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– **History**:
– Enotourism is a new form of tourism with varying histories across regions.
– Napa Valley AVA and Wine Country saw growth after a marketing effort in 1975.
– Catalonia, Spain started marketing enotourism in the mid-2000s.
– The film “Sideways” in 2004 boosted English speakers’ interest in enotourism.
– Enotourism gained popularity after the 1976 Judgment of Paris.

– **Current Trends**:
– In the U.S., 27 million travelers engage in culinary or wine activities.
– Italy attracts approximately five million wine travelers, generating 2.5 billion euros.
– Enotourism Day is celebrated in several European countries.
– Chile has expanded its enotourism industry with new tourist routes.
– India has popular wine tourism destinations like Sula Vineyard and Grover Vineyard.

– **Activities**:
– Visitors to wineries learn about the winemaking process and taste wines.
– Some wineries offer stays at guest houses on-site.
– Activities include cycling through vineyards and harvest experience tours.
– Small regions like Priorat offer intimate visits with the owner.
– Additional activities like wine and food pairing tours are becoming popular.

– **Future Outlook**:
– Enotourism is seen as having significant growth potential.
– Regions like Napa Valley face challenges such as crowds and increased fees.
– Sustainable practices and environmental responsibility are becoming more important.
– The industry may need to balance success with maintaining visitor interest.
– Many wine tourists seek out wineries with eco-friendly practices.

– **References**:
– Various sources provide insights into the history and growth of enotourism.
– Enotourism is increasingly popular and celebrated worldwide.
– Studies and articles highlight the economic impact and potential of enotourism.
– Wine tourism is a growing trend attracting travelers globally.
– External links offer further information and resources related to wine tourism.

Enotourism (Wikipedia)

Enotourism, oenotourism, wine tourism, or vinitourism refers to tourism whose purpose is or includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine, often at or near the source. Where other types of tourism are often passive in nature, enotourism can consist of visits to wineries, tasting wines, vineyard walks, or even taking an active part in the harvest.

Typical winery tasting room
Wine museum at Graffigna, San Juan, Argentina
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