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The Most Extreme Wine Tastings Around the World

Fighter jet rides, blind tasting in a cave, scuba diving for bottles: There’s a lot to do out there for adventurous wine lovers.

By Kristy Alpert

March 05, 2021

Winemakers rarely shy away from a risk. They’ve faced extreme frosts, fires, plagues, and even phylloxera—the microscopic pest that nearly destroyed Europe’s vineyards in the 1860s— over the centuries.When COVID-19 hit, many winemakers switched gears, offering virtual tastings and navigating complicated shipping issues almost immediately after the shut-down orders.

As rules on gatherings continue to shift, many tasting rooms have moved outdoors, but it’s not all wine patios and tasting igloos out there. From scuba diving for bottles in an undersea wine cellar to descending a rock face for a blind tasting in a cave, some are much more thrilling. Here are the world’s most extreme wine tastings.

Chêne Bleu
Chêne Bleu Winery in Provence, France.
| CREDIT: COURTESY OF CHÊNE BLEU

WSET Boot Camp at Chêne Bleu Winery
Where: Provence, France
If a wine boot camp doesn’t sound extreme, consider that you’ll become Level 2 WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) certified in less than one week after graduating from this full-immersion boot camp at Chêne Bleu Winery. You’ll spend six days tasting more than 100 benchmark wines from around the world while attending lectures, visiting noteworthy producers, and getting hands-on experience in the vineyards of La Verrière.

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The Most Extreme Wine Tastings Around the World