Enjoy a day at a vineyard
Service motivator and flight attendant Tarja Mattsson shares three of her favourite wineries from across the globe.
1. Hua Hin, Thailand
Not many people think of Thailand as wine country, but the Monsoon Valley Vineyard actually produces several internationally awarded wines. A range of grape varietals is grown here – including Shiraz, Colombardi, Chenin Blanc, and Dornfelder. Visitors can tour the vineyards and learn how vines grow in such a tropical climate or attend a wine tasting experience where sommeliers explain the production process from vine to glass.
2. Douro Valley, Portugal
The wine estates that stretch along the Duoro River from Porto to Pinhâo are truly breathtaking with their steep terraces, which were built by hand hundreds of years ago and are so steep that all the grape harvesting must be done by hand. Although the Douro Valley is primarily famous for its Port, the sparkling white and red wines are definitely worth a mention. Many of the quintas (estates) offer tours as well as wine tastings. Comfortable walking shoes are a must here!
3. Champagne, France
Did you know that the Champagne region is the world’s coldest wine growing area, with an average temperature of only 10.5 degrees Celsius? The cool climate makes for optimal ripening. The town of Reims is home to the famous champagne producers Krug and Taittinger; while just a 30-minute drive from Reims is the family-owned Champagne Joseph Perrier – whose champagne so happens to be Finnair’s chosen house champagne!
Photos iStock, Lotta Polviander, and Tarja Mattsson