Riva del Garda: Restaurants, Food Experiences and Local Activities (2021)

Lake Garda

With stunning scenery and a love for all things local, find out more about Riva del Garda’s restaurants, food experiences and activities.

‘Woowwwwwwww’ we all chorused as we wiggled our way down towards Lake Garda, spotting the huge expanse of water for the first time. I couldn’t believe the scenery. Tall, rugged mountains surrounded this deep blue water, with a peachy sky in the background. Lycra-clad cyclists whizzed past, old men perched outside gelato shops while tourists wandered on foot. I’d wanted to visit Lake Garda for a long time, and it was definitely worth the wait.

I strongly believe that to appreciate what we eat we need to discover the origins of our food. This trip sounded like it would offer exactly that.

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7 Amazing Things To Do In La Rioja, Spain: Spain’s Wine Country

Delicious food at Vivanco, La Rioja, Spain

From sampling Spain’s best red wines, to exploring underrated charming cities, and feasting on delicious tapas, there is so much to do in La Rioja.

When you hear ‘Rioja’ no doubt you imagine pouring a lovely glass of red with dinner. Located in the north of Spain, La Rioja is a region famed for its delicious wine! It’s one of Spain’s premier exports, with wineries producing over 300 million litres each year.

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5 Amazing Wine Experiences To Enjoy In Spain

Sunset over the vineyard

Get to know Spain via some of its most famous tipples! From visiting a festival dedicated to wine, to learning about Rioja, and even cycling through some of the most beautiful vineyards in the country, here are some of the ultimate wine experiences in Spain.

Romantic Riojas, crisp Cavas and sweet Sherries, Spain has a variety of high-quality, internationally exported wines. But why limit these experiences to your home? How about planning a holiday to explore the regions where they’re produced? It makes for a very special experience.

I’ve enjoyed a few wonderful of wine experiences around the world, including a Malbec tour of Argentina’s Uco Valley with spectacular views of the snow-capped Andes, sampling the best reds and whites in California’s Sonoma Valley, and even stopping off in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, Chateau Neuf Du Pape, to sample a few local wines.

Salentein Winery, Uco Valley
Salentein Winery, Uco Valley
Picking out my favourite wine in Lapostolle's wine cellar (Photo @BackpackerMacca)
Picking out my favourite wine in Lapostolle’s wine cellar (Photo @BackpackerMacca)

As you’ll know if you follow my blog and my travels, Spain is one of my absolute fave countries. I adore the scenery, the cities, the people, the food and the general vibe! No wonder it’s a country I return to over and over again.

I’d love to explore more of its wine scene though. I’ve visited a few wineries including a stunning spot close to Ronda which I wrote about in this post, but I dream of returning on a wine-themed trip! How wonderful would that be?

So from Rioja to Jerez, San Sebastian to Catalonia, it’s time to find out about Spain’s top wine experiences. I think you’ll want to plan a trip too after learning about these adventures!

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Sonoma Valley Wine Tour, California

Larson Family Winery, Sonoma Valley, California

Considering booking a Sonoma Valley wine tour? Find out what to expect on the day, what to take and all about the wineries in this detailed guide.

Wine tasting is a must-do when visiting California. I headed out to the Sonoma Valley to check out some of the stunning wineries and of course, sample a few top wines!

After 2 weeks of fast-paced travel from LA to San Francisco via Yosemite National Park, I was ready for to slow things down with a relaxed day in the countryside. I booked a wine tour of the Sonoma Valley with Green Dream Tours. I picked Sonoma over Napa as many I spoke to said it was less touristy and just as good!

Sonoma County is around an hour from San Francisco and the region is home to more than 900 wineries. A trip here is rated as one of the best things to do in California. It boasts spectacular scenery with olive trees, fruit tree and sweeping hills lined with vines, all set against a bright blue summer sky. If the drive there was anything to go by, we were in for a treat!

Wine tasting at Nicholson Ranch, Sonoma Valley, California
Wine tasting at Nicholson Ranch, Sonoma Valley, California

Tour guide Mark was enthusiastic and full of jokes as we left the big city behind. After a brief stop for photos at the Golden Gate Bridge, we headed towards Sonoma.

Stopping for a pic at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Stopping for a pic at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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