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Sip Some Bubbly (Hic! ‘Scuse me! ) on These Chic Champagne Tours

Friends taking champagne tours for New Year's
Written by Gabby Teaman

This blog post was updated on January 20, 2023.

You don’t need a special occasion to crack open a bottle of Champagne. In fact, when you take a Champagne tour, your arrival is the special occasion! Here are just a few places around the world where you can sip some bubbly, learn some cool stuff about its production and distribution, and take some stunning photos of wine country.

Oh, and remember: It’s only “Champagne” if it’s made in the Champagne region of France. Otherwise it’s “sparkling wine,” or some specific fizzy varietal, like Cava or Prosecco.

So raise a glass and head on over to these amazing Champagne tours for New Year’s this year!

France Champagne Tours

Champagne Tours for New Years in France

Vive la France! There’s no shortage of French Champagne tours, so if you’re looking to get a little giggly this New Year, this is the country for you. If you want to cross major experiences off your bucket list, look for tours based out of Reims or Epernay, two high-profile wine destinations that date back to medieval times. You can explore everything from Dom Perignon’s tomb to the half-mile Avenue de Champagne, home to grandly spectacular Champagne houses. For non-alcoholic tourist destinations, there’s also the Reims Cathedral where French royalty has been crowned for generations.

If you prefer a more off-the-beaten-path experience during your travels, there are smaller and more intimate wine tours to choose from, too. They can take you through wine-making villages like Oger, Cramant, and Hautvillers, allowing you to really get your hands in the dirt and grow an appreciation for Champagne’s cultivators.

Spain Cava Tours

Champagne Tours for New Years in Spain

Cava is a type of sparkling wine that’s produced only in Spain. While not technically considered a Champagne, it can still give you a bubbly feeling as you soak up the sun and explore the neat and tidy vineyards of its native lands.

Barcelona is the hot spot for cava-based wine tours, so expect your travels to take you in and around this stunning city as you explore wineries, cellars, tasting rooms, and historic cava houses. Penedés is another major wine-growing region and tourist attraction, and it offers everything from self-guided bike tours to sommelier-led bus and van tours. You can explore wine country at your leisure while also dining on gourmet cuisine and learning production secrets from the masters.

Last but not least, don’t forget the charming seaside villages of Sitges! It’s a picturesque place where you can sip your cava, watch the waves, and go sightseeing among local tourist attractions, such as traditional Indiano houses.

Related: Cheers! 11 International Toasts for the Next Time You Raise Your Glass

Italy Prosecco Tours

Champagne Tours for New Years in Italy

Do you love a good glass of Prosecco? Are you partial to a crisp Aperol Spritz? Then you won’t want to miss the Prosecco region of Italy. Only about an hour from Venice, Prosecco is known throughout the world for its beautiful landscapes, sparkling white wines, and rich cultural heritage. Some wineries in the area date back to the Middle Ages, so they have a lot of history behind them, and visiting their estates is like stepping back in time.

Other, more modern vineyards offer glamorous wine tours designed to make you feel like royalty, letting you kick back on a patio with chilled bottles and stunning vineyards spread before you. If you don’t know which kind of Prosecco is your favorite, that’s okay. A Prosecco wine tour will reveal all!

California Sparkling Wine Tours

Champagne Tours for New Years on Train

Nothing says “wine” like Napa Valley, and it’s yours for the taking when you book the right wine tour! A typical excursion will take you around the lush vineyards that make the region so famous. You’ll explore wineries, castles, cellars, and other places of alcoholic import, many of them offering complimentary samples along the way. You can also sign up for demonstrations of the wine-making process or sit down for artisan food and wine pairings.

For a truly unforgettable experience, book a carriage on the Napa Valley Wine Train in December, a vintage-style ride through the countryside. If you like to keep the fun going even after your flute is empty, there are other cool tourist attractions in Napa Valley as well, including museums, art galleries, and state parks.

Have you ever lived it up on a Champagne tour? Tell us where you went in the comments below!

About the author

Gabby Teaman

Gabby Teaman is a content writer who loves writing (of course!), editing, food, and the Oxford comma. When she’s not writing for Fareportal, she can be found Snapchatting videos of her puppy, blasting show tunes, or watching Netflix, all while trying to read everything in sight.

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