We could not have imagined that wine travel would be a sensitive subject in 2022, but it definitely is. After two years of being under a sort of house arrest thanks to Covid, the world is opening its door to travel once again and the pent-up desire to get out and explore the world has reached the boiling point, but world events are changing everything. That is to say if Europe is on your bucket list. The tragic war in Ukraine is a huge factor where European travel is concerned, and it will be for a very long time. As far as wine travel is concerned, some of the best wines and travel values are in Eastern Europe, but while you can still travel to a number of countries in that region, the rest of the world needs to be respectful and give the people of this region plenty of space so they can accommodate the needs of displaced citizens defenders of freedom.
In the rest of Europe, its a very different story and, not surprisingly, opportunities abound. That’s because the general sentiment among would-be traveler is indecisiveness. Organizations that track consumer behavior are seeing very soft travel patterns at best, which is great news for bargain hunters who are grabbing round trip transatlantic flights for in the $400 to $500 range. Similar opportunities are available in Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and other prime destinations. Learn more on this edition of Grape Encounters, but please, be extremely thoughtful about the choices you make.