No matter if you simply like to indulge in a glass of white wine after a long and tedious day, or if you are a passionate wine lover, taking a vacation in order to explore world’s renowned wine regions can be a spellbinding adventure of a lifetime. Don’t be fooled, there is definitely more to explore and see then only sipping wine and watching the sunset (even if that might be enough). Roaming around the marvelous wine regions will leave every keen wine lover and a novice totally captivated.
There are numerous vineyards with different sorts of wine, so even if you are not so fond of this alcohol beverage you will surely find some flavor that will enliven your senses. Explore the local scenery, picturesque vineyards, lush environment and of course drink sweet and savory wine is some of these regions.
Without a doubt, your first stop simple has to be at the world’s most famous wine region, the Bordeaux. Basically, the world’s top wine regions are situated in France, Spain, and Italy, but none are as scenic and dazzling as the Bordeaux region in France. Around the whole region, you will have the unique opportunity to see 18th-century landmarks and breathtaking castles and estate. Here is where the whole wine history commenced. When it comes to wine, Bordeaux is known for its deep-colored and fruity red wines. In Saint Emilion, you will find one of the oldest rustic winery Les Cordeliers that has been producing sparkling Cremant de Bordeaux in its ancient cellars for centuries. Let’s not forget about the historic Chateau Coutet and Chateau Troplong Mondot. Besides strolling around this historic town, you can go wine tasting at the Maison du Vin and learn how to taste (and drink) wine like a professional. A visit to Bordeaux is like a spa therapy that helps reduce stress and ease tension.
Franschhoek, South Africa
Situated between the strenuous mountains just a short drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek is a must-see destination for wine connoisseurs. There isn’t a single passionate wine lover on the world who doesn’t dream of tasting the spectacular red and white wines from these vineyards. Pinotage, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc are complemented to perfection with stunning boutique retreats and restaurants. This small village was founded by French Huguenots in 1688 and since then it has had mystic vineyards spreading along this charming village. Don’t miss out on the notable vineyards such as Chamonix, Allee Bleue, and La Motte. Amongst Wine Tasting tours, you can go on a chocolate making and olive tasting tour. For a complete South African experience and a truly memorable stay, you can book your stay at La Residence Resort in the nearby Stellenbosch.
Douro Valley, Portugal
This one-of-a-kind valley is proudly part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2001, and it is not only due to its magnificent wine but also for the wellness retreats and sustainable tourism. Many tourists first come to this renowned region for the exquisite world-famous Port wine, but later they get even more stunned by the Vinho Verde white wine after tasting it. The 18th and 19th century Quintas (wine estates) and picture-perfect stone-terraced vineyards rise above the Douro river, making every tourist aware of the reason behind the majestic wine. Of course, climate and soil are responsible for the great taste of Portuguese wines, but Douro Valley undoubtedly has to thank Romans for their part in bringing wine to their region as well. Go on a boat ride along the Douro river, go for a guided tour of the stunning vineyards, and visit the historic wineries like Quinta das Carvalhas, Quinta da Pacheca, and Quinta de La Rosa.
Hunter Valley, Australia
If you are looking for a holiday where you will have the opportunity to taste ethereal wine, see luscious vineyards, unwind from the daily commotions, and have a blast, then Hunter Valley in New South Wales Australia is the place to go to. Hunter wine region plays a pivotal role in the history of Australian wine because one of the first wine trees were planted here back in the 19th century. The popularity skyrocketed even more due to the close proximity to Sydney, and the arrival of more tourists made Hunter Valley a more exquisite and tranquil place. If you were to hop on some of the Hunter Valley wine tours you will be able to visit the organic distillery in Pokolbin where organic vodka, schnapps, and other quality spirits are produced. Plus, you will have a fun day out by going on a sparkling wine and chocolate tasting. Perfect and comfortable accommodation besides delicious wine awaits you in this truly remarkable Australian region.
Curico Valley, Chile
If you are fond of warm weather, constant sunshine, riveting culture, mouth-watering food, and savory wine, then Chile will certainly grant all your wishes. The famous Curico Valley wine region is spread through the center of this narrow country, meaning that the location is perfectly sheltered for giving splendid wine. Not only is the position of this South American country favorable for rich wine, but Chile can brag for having very fertile soil and perfect conditions for creating numerous kinds of vintages. Your first visit must be at Vina Echeverria near San Fernando. That is family-run vineyard which has been growing grapes since the 1750s. Even though the Echeverria family runs the vineyard since the 1930s, the Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are absolutely ravishing. If you have extra time left, you can head out to Chile’s fastest-growing new region as well, the Casablanca Valley. Due to a large number of contemporary wine cellars and with the highest wine-making technology, Casablanca Valley will surely reach the top-notch quality as the famous Curico Valley.
What many people didn’t know is that Italy is one of the biggest wine producers in the world. Thanks to meticulously suitable climate and ideal soil, the northwestern corner of Italy can boast about having the highest quality wine there is. Piedmont region is mostly renowned for the fabulous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. As a tourist who is already captivated by Italian culture, language, food, history and charm, the rugged countryside with make your jaws drop even more. Besides having the chance to taste two of the world’s finest red wines, keen wine enthusiast must visit the award-winning Barbaresco and intense Nebbiolo vintages at Cantina Mascerallo Bartolo, Paolo Manzone, and Cantina del Glicine. If you were to travel by car on holiday with the entire family then you must stop at Isolobella Della Croce and sample delicious cheeses and cold cuts and enjoy in a picturesque surrounding.
Franschhoek, South Africa
Situated between the strenuous mountains just a short drive from the Cape Town, Franschhoek is a must-see destination for wine connoisseurs. There isn’t a single passionate wine lover on the world who doesn’t dream of tasting the spectacular red and white wines from these vineyards. Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc are complemented to perfection with stunning boutique retreats and restaurants. This small village was founded by French Huguenots in 1688 and since then it has mystic vineyard spreading along this charming village. Don’t miss out the notable vineyards such as Chamonix, Allee Bleue, and La Motte. Amongst wine tasting tours, you can go on a chocolate making and olive tasting tour. For a complete South African experience and truly memorable stay, you can book your stay at La Residence resort in the nearby Stellenbosch.
Even if many wine enthusiasts don’t believe that Spanish wine culture can top up its Mediterranean rival, in the last few decades Catalonian wine is slowly beating its leading contenders. It might be due to large investments or the indigenous grape varieties, nevertheless, Catalonia has been producing delicious vintage wines for centuries. Countless vineyards are focusing both on the red and wine wines, but the special Spanish version of Champagne, the Cava wine is amongst one of the favorites. You can rent a car and explore all 10 exceptional wine regions. Start out with the Caves Codorniu winery which dates back to the 16th century. A little souther, a couple of hours of Barcelona, you will encounter the La Rioja wine region with its amazingly steep terraces on the mountainsides. Try the best full-bodied red wine and roam around the mesmerizing Spanish streets, sunbath under the enjoyable sunshine and try delicious homemade foods. La Rioja is every wine lover’s paradise. If you make time to visit this region after you have tried out everything in Catalonia, be sure that you will be wanting to return for more. In La Rioja, you can sip exquisite wines at traditional vineyards like Bodegas Muga and Bodegas Lopez de Heredia. Spain will surely leave every wine gastronomad speechless and yearning for more.
This list comprises only a scratch of the world’s finest wine regions. Throughout the whole planet, there are more and more small and sophisticated wineries being born on a daily basis. If you were to have all the time in the world, hardly would you be able to see it all, so make sure you visit these top regions.