Toast 2015 at 5 Spots for Tempting Tastings!

The New Year is right around the corner! Members around the world will be saluting 2014 and tipping glasses to 2015! If you’re 21 and older, keep reading… we’re going to get you in the spirit with five places to tour and sample adult beverages located by Global Discovery Vacations destinations.

The Tequila Factory (Puerto Penasco, Mexico)

Tequila Factory

Photo credit: Tequila Factory.

The Tequila Factory is a family owned and operated brewery specializing in unique tequila. You’ll learn how they produce 100% blue agave into tasty tequila completely chemical free on a spoken video tour. You’ll be richly rewarded with a tequila tasting featuring six types of tequilas—blanco, reposado, anejo, triple distilled, antiguo and gold. You can also taste nine different flavors of tequila. Selfies and group photos are encouraged! You might even be featured on the Tequila Factory Visitor Photo Wall.

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

Smoky moonshine

Photo credit: Ole Smoky Moonshine.

“The Holler” is America’s most visited distillery and produces all of the brand’s signature flavors. You don’t want to miss the distinct aroma of cooking and fermenting grains, or the sight of authentic-working moonshine stills. Once your taste buds are tingling post tour, enjoy a free taste of their homegrown shine! With flavors like White Lightnin’, Strawberry, and their world famous “Apple Pie” to choose from, you’re sure to find your favorite! Plus, they’ve got live music.

Mount Gay Rum (Barbados, Caribbean)

Explore three centuries of the history, heritage and technique behind the world’s oldest rum. You’ll join rum enthusiasts from around the world discovering the mysteries and secrets behind Barbados’ finest and most celebrated spirit. No matter which tour you choose—Signature Rum Tour, interactive Cocktail Tour or the Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour—you’re going to go on a journey of rich heritage as you explore the time proven craftsmanship of the world’s oldest rum. Bottoms up!

Hood River County Fruit Loop (Hood River, Oregon)


The fields at the Gorge White House are bursting with beautiful flowers and delicious berries for picking. 

The Hood River County Fruit Loop is just an hour away from Whispering Woods Resort in Welches, Oregon. Our own Corey T. visited this destination recently and raved about one of the few places that offers the complete experience of growing, producing, and enjoying fruit and wine. While there, you’ll find fruit stands, vineyards, alpacas and lavender farms. Corey highly recommends touring The Gorge White House, a historic home on a century old working farm where you can pick fruit, flowers and vegetables; sip on their own hard ciders and craft beers, and dine on farm fresh cuisine.

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California)

Stone Brewing Co. is the No. 10 brewery on the Brewers Association List Top 50 Breweries of 2013. You can take a guided tour with Indoctrination Specialists who take you through the heart of this working brewery. You’ll learn all about the brewing process and craft beer culture during the 45 minute experience, ending with a guided tasting of this award-winning craft beer. Before or after your tour, dine at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, serving locally grown, small-farm ingredients in a beautiful open-air patio with one-acre organic beer garden.

There you have it! Tequila, Moonshine, Rum, Wine and Beer—five places to tour and see how your favorite spirits are made. All recommend reservations. We recommend you don’t miss any of them!

Do you have a favorite brewery, distillery or winery tour? Share the fun and tell us where it is and why you like it in the comments below!

Stacey is a writer with an eye for design. She’s been with Global Discovery Vacations since 2004, directing the creative department. Her passion for the written word is equal only to that of rescuing dogs and playing volleyball.

2 thoughts on “Toast 2015 at 5 Spots for Tempting Tastings!

  1. We went on the Mackinac Trail wine tour in northern Michigan. We had a great time. Ended up with 10 bottles. Highly recommended

    • If you’re coming away with 10 bottles, then it has to be good! We’ll have to check that out, thanks for the recommendation, Terry.

      -Happy Travels

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