Guest post from Vino Vagabonds – a unique niche travel blog

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.

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Jeff and Brittany

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.

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Jeff having a taste of wine

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.

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Brittany looking good

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.

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A little toast to you!

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).

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On the way to the vineyard

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.

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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6 Responses to Guest post from Vino Vagabonds – a unique niche travel blog

  1. Sailor says:

    This is a great journey! You guys really enjoy what you do.

  2. Silverboom says:

    Love what you guys are doing. What a great theme/focus to pursue.

    We had a similar experience in Italy to the one you had in Argentina. We were staying at an agoratismo in the Tuscan countryside, and one of the other guests was building a fire to cook some 2″+ steaks as we were about to leave for dinner in Pienza. A brief exchange led to us being invited to join them for dinner, which began about sundown.

    The five of them lived near Venice and spoke almost no English, and we certainly did not speak Italian, other than prego! But we had so many laughs, so much fun, and so much good wine. The owner threw in a bottle from their small vineyard, which we were eating next to on the terrace of their renovated farmhouse. After we drank that, a bottle we brought, and a third bottle, they pulled out a really big jug of wine from their hometown. They had saved the best for last. We eventually managed to make it back to our room about 1 that morning, and it is a memory we’ll carry the rest of our lives.

    That’s a big aspect of traveling successfully: not being afraid to try new things, to plunge in when it makes little sense to do so (how could we communicate? – but we did, and pretty well, too!), and to live in the moment. We cancelled our dinner plans, changed our clothes from dress to casual, shared some wonderful food and chalked up a timeless memory.

    Thanks for sharing. Salud!

  3. Matthew says:

    All I can say is wow! The pictures show how much you all enjoy your journey that is called life! Congrats on such a wonderful life pursuit.

  4. Victor says:

    Have you ever been in France?

  5. John Wilson says:

    Hey Victor,
    If you are asking me if I have eve been in France, yeas, back in the 70’s – 3 or 4 times.
    If you’re asking the vino vagabonds, I believe they have been there two or 3 times this year.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  6. stevie says:

    I love the RTW wine tour! I’ll toast to that any day!

    Before Tree and I crossed the border into Mexico, starting our Pan-American tour, we spent a year traveling up and down the west coast of the U.S. from Baja to Canada, drinking and learning about all the different wines produced in just about every AVA along the way. We can’t wait to do the same in Mendoza and eventually Europe as well. We’ll be studying your blog closely. Thank you Brittany and Jeff for sharing your experience.

    And thank you John for introducing us to Vino Vagabonds!

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