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  • Nédélia Fauconnier

Visiting wine regions in Europe with your kids? Tips and top 7 regions

Family tasting grapes in a vineyard

To fellow parents who love wine, this article is for you! Wine tasting and touring vineyards are usually considered as adult activities, but that does not mean that they cannot be enjoyed by families with children. Although, let's be real, a wine tour can quickly turn into a nightmare if the kids aren't having fun too.

Luckily, many wine regions across the world offer a range of activities and attractions that can keep children entertained while their parents indulge in wine-tasting. In this article, we will discuss how to plan a visit to wine regions with kids, what to consider, and which wine regions in Europe are ideal for families to visit.

Family walk in a vineyard

The essentials when traveling with kids to wine regions

When planning a trip to wine regions with your kids, it is essential to consider a few things to ensure that everyone has a good time.

  • First, research the region to find out what activities are available for children. Many vineyards offer activities such as grape stomping, horseback riding, and treasure hunts.

  • Second, make sure to check the winery's policy on children before you visit. Some wineries may have age restrictions or may only offer tastings to adults. You don't want to show up and find out your little ones aren't allowed in.

  • Finally, make sure to bring snacks, water, and sunscreen for your children, as well as activities to keep them entertained during the trip.

Happy family picking grapes in a vineyard

How can kids find wine regions interesting?

Wine regions can be fascinating for kids if you plan the trip with their interests in mind. For instance, kids can learn about the winemaking process, from planting to harvest and bottling. They can also participate in grape picking and learn about the history of the region. There's so much for them to learn and explore. Additionally, some vineyards offer activities such as pony rides, picnics, and nature walks, which can keep kids entertained while their parents sample wine. Especially during the open doors of the wine regions, the cellars are full of imagination to welcome families with plenty of activities.

Dad and son picking grapes in a vineyard

Are wineries generally family-friendly?

Many wineries are family-friendly, and some even offer designated play areas for children. However, it is essential to research the winery before visiting to ensure that it is suitable for children. Some wineries may have age restrictions or may not have facilities for children. To be considerate of wineries, you can let them know ahead if you plan to take your kids on a wine tour and provide their age. You could benefit from a family-friendly vineyard tour that will match your interests and enhance your wine tasting experience. During the tasting, children will be offered grape or apple juice as well as several activities. Additionally, it is crucial to be mindful of other guests and ensure that your children are well-behaved.

Kids playing on a swing in a vineyard located in the Côte de Bordeaux

Top 7 of the best wine regions to visit in Europe with your children

Europe is home to some of the world's best wine regions, and many of them are surprisingly kid-friendly. Here are a few of our top picks for wine regions to visit with your little ones:

  • Tuscany, Italy - Tuscany is a great place for families with its stunning countryside, delicious food, and amazing wines. Kids will love exploring the region's many castles, visiting historic cities like Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and participating in cooking classes. For the parents, there are plenty of vineyards to visit and wines to taste.

Kids having fun in Tuscany

  • Loire Valley, France: This region is known for its picturesque vineyards and historic castles. Children can enjoy boat rides on the Loire River, visit the Chateau de Chenonceau, and participate in grape-picking activities. Don't miss out the nearby zoos and parks.

Douro valley
  • Douro Valley, Portugal: This region is known for its stunning landscapes, historic vineyards, and world-famous Port wine. Families can enjoy river cruises, visit the mediaeval town of Lamego, and participate in grape-stomping activities.

  • Mosel Valley, Germany - Known for its stunning views and steep vineyards, Mosel Valley is a great place to visit with your family. Kids will enjoy exploring the river valley, hiking, and visiting the region's many historic castles. Meanwhile, parents can indulge in the area's famous Rieslings.

  • Bordeaux, France - The Bordeaux wine region offers activities for children, such as visits to castles and museums, the city of wine, bike rides or horseback rides in the vineyards, as well as workshops for tasting grape juice and introduction to viticulture. Families can also take advantage of many other activities in the surrounding area, such as the Pessac zoo, the Pilat dunes, the Arcachon basin and geocaching with Terra Aventura.

  • La Rioja, Spain - La Rioja is a great place for families who love the outdoors. Kids can explore the region's many hiking trails, visit the dinosaur museum, and enjoy the many parks and playgrounds. Meanwhile, parents can indulge in some of the world's best Tempranillo wines.

  • Kent, England - The region offers activities such as tours and grape juice tastings. Children can also enjoy fruit picking and visits to local farms. Finally, the area's beaches are also popular with families for outdoor activities.

Happy family in vacation

Visiting wine regions with your kids can be a rewarding and educational experience for the whole family. By researching the region, planning age-appropriate activities, and choosing family-friendly wineries, you can ensure that everyone has a good time. With so many beautiful wine regions to choose from in Europe, you are sure to find the perfect destination for your next family vacation.

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