The World’s Most Renowned Wine Destinations
Wine tasting holidays have become popular around the globe and with so many exquisite options, who can resist? Not only do you get to sample the finest drops with scenic vineyard views and cellar tours, you can also spend your days exploring some of the most picturesque regions in the world. To give you inspiration, here are some of the world’s most renowned wine destinations:
Tuscany is the first name on everyone’s lips when it comes to wine regions. Located along the coast in central Italy, near Florence, the area is renowned for red wines such as Chianti and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano. Wine tours take you on an adventure through rolling hills, olive groves, historical monuments and charming villas where you’ll be greeted by warm locals and fed fresh, seasonal produce.
Loire Valley, France
The heart of France is famous for its production of white wine from Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, as well as rosé and dessert wines. With several distinct wine regions, including Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine and Centre-Loire, you could spend several weeks soaking up the natural beauty and rich history of the area. Be sure to try the Loire Valley’s most notable wines, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
Napa Valley, USA
Napa Valley boasts hundreds of wineries, proudly built on the reputation of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. With more world-acclaimed winemakers than any other single area in North America, Napa Valley offers connoisseurs a host of tasting options in surroundings made for pleasure seekers. Nature trails, arts, spas and wellness centres and nightlife venues add to the overall experience of its famous wine culture.
Marlborough, New Zealand
The Marlborough region is located in the northeast of the South Island of New Zealand. As the country’s top wine producer, most notably for Sauvignon Blanc, it has over 20 thousand hectares of grapes and also makes Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Winery tours offer talks with the winemakers and treks through vineyards surrounded by astounding natural beauty.
Barossa Valley, Australia
Since 1842, wine has been an integral part of life in the Barossa Valley, in South Australia. With over 750 grape growing families and 170 wine companies, the area produces Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Semillon and Viognier. Take a trip to Mengler Hill to view hectares of vineyards from above or time your trip to coincide with the Barossa Valley Vintage Festival in April to gorge on food, wine and local culture.
Constantia Valley, South Africa
As one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town, Constantia Valley stretches from the Wynberg hill in the north to the Silvermine Mountains in Cape Town. Each of the nine wine farms have their own distinctive heritage and premium wines that were sought after by royal courts and the aristocracy of Europe. Vineyard rows stretch magnificently up the mountainside, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Voignier and their famous Bordeaux.
Douro River Valley, Spain
Spain is the third largest wine producing country in the world and along the Douro River from Spain to Portugal, the surrounding areas are known for grapes and the famous Vega Sicilia winery. Precipitous vineyards add to the spectacular scenery, mixed with olive groves and patchwork valleys. A must to try is the region’s rich and powerful Port wines.
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