Interest in food and wine has soared to new heights as the world’s fascination with celebrity chefs, reality cooking shows and the organic food movement goes from strength to strength.
Food and wine now forms a major focus for many travellers, and holidays are often designed around culinary attractions, famous wine-growing regions and emerging restaurant scenes. Here are 10 favourite gastronomic journeys from the experts at luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent.
The beautiful spice island of Sri Lanka is a concentration of culinary traditions. Many cultures have cast their influence resulting in a colourful and flavoursome cuisine, which makes good use of the abundant supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables and of course spices. On A&K’s Hosted Journey to Sri Lanka, guests travel in the company of ‘Gourmet Traveller’ Editor Helen Anderson, and are introduced to the country’s culinary delicacies as well as cultural attractions such as the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, ancient Buddhist sites in the Cultural Triangle and the Old Dutch Fort in Galle.
A&K’s 14-day Hosted Journey ‘Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka by A&K with Helen Anderson 2 – 15 October 2017 is priced from $7795 per person.
Charming historic villages, seaside towns, fine food and wine, exquisite boutique accommodation make Tasmania a unique and rewarding getaway for the gourmet traveller.
Though petite, the state is rich in culinary invention. Gourmet experiences abound and with A&K you are treated to private wine tastings, local picnic hampers, artisan chocolate and berry wine tastings, dinner at Saffire Freycinet’s award-winning Palate and a degustation lunch with matching wines at The Source restaurant at MONA.
A&K’s eight-day private journey, ‘Tasmania on a Platter’, is priced from $6290 per person.
A&K’s private journey through north-eastern Italy focuses on the famous produce of the region – the Prosciutto di San Daniele, Prosecco, grappa, olives and asparagus to name a few. Highlights include visiting a Venetian bacari for wine and tasting plates, the celebrated Prosecco Wine Route, the glass blowers of Murano, exquisite Palladian villas and medieval monuments plus incredible cuisine, wine tastings, distillery visits and atmospheric lodgings along the way.
A&K’s eight-day private journey, ‘Prosecco to Prosciutto’, is priced from $9825 per person.
Thanks to a varied topography and rich heritage, Peru boasts one of the world’s most sophisticated and inventive culinary scenes, with beautiful fresh produce from its three distinct geographic regions.
With A&K, guests join author, cook, TV presenter and former MasterChef contestant Justine Schofield on an exclusive culinary journey through Peru. A natural choice for foodies, there are special culinary experiences from urban molecular gastronomy to rustic village feasts. The country’s cultural and historic attractions are also featured with Machu Picchu and Cusco major highlights.
A&K’s 10-day Hosted Journey, ‘A Taste of Peru with Justine Schofield’, departs 4 – 13 August 2017 and is priced from $10,595 per person.
Food and wine are just some of the reasons New Zealand is in the top five most popular destinations for Australian travellers. Its wines are some of the world’s best and its fresh produce extraordinary from crayfish and mussels to lamb and honey. There are farmers’ markets aplenty, artisan beer breweries, rivers full of trout and ultra-luxe lodgings that leave nothing to chance.
A&K’s eight-day private journey, ‘Fly-Fishing in New Zealand’, is priced from $8067 per person.
Though often eclipsed in the culinary stakes by its near neighbours, Chile is enjoying its moment in the sun.
Foraging has found its feet and the great local chefs are showcasing the country’s remarkable fresh produce from sea parsley and rica rica to guanaco and king crab. Thanks to the favourable climate there are several wine growing regions producing world-class wines and many vineyards and cellars where private tastings and personal blends are a highlight. With A&K guests visit the Casablanca Valley wine region with visits to a variety of vineyards and tasting opportunities
A&K’s 10-day private journey, ‘Wonders of Chile’, is priced from $10,850 per person.
From taco stands on the street to home cooked mole, the aromatic food, wines and spirits of Mexico are a tantalising treat. The rich combination of savoury and earthy flavours and the freshness, which comes from a generous dose of herbs, citrus and chillies make Mexican food vibrant and delicious. Guests who love the food, can learn to make it themselves on a private journey with A&K where market visits and cooking classes with some of the country’s best chefs are a highlight. Also featured are boutique vineyard visits and dining at world-class eateries.
A&K’s five-day private journey, ‘Taste of Mexico’, is priced from $4850 per person.
Iceland’s diet is long on fish and seafood with a veritable bounty from the surrounding Arctic waters. Its rich agricultural heritage has evolved into an active paddock to plate ethos with lamb and crowberries common features on the menu. The long winters and harsh climate has made cured, pickled and smoked products popular (think fermented shark and smoked puffin) but today Iceland, and in particular Reykjavik, has one of the world’s most happening restaurant scenes. Any A&K journey to Iceland gives ample time to savour the local delicacies which focus on seasonal produce.
A&K’s seven-day private journey, ‘Land of Fire & Ice’, is priced from $10,045 per person.
Famous for its light, fresh flavours, the cuisine of Southeast Asia has a heritage that displays both Chinese and French influences. Subtle flavours are the norm with strong aromatic components such as soy and fish sauce, citrus, lemongrass and herbs such as mint, coriander and basil. A&K’s special cruise along the Mekong River with celebrated chef Christine Manfield is on board luxury ship Aqua Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam and reveals riverside markets, where guests stop to shop for the freshest ingredients, from catfish to river prawns, and organic local produce. On board guests enjoy Christine Manfield’s specially designed menus that remain authentic to the fertile surroundings.
A&K’s nine-day Hosted Journey ‘Gourmet Traveller Siem Reap to Saigon with Christine Manfield’ departs 12 – 20 October 2017 and is priced from $14,295 per person.
Famous for its wines and gourmet produce the Cape Winelands in the southwest of the country are right on the doorstep of Cape Town.
A&K’s ‘Cape Food and Wine Route’ visits the finest vineyards, providores and producers there with opportunities to taste the epicurean delights on offer and hear from the experts what makes each item so special. There are many varieties of wine to savour, Belgian chocolates, cheese and a Cape Cuisine walking tour with accommodation at either Leeu House in the heart of Franschhoek or Leeu Estate, a country house retreat, boutique winery and wellness spa set among the vineyards.
A&K’s three-day private journey, ‘Cape Food & Wine Route’, is priced from $910 per person.