Term (also eco-tourism) for tourist activities, where the landscape, cultural and gastronomic characteristics of wine-growing areas as well as wine-related activities stand in the foreground. These include the visit of wineries with wine tasting and possibly purchase of wine products, visit to wine tree museums, guided walks through vineyards and wine trails and seminars on the subject of wine. Winegrowing institutions and associations are also day trips along wine Routes
organized. Wine tourism developed from the late 1980s in the countries of the New world
. New Zealand
. South Africa
and has become an important pillar of the economy.
Increasingly, it is also gaining in importance in Europe in the classical wine-growing countries as a possibility of an additional source of income or livelihood. Many companies often offer a wide range of related services as well as "holiday winery" with guest apartments. Some wineries even make it possible to cooperate with the vintage, As a period offers the growth cycle
of the grapevine
from May to October. In the meantime, there are also wine tourism at various universities as a topic of economic-tourist or oenological