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Sampling vino inside tasting rooms is par for the course while on a wine country vacation. But with rolling vineyards, dramatic landscapes, and fairytale-like gardens, more wineries around the world are realizing that their guests want to enjoy their wide open spaces, too. Beyond picnics, wineries are offering all kinds of outdoor activities, from hikes to yoga to ATV tours and painting lessons.   

Here, raise a glass to these spectacular outdoor experiences that you can have at wineries.

Take Art Lessons at Castello Banfi Wine Resort in Italy

Tucked away in the Brunello region of Tuscany, Castello Banfi Wine Resort is a luxury boutique hotel with lovely amenities, like a pool overlooking the Sangiovese vineyard and a rose garden. Guests at this fortress-turned-hotel will find plenty of creative inspiration in every direction, and, to channel it, the property hosts sketching lessons in the vineyards alongside a local artist.  

Castello Banfi Il Borgo wine estate in Italy

Let the scenic estate be your muse during a sketching class in the vineyards.

Castello Banfi Wine Resort

Hike the Vineyards and Visit a Butterfly Sanctuary at Jordan Vineyard and Winery in Healdsburg, California 

Hike the picturesque hills and valleys at Jordan Vineyard and Winery, passing through the vines and descending into the olive orchards during a guided excursion you’ll need to book in advance. You’ll get a chance to see the winery’s new pollinator sanctuary that supports native bees, honey bees, hummingbirds, and plays a crucial role in helping Monarch caterpillars turn into butterflies. For the sanctuary, Brent Young, the director of agricultural operations at Jordan, worked with Pollinator Partnership to find locations on the winery’s 1,200-acre estate for the difficult-to-grown milkweed plants that Monarch caterpillars feed on exclusively. (Without the plant, they can’t complete their metamorphosis into butterflies). A reward for this moderately strenuous four-mile hike is the panoramic view of the area’s mountain ranges and wine regions once you reach the top of Vista Point. A charcuterie picnic and wine pairing awaits you upon your return. 

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Jordan Winery offers a guided four-mile hike through its estate.

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Go for a Swim at BOTTAIA Winery in Temecula, California

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is located 90 minutes south of Los Angeles, and many of the wineries in this region have outdoors activities from an ice skating rink that’s open from November to January at  Peltzer Winery to yoga in the vines classes at Akash Winery and Leoness Cellars. For a unique experience, you can have a pool day in the vineyards at BOTTAIA Winery. Reserve a cabana or chaise lounge and keep the Aperol Spritzes (made with BOTTAIA Spumante) coming.

Pool at BOTTAIE Winery in Temecula Valley

Go for a swim at BOTTAIA Winery in Temecula Valley.


Enjoy Farm-to-Table Dinners at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate Gardens in Sonoma County, California

Set under majestic walnut trees in the serene gardens, Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series is an al fresco feast with dishes that incorporate the garden’s bounty as well as cheeses and meats from local purveyors. Courses are paired with the estate’s wine. Before or after dinner, guests can play bocce ball on the lawn and take tours of the gardens with Master Farmer Tucker Taylor. Not to be missed are the swings that were built for the estate’s resident chickens to play on.   

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Enjoy farm-to-table dinners and bocce ball at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate Gardens.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate Gardens

Go Off-Roading Through Colorado’s Wine Country

Professional drivers with Grand Junction’s Adrenaline Drive Adventure Company will chauffeur you through Colorado’s wine country in an RZR. During the guided tour, guests will visit five or so wineries in Palisade. In addition to tasting wine, there’s optional stops at lavender and alpaca farms. The off-road vehicle has a cooler for wine and cheese.

Palisade, Colorado

Palisade, Colorado, with the Book Cliffs Mountains. For an adventure-filled wine country escape, you ... [+] can book a guided RZR tour that will take you to five to seven wineries.


Go Truffle Hunting at Casa di Langa in Italy

Casa di Langa, a sustainable luxury hotel opened June 2021 in the heart of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. The 39-room hotel overlooks vineyards and rolling hills. Guests can go truffle hunting on the estate with experts and their Lagotto dogs (an Italian breed with keen truffle-finding senses). The hotel has a “truffle concierge” who can store your truffles in a dedicated chiller and help arrange for them to be shipped back home with you. The white Alba truffles can be found from late September to January, while the rest of the year a variety of black truffles can be discovered.

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Go truffle hunting in Northern Italy at Casa di Langa.

Casa di Langa

Join the winemaking process at Le Petit Chevalier near Hocking Hills, Ohio

With soaring cliffs, caves, waterfalls and dramatic rock formations the geography in Ohio’s Hocking Hills region mimics some of Europe’s famed wine regions. At Le Petit Chevalier, Margit and Mark Chevalier invite guests who stay on property at the Loft Suite (or any winery guests) to join the winemaking process. Margit Chevalier is a chemist, and can relay information about wine chemistry, terroir and more during a hands-on visit. Guests can also go hiking in vineyards or watch the winemaking process while they sip.

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Guests can join in on the winemaking fun at Le Petit Chevalier in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio.

Le Petit Chevalier

Run a Race at the Pindar Vineyards in Peconic, New York 

For a scenic autumn race, lace up your running shoes and hit the vineyards. Pindar Vineyards in New York hosts 5K and 8K races on Oct. 3, 2021. The event concludes with live music, food trucks, and, of course, toasting Pindar wine.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanyanas/2021/08/31/8-amazing-outdoors-experiences-that-you-can-have-at-wineries/