From Sicily to Seoul, Sono Hotel offers guests wines from across the globe
After a long day of relaxation on vacation, there is a way to enjoy a wide selection of wine without searching out a specialty shop in the area where you are staying.
With the increasing number of wine drinkers in the country that pack their bottles to take on vacation, one of the largest resort chains in the country, Sono Hotels and Resorts has decided to offer their guests a fuss-free wine experience.
At its 17 resorts and hotels nationwide, the company has launched a program called “Sono Winery Tour,” offering unlimited wine every day. Although there are no vineyards on the properties, it chose to name its event a winery tour because it has different backdrops of nature at each resort that look a lot like different wine producing regions around the world.
Guests can imagine themselves sitting by the beach on the wine growing island of Sicily while tasting wine from the region in Italy at Sono Hotel and Resort's Samcheok location by the East Sea. At the Goseong resort by Mount Seorak, guests can enjoy Argentinian wine outside, weather permitting.
Sommeliers at each of the resorts handle a list of wines for guests. They not only recommend certain styles of wine to suit guests individual tastes, but also offer wine knowledge upon request.
“Since hotels and resorts already have professional wine experts and all the wine tools at their restaurants, it is easy for us to cater to those consumers who want to try out wine at some new places in the time when wine is becoming a popular choice of drink,” said an official with the resort.
“We wanted people to have their own exotic moments at the resorts as if they are are taking part in a winery tour overseas.”
Since the company first had a test run of the event, the average number of guests taking part in the program was 100 a day. Usually about 18 different wines from across the globe are available to taste. The program runs every day until Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m., although the operating hours can vary slightly from one resort to another. Tickets are 30,000 won ($27) per person but if you buy them online you can avail of a 20 percent discount. For more information, go to www.sonohotelsresorts.com or call 1588-4888.
BY LEE SUN-MIN [firstname.lastname@example.org]