A wine vacation should be 100 percent fun, so skip the logistics hassles, and take a wine tour organized by top professionals. True insiders in their regions, these operators arrange warm welcomes for you at famous wineries not generally open to the public.\r\n\r\nItineraries include visits to new cult favorites as well as renowned grand castles. Owners and winemakers bring out \u201cthe good stuff\u201d: older vintages, limited-production bottlings and rare vertical tastings. But wait, there\u2019s more: Tour operators arrange to have guests pampered with private guides and luxury hotels, as well as dining at top-rated restaurants and cozy, authentic eateries serving regional specialties.\r\n\r\nThe world\u2019s greatest wines, and some of wine\u2019s most fascinating people and places, are waiting for you.\r\n\r\n\r\nPiedmont, Italy\r\nBarolo, Truffles and Castles\r\nSurrounded on three sides by the Alps, the Piedmont region is home terroir for superstars Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as lavish cuisine that includes truffles, cream sauces and soft-ripened robiola cheese. On the Piedmont Wine Tour, a private, chauffeured Mercedes-Benz shuttles guests on VIP visits to estates that include La Spinetta for tastings of top-ranked Barbaresco and Barolo, and Borgogno (established 1761), where vertical tastings are available.\r\n\r\nTravelers also discover boutique properties like Gigi Rosso, where Winemaker Maurizio pulls out vintages from his own cellar, and\u00a0Cordero di Montezemolo, managed by the same family since 1340. Enjoy pampering at accommodations like Castello di Guarene, an 18th-century palace with beautiful gardens. Meals are equally memorable at Piazza Duomo in Alba, where Chef Enrico Crippa brings out the best in seasonal ingredients. Other activities can include tours of royal houses built by the Dukes of Savoy, bicycling excursions or skiing at Sestriere, site of several events during the 2006 Winter Olympics.\r\n\r\nAdd-On: The International Alba White Truffle Fair is special fun in late autumn and early winter.\r\n\r\nContact:\u00a0Cellar Tours; Piedmont Wine Tour: Nine days/eight nights from $7,500 per person.\r\n\r\n\r\nNew Zealand\r\nA 1,000-Mile Journey \r\nThis 12-day exploration spotlights the country\u2019s top wine regions, from Waiheke Island in the north to Central Otago in the south, as well as extraordinary landscapes. Guests enjoy exclusive tastings with owners and winemakers. \u201cWe\u2019re a small country, so we\u2019re not in such a hurry,\u201d says Grape Escape Owner Greg Beachen, who guides tours personally.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nParticipants explore the city of Napier in Hawkes Bay, renowned for its concentration of Art Deco-style buildings, and visit historic properties like Mission Estate, founded in Napier by French missionaries in 1851, and modern architectural showstoppers like Craggy Range, set beneath Te Mata Peak in Havelock North. Most of all, visitors will remember the people they meet. That list includes Anna and Jason Flowerday, owners of Te Whare Ra, one of the oldest vineyards in Marlborough; and Kevin Judd, former winemaker at Cloudy Bay, who now has his own label, Greywacke. \u201cWe\u2019re making friends,\u201d says Beachen. \u201cThat\u2019s what it\u2019s all about.\u201d The tour also presents one-of-a-kind opportunities like swimming and sailing at Abel Tasman National Park, scenic flights over Milford Sound and Jet-Boat rides near Queenstown.\r\n\r\nAdd-On:\u00a0Take the helm of an America\u2019s Cup sailing yacht on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland.\r\n\r\nContact:\u00a0Grape Escape Wine Tours; Wine Trail New Zealand: Twelve days/eleven nights from $7,800\u2013$17,000 per person.\r\n\r\n\r\nMendoza, Argentina\r\nMalbecs and Mountains\r\nStart with landscapes that stretch from snowcapped Andes to the pampas. Throw in tango, galloping gauchos and a glacier, and you have this 12-night tour focused on Argentina\u2019s wines and wonders. In Mendoza, guests follow the winemaking process from vineyard to vintage. Bodegas Salentein captivates with its modern architecture, art gallery and Malbec-led red blends.\r\n\r\nAndeluna occupies a state-of-the-art winery poised at 4,265 feet, while at the restaurant, tasting menus harmonize with acclaimed Malbecs and Bordeaux-style red blends. The accommodations of the tour match the caliber of the wines. One option is the Vines Resort & Spa, set in the Uco Valley, which offers wine-blending sessions and dinner with wine pairings at superstar Chef Francis Mallmann\u2019s on-site restaurant, Siete Fuegos. Travelers also stay at an estancia in the Cordoba region and a luxury lodge in Patagonia where they can trek on Perito Moreno glacier.\r\n\r\nAdd-On: Learn something new\u2014take a tango lesson in Buenos Aires.\r\n\r\nContact: Scott Dunn, Private Journeys, Malbec & Mountains: Argentina in Luxury: Thirteen days/twelve nights from $7,300 person.\r\n\r\n\r\nBordeaux, France\r\nTaste Your Way Through the Region \r\nLegendary ch\u00e2teaux open their gates for this six-day/five-night tour. Highlights include tasting an older vintage of P\u00e9trus, private meals at Classified Growth estates, a visit to the Museum of Wine in Art at First Growth Ch\u00e2teau Mouton Rothschild as well as a tour and tasting at Ch\u00e2teau d\u2019Yquem. Guests stay at one of the oldest Grands Crus of Bordeaux (first harvested in 1252), Ch\u00e2teau Pape Cl\u00e9ment, named after its founder and most famous owner, Pope Clement V.\r\n\r\nDining opportunities feature Michelin-starred restaurants as well as small-gem local favorites. Guides, which may include a Master of Wine or a James Beard award-winning author, share insider knowledge about the futures market, where to purchase Bordeaux wines and importance of provenance. \u201cWe help wine lovers become connoisseurs,\u201d says Pascale Bernasse, president of French Wine Explorers.\r\n\r\nAdd-On: The company also arranges custom tours and small group visits to Bordeaux during harvest.\r\n\r\nContact: French Wine Explorers, Bordeaux Prestige Tour (November 12\u201317, 2018): Six days/five nights from $6,900 per person.