Does wine tasting and sheep shearing in New Zealand sound exciting to you? How about tango lessons, an authentic dinner, and local wines in Argentina? Airbnb offers over 5,000 experiences granting travelers inside access to destinations across the world. If you’re a wine lover seeking new adventures, here are some of the most exciting Airbnb Experiences with wine:
Blend Your Own Bottle of Wine
The winemaker of Kason Vineyards will walk you through a tasting of eight Estate-produced wines (including Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris) on a scenic patio overlooking Oregon wine country. Then, you’ll visit the barrel room to taste more wines and blend your own bottle to take home.
Prepare a Farm-to-Table Meal with an Award-Winning Restaurateur
Santa Rosa, California
This is a truly exclusive experience — your host is none other than the current owner of SF restaurants Beretta, Lolinda, Delarosa, & Starbelly. She’ll guide you on a tour of Goatlandia Farms to harvest the ingredients for a truly farm-to-table meal (and meet the goats). Then, you’ll receive a cooking class to turn these ingredients into a four-course meal paired with local wines. This is a social impact experience where 100% of proceeds go to Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary. Goatlandia is a home for abused and neglected farm animals. Their mission is to foster animal appreciation by providing an opportunity for people to meet and interact with the animals.
Chianti Wine Jeep Safari & Buffet Lunch
A local winemaker, sommelier, and farm owner will introduce you to the local lifestyle of Chianti. You’ll start with a journey through the rolling Tuscan countryside aboard a vintage Jeep. Next, learn about the Chianti winemaking and aging process in the family’s historic 18th-century cellars. Finally, taste Chianti Classico and Supertuscan paired with typical local food: bruschette, local cheese, cold cuts and housemade extra virgin olive oil. As an added perk, those looking to extend their visit can stay in one of the estate’s rustic country farmhouse apartments.
Be On a Wine Podcast
Star in a live version of the Spanish Wine Experience podcast. Hosts Duke and Roque will take you through 4 regional wines paired with tapas in two of their favorite bars. You’ll start with some Spanish bubbles, move to an eccentric white, and then finish with a tasting of 2 lesser known reds. They’ll bring their mic to catch some moments for their weekly podcast.
Wombats & Wineries
This experience wraps a number of Australian specialties into one trip: wine, wombats, and delicious local eats. The tour begins at Healesville Sanctuary to meet Wombats, Tassie Devils, Emus, and more. After a wood-fired pizza lunch, it’s on to wine tasting. This includes sparkling wines at the renowned Domaine Chandon, and scenic vistas and Syrah at Oakridge Wines. You’ll top off the trip with a sampling of chocolates and ice cream from a local creamery.
Let the Winemaker Be Your Guide
Queenstown, New Zealand
If a regular tour guide won’t cut it, you can now have a winemaker be your guide. A local winemaker will take you behind the scenes to see how wine is made at exclusive boutique wineries in the Queenstown area. Taste over 20 Central Otago wines, sample wines straight from the barrel, and even try your hand at some vineyard practices. You’ll also enjoy lunch in the Gibbston Valley paired with more local wines.
Sunset Hike & Rosé
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If constant wine tasting has you feeling sluggish, get the blood pumping again with a hike and rosé. A professional hiking guide will lead you up the Massif de l’Estérel. At the summit, you’ll enjoy a picturesque sunset overlooking the sea with the local specialty, rosé de pays. This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay goes to Rando d’Azur. Rando d’Azur is an association promoting outdoor activities for all, including nordic walking, tasty hikes, and childrens’ activities.
Wine on the Waves
Cruise along the Barcelona coastline with a glass of wine (or three) in hand. On this sailboat wine tasting, you’ll journey through Catalan Cava, reds, whites, and rosés. A local wine expert will share stories of the region through tales passed down for generations.
Wine & Sheep Shearing
Queenstown, New Zealand
This experience fuses wine with a unique taste of Maori culture. You’ll taste through 16-20 wines, enjoy scenic vineyard vistas, and see live performances of traditional Maori dances. After the tastings, you’ll have the chance to complete the experience with a pit stop for sheep shearing.
Wine & Tango
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Twirl, swirl, and sip. This experience brings you a tango lesson followed by an authentic Argentinian dinner, replete with local meat and wines. Immerse yourself in Argentinian history, culture, and cuisine in a “porteña” house.
While they are vastly different, there’s one thing in common amongst all of the Airbnb Experiences: they offer tremendous value. Particularly when it comes to wine tourism, the cost of just a few drinks will buy you a full experience led by a local. Check out the full range of Airbnb experiences here.
Photo credit: Kason Vineyards