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Here are the best boozy holidays for 2017


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Feeling a bit uninspired about this year's holiday planning? Want to try something new? Want something short, but turbulent? Feeling like trying out quality wines instead of endless, tiring sightseeing? Why not try one of these holiday ideas...

1. Experience Bordeaux au nouveau

France, 8th - 10th September

Le Marathon du Médoc is a great challenge for those who are fit, yet still like quality wine. The world's booziest race stretches 26.2 miles around the vineyards of Bordeaux, and offers 23 stops where you can eat oyster or steak, as well as have a cup or ten of quality wine. 

Le Marathon du Médoc Experience starts 8th September, goes on for three nights of exercise and wine-tasting, and costs £1,294 per person, based on two sharing. The cost includes return flights to Bordeaux, B&B in a luxury chateau in the Pessac vineyards with access to spa and pool, marathon registration, half-day private chauffeured wine tour and tastings in Saint-Émilion vineyards, including lunch, and a tour and tasting at a prestigious estate in Pessac.

2. Participate in the battle of wines

Spain, 28th - 30th June

Yes, you read that right. La Batalla del Vino in Rioja, Spain, is an annual free-for-all wine fight, that takes place just outside the town of Haro. After that, there's partying in the streets for those who still have energy. La Batalla del Vino Experience is a three-night trip, departing on 27th June, that costs from £994 per person, based on two sharing. That includes return flights to Bilbao, B&B at a three-star boutique hotel in Logroño, car hire, one full day chauffeured wine tour with tastings at three family run wineries, local tapas lunch paired with wines – and free time to join in the wine fight.

3. Celebrate the wine harvest in Paris' arts district

France, 13th - 15th October

The 18th arrondissment might be famous for Sacré-Coeur, Moulin Rouge and Lido, but it's also famous for being the only district left in Paris with working wineries. As such, it's marked the annual grape harvest ever since 1934. And of course, as you might expect from Paris's arts district, the event retains its urban air, with poetry readings taking a big part of it. 

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre Wine Experience is a two-night trip that departs on 13th October, and costs £669, based on two sharing. The price includes returning Eurostar tickets, private transfers, B&B in a boutique three-star hotel in the city centre, a wine and cheese tasting-and-pairing lunch in 17th Century cellar - and time to visit the festival. 

SmoothRed specializes in quirky wine events, holidays, and tours, but they offer other themed holidays as well. Visit their website for more quirky boozy holidays. 

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