Argentinian barbeque). We were living in Mendoza and took a taxi to meet our friend at a mall just outside the center of town. He then took us to their friends home next to a vineyard. This was at about 10:30 at night and we were pretty hungry. We were some of the first to arrive and the grill hadn’t yet been fired up but we brought a couple of bottles to share and proceeded to open them up for everyone to try. The others spoke very little english so we communicated mostly in Spanish while the food was being prepared. It wasn’t until 2 in the morning that we finally sat down to eat. The kicker is that they moved the table out into the vineyard behind their home and we sat and drank wine and spoke Spanish and laughed and had an amazing meal right next to th family vineyard! We shared blood sausage, sweetbreads and flank steak while the Malbec flowed…truly an unforgettable evening.
Our friend Kelly was traveling with us and she was a vegetarian. Anyone who has been to Argentina knows that the diet consists mainly of meat. Kelly decided that she would break her diet in lieu of this evening (side note: she asked for vegetables and all she got was a whole onion).
5) With all that you have experienced on your travels, what do you hope to take away from this trip? We have taken away so much but we hope to take away a greater understanding of the world around us and the different ideas and lifestyles of each place. We have met such amazing people and hope to share the understanding that we are all part of teh same world and arent very different from eachother. Also, little things like worldly conversations (not all abotu the Kardashians), slowing down, hang-drying clothes, eating in and seasonaly, being less self absorbed and meeting new people without fear.
Of course, we want to take away a greater appreciation for the smaller production wines of the world, the land and the people behind each and every bottle.
Thanks Brittany and Jeff for contributing your guest post to The Big Mozey. An interesting niche blog, Vino Vagabonds is a blog that is worth a follow.
Play nice and travel safely.
Cheers for now.