HI guys! My name is Alyssa aka Tipsy. I am so excited to be a part of Circ-om-navigate. When asked to write an introductory post, I knew right away what I wanted to share with you guys. I can honestly say I have learned more about history, cultures, climates, and lands in my wine classes than in any other class I have ever taken.
Studying wine tourism has showed me many similarities between winos and yogis. First off wine and yoga both bear fruits of transformation. Just like the vines that transform from flowering buds with time, patience and a lot of love you will find yourself with nature’s sweet nectar of bliss. Yoga allows you to break down walls and emotions in order to rebuild a stronger, mindful self, ultimately changing you to the best version of your self. Yoga teaches us to slow down and be present in the now during class hopefully leading us to take that philosophy with us in our daily life.
Similarly wine to teaches us to slow down, when tasting we observe, swirl, taste, review, this process relaxes the mind and keeps us present. We engage out senses turning into our true thoughts and feelings. Both wine and yoga can change the way we look at the world, appreciating nature’s divinity. Plus I like to believe just how wine ages gracefully and deliciously so will yogis.
That being said I wanted to plan my next vacation around my two loves; Wine & Yoga. Here is my list of destinations that will satisfy my thirst for wine and yoga...
• Margaret River - Located in Australia's south west region, housing roughly 215 wineries. Mostly boutique size wine makers. This region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, yet it produces over 20 percent of Australia's premium wine market. Margaret River wine region is located just 2 hrs from Perth, these luscious vineyards sit along the Indian ocean and giant forest. Whether its whale watching, surfing, yoga classes/retreats, hiking, wine tasting, or cave exploring that’s on your agenda you have come to the right place.
Check out http://www.margaretriver.com for more information on accommodations, events, itineraries and more information on this magical area of Australia.
• Sonoma County - Sonoma County is California's second best known wine area, that lays adjacent to Napa valley. Sonoma is home to one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. Surrounded by mountains, 50-plus miles of Pacific coastline, oak filled hills, and sun-drenched valleys which inflicts its diversity to the wines that come from this area. California is king not only to wine but a healthy active life style. Sonoma host many retreats, and is home is many studios that take the practice into the vineyard.
• Mendoza, Argentina - Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is Argentinas largest and most important wine region, accounting for 70% of the country's annual wine production. Malbec has found its new kingdom in Mendoza. Due to its unique setting, laying 2600-3900ft above sea level, this altitude creates hot dry days followed by colder windy nights. This cooling-off period slows ripening, extending the growing season and contributing rich, ripe flavors to the grapes. Aside from sipping, Mendoza offers plenty of adventure like mountaineering, hiking, rafting and horseback riding.
• Provence, France - Dream of sipping Rosé under sun drenched olive groves, orchards, wild herbs, vineyards and antique stone villages? Seeking an historical wine growing region that dates back some 2,600 years? This unique Mediterranean land was once home to ancient Greeks, Romans, Gauls, Catalans, and Savoyards. The diversity of these ancient people gives Provence is unmatchable culture that is so prominent today. Rosé wine accounts for more than half of the production of Provençal wine. With its Mediterranean climate (mild winters and very warm summers), you'll spend your days sun bathing by the pool or sea sipping Rosé and nights indulging in local cuisine drinking fine wine under the stars.
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