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Fantastic Day out, or I think it was from what I remember!!
Member Name: huggy2009
Advantages: Interesting, very informative, good value, great wine
Disadvantages: Not for those of a teetotal bent
Vinopolis is a cracking day out in London, based on the South Bank within an easy 5 minute walk of London Bridge rail and tube stations and located next to the famous Borough Market.
Vinopolis is a great place to come in London either for a meal in the fabulous restaurant or to develop a greater understanding of wine, its taste and its history.
We visited on a 2 for 1 voucher which we gained via a British Rail days out guide, this entitled us to two entry tickets for the price of one, It therefore cost us £15 for two tickets, we then paid extra for Champagne tasting and Gin tasting on top of the wine tasting, so in total it cost us around £30 for a really enjoyable afternoon .
Vinopolis is open on Thursday and Fridays from Midday until 10pm, Saturdays from 11am to 10pm and Sundays from Midday to 6pm.
The venue is cavernous and even includes a large Majestic Wine Warehouse where you can purchase wine after your visit. When you enter Vinopolis you can visit whichever areas you wish depending on what tasting vouchers you hold.
You can go to a really interesting wine tasting masterclass where an expert explains how to drink wine, what to look for in taste and texture and the history of wine.
The champagne tasting bar was our first port of call and neither of us really liked or understood champagne, but we were poured three different glasses of champagne and talked through how to taste them and what we should taste in each one, you are given a pad for your visit on which you can impart your own thoughts on the drinks.
Following three glasses of champagne, we sat in a nice lounge drinking these and chatting we moved on to an area for new world wines and tasted some interesting wines with our vouchers, from Argentine Malbec and Chilean Sauvignon Blanc through to some fine Australian and South African wines, we then headed to the gin bar and had a lovely Bombay Sapphire cocktail which was awesome and really nice, the bar was quite a cool little area to chill but by this stage I especially was feeling a tad the worse for wear.
Moving on there was an absinthe tasting area which we missed as we felt it would push us into realms of drunkenness although it would have been interesting to taste the notorious Green liquid which was banned for so long. We moved onto an area to try classic wines and this was exceptional we tried Reislings, Burgandy, Pinot Noir and some beautiful Chardonnay, unfortunately whilst by this time we were having an amusing and fun filled time, we were at the end of the tour.
I would recommend the tour to anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more, but either be cautious in what you drink or take sunglasses as hitting daylight at 4pm on a Friday having quaffed around 10 glasses of red and white wine and champagne as well as cocktails is ill advised.
Overall it was a great experience which was interesting, great value (with the vouchers) and fun.
Summary: Fantastic Day out, or I think it was from what I remember!!