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Wine tasting and horseback riding make a wonderful mix. 

Wine tasting and horseback riding make a wonderful combination; they are both as much art as science. They attract enthusiastic fans partly on account of their tremendous aesthetic appeal. Thus it seems appropriate that some riding tours should include visits to wineries where tasting is offered. Of course there is a strong symbiotic relationship between wine and culinary enjoyment when the two are properly matched. You can be sure that on tours of this kind gastronomy gets considerable attention  also. It gives riders a chance to practice a sport they love and at the same time to explore the tastes of different wines while touring beautiful, rural countryside, often winding through vineyards. Somehow too it seems fitting that in visiting these wineries (many of which are centuries old) we should do it on horseback as travelers did of old.

A prime example of an equestrian wine tasting tour is in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France; famous for its wine since Roman times.  One of my personal favorites is our trip in the Malbec area of France, admired for its grapes and also for the foie gras and other delicious local dishes.  The castles and medieval walled towns on this riding tour are as picturesque as a dream from a delightful fairy tale.  This is rural France at its best with deep river valleys, oak forests favored by wild truffles and wide vineyards on fertile hillsides.

Tuscany is also famous for its fine wines as well as its superb cuisine.  The Saints & Warriors ride offers the perfect chance to savor some of Tuscany’s best wines accompanied with fabulous menus while enjoying the luxury accommodations of a remodeled castle.  Consider also the Villages and Vintages Ride in the renowned Chianti region of Italy where tasting a variety of wines and using them in harmony with sumptuous meals is one of life’s great pleasures.

Of course California is also quite well known for its fine wines, but the wine country there is so built up now that there are few rights-of-way for horses and extended riding tours are not possible.  Nevertheless there are excellent wine tasting rides available in some of the world’s best vineyard country without crossing the Atlantic such as the delightful wine tasting tour in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. 

As on all these rides, an exhilarating day in the saddle will give you a marvelous appetite for the food and drink. The wonderful old custom of the stirrup cup runs deep in the history of the Western World, perhaps in France more than anywhere although it was certainly de rigeur at fox hunts in England and Ireland and remains so today.  This charming old custom closely intertwines drinking a glass of wine or spirits with horses and riding. It also symbolizes a comforting good luck toast before embarking on a journey. As they say in French, “Vive le coup de l’étrier” – “Long live the stirrup cup.”

 

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Toscana Cucina Ride

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Saints and Warriors

This riding tour in Italy is a fantastic opportunity to experience the Italian countryside by horseback and enjoy local cuisine. Your host has great knowledge of and enthusiasm for... Read more

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Randonnée Liberté Ride

An unguided horseback riding trip in the rugged countryside of France near the Spanish border is the ultimate adventure for experienced riders who are prepared to take full responsibility... Read more

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Secluded Manor Ride

Located in the heart of the Dordogne, Perigord and Quercy regions, the secluded manor house where you will spend the week is the perfect place to get away from... Read more

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Estancia Los Potreros

This family run estancia offers an array of wonderful riding that can be tailored for all riding levels. Ride through the vast open landscape, play in gaucho games or... Read more

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Relaxed Tuscan Instruction

This relaxed ride appropriate for all levels and ages of riders and offers instructional or trail riding programs. The riding center and country guest house is your base and... Read more

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