Carrie Dykes

9 Life-changing Accessories for the Wine Traveler

With wine tourism on the rise, there is a huge market for travel accessories, specific to this kind of journey. There are all sorts of niche tourism trips, focusing on things like architecture, art, food, adventure, wellness etc.—but  enotourism is taking the travel world by storm!

The fact that this website exists is a prime example. It makes perfect sense—vineyards are gorgeous places to visit and most are set up with outdoor spaces to take in the sights and vistas. Outdoor games have become a norm as well, which is perfect for family travel. Many vineyards and wineries have tasting rooms that include light fare to go with your wine flights.

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A lot of wineries have fine dining restaurants as well. Some wineries have bicycles to take around the vineyards—I have even been to a winery (Denbie’s in Surrey, England) that has vineyard train tours. All these things factor into a fun travel adventure, but the simple fact is, people want to learn about wine. Consumers are exploring wines rather than getting comfortable with one or two brands. They also want to be well informed. When you learn about wine, you are learning about geology, history, chemistry, viticulture, viniculture, business and palate training.

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Wine travel is a perfect marriage of beautiful natural setting, social interaction, education and of course food and wine. The best part is there are vineyards all around the world, so each trip can be a totally different cultural experience. Wine travel offers a boost to the region you are visiting, plus you are supporting a winery. Here are a few items that will make your wine travel seamless.

Essential Wine Travel Accessories

The Wine Suitcase

Obviously, after you learn about a wine and get to know the winery and vineyard from the inside-out, it only makes sense to bring some of your trip home. The Vino Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase is the safest and easiest way to bring home your bottled memories. It fits an entire case of wine and is suited for easy travel.

Only planning on bringing a few bottles home?  This Neoprene Bottle Protector is a great alternative.  It holds two bottles and easily fits in a suitcase. You can even opt to get it personalized if it’s a gift. This doubles as a useful way to bring wine to parties and dinners as well. Wine Skin is another option—it lays flat and barely takes up any room in your bag, until you blow it up to keep a bottle safe during transit.

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Collect Wine Labels

Another way to bring home these memories, (and a good way to remember what you liked, for future purchases) is to bring the labels home. These Label Lifts by Oenophilia are super-easy to use.  For ultimate organization, this Wine Tasting Journal is a stylish way to keep all of your labels in one place. There is space on each page for notes as well, so you can easily bring to mind what you liked/didn’t like about a wine.

Keep Your Wine Cool and Protected

After hitting the wine trail, you will likely have a bunch of goodies to share. The 6-Bottle Canvas Weekend Wine Bag is a stylish way to bring some wine to a day at the beach or a picnic in the park. There is an ice pack to keep whites and rosés cool. These adorable Wine Thermos and Glasses (with lids!) are the ultimate way to enjoy your wine outdoors. They keep wine cool, while also keeping bugs and sand out! The lid keeps spills at bay while enjoying a glass on uneven terrain.

TSA Approved Corkscrews

How many times has your wine opener been confiscated by the TSA? Not a problem anymore, with the Jetsetter TSA Approved Wine Corkscrew. Now you can keep it handy in your purse and not worry about it while packing.

After swishing wine around your mouth, you might be left with “zombie mouth” (lips, gums and teeth, all stained black). You certainly don’t want to head off to dinner that way (or anywhere for that matter), so these handy Wine Wipes are a must-have! They fit right in your purse or pocket.

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Start Your Journey

You can explore the world of wine from your couch by perusing this site. If you are not planning a trip any time soon, keep it local! Make a weekend plan with some friends to visit some wineries close-by. Winetraveler is a great resource for inspiration. Wherever wine takes you, the most important accessory is a designated driver. There are many wine tour groups that have busses or even limos to take you from place to place safely.


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Carrie Dykes
Virginia Wine Reviewer & International Wine Judge at IWSC & Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Carrie Dykes is wine writer and reviewer living in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her by-line can be also be found in Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, InCider Japan, The Cork Report and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. She is an international wine judge for the IWSC, where she uses the skills she has learned in her WSET Diploma training. Follow her travel and wine adventures in Instagram @lilmarzipan.
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