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The wine has always had a magic transporting experience. Tasting particular wine brings back the memories and makes you want to come back for more. Its appeal lies in the incredible and sophisticated aroma. And there is an impressive array of wines widely available which gives you a lot of flavor variety form just a few simple ingredients.
That is why more and more wine-lovers are in search of the most exciting wine destinations. Where they can enjoy the beauty of stunningly beautiful landscape while sipping a glass of local wine. While there is an increasing number of wine destinations sprouting up every year, some places will always stand out for their enchanting beauty and amazing wines they have to offer.
Here are ten top tips that will inspire you to spend your next holiday in some of the world’s best wine destinations.
Travel tips for wine lovers
Burgundy is one of the most enchanting France’s winemaking regions that every true wine-lover should have on his list of priorities. There is a wide range of mesmerizing sites such as the area of Romanesque churches and rolling green hills. If you want to feel the atmosphere of the area you can take a day trip from one of the most astonishing medieval cities Dijon. Keep in mind that you cannot enter most of the Burgundy vineyards without reservation.
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a perfect holiday escape with a lot of cozy inns and plenty of historical sites. If you enjoy outdoor activities and breathtaking mountain views, this is the perfect place for you. Start your wine tasting adventure and taste some of the most beautiful European Australian and South American wines in a plethora of wineries in Shenandoah Valley.
3. Douro Valley
Portugal’s northern region is a worldwide famous for its beautiful scenery and fantastic wines. It’s also known for being one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world – Romans were among the first people who introduced wines back in the third century. After experiencing a walk down the steep climb to Quinta do Crasto, you should stop at Sandeman winery and taste many lesser-known tale wines made from unusual sort of grapes.
4. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley, a part of San Francisco Bay Area, is a heaven on earth with more than 400 wineries. You should start with Napa’s oldest wine caves at Schramsberg Vineyards which is well-known for its sparkling wine. You can even take some wine classes or even create your own blend at many wineries such as Conn Creek. There are many wine festivals that take place around the year like Flavour!Napa Valley – a food and wine pairing festival.
5. Germany, Rheingau
High up in the Germany’s Rheingau region, you can enjoy the fantastic view of Rhine Valley while sipping Kabinett, Erste Lage and other wines which are produced in Schwarzenstein vineyard.You can also stroll along the river Rhine and the vineyards of Rhine Valley and taste delicious food in Burg Schwarzenstein’s gourmet restaurant. Finally, don’t forget to visit Vollrads Castle where you can learn to recognize different types of Riesling and sample a delicious punch called “kalte Ente”.
Slovenia is undoubtedly one of the best wine-producing countries in the world. Despite having three main wine-producing regions Drava, Lower Sava and Littoral, it still isn’t one of the leaders in the global wine industry. Beside delicious wine, it offers incredible home-cooked food and breathtaking natural sites such as Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. It’s a perfect gateway from the urban life and a perfect holiday destination for anybody who wants to unwind and enjoy the fresh air.
7. Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a northeastern region full of hills, valleys and old churches filled with frescos and fantastic Italian cuisine. The wineries are scattered among charming villages and each of them has their own highly touted restaurant. La Frasca, one of the most visited restaurants, serves simple but mouth-watering salumi and other tasty local specialties. Unlike in the rest of the regions of France like Tuscany, Sicily, and Piedmont, the best wines in Friuli are white.
Recently, Argentina has been gaining popularity as one of the most attractive wine-producing regions and has established itself at the top of this industry. It is known for its exceptional Malbec. There is a wide array of wineries in Mendoza that offer dinners and tours such as a half-day wine tasting tour in Mendoza. Keep in mind that you must book in advance as most wineries require reservations.
9. Barcelona, Spain
Cosmopolitan Barcelona is famous for its gastronomic discoveries and Catalan cuisine that attract visitors from all corners of the world. However, what distinguishes it from the rest wine-producing regions is that produce dry white wines, meaty and ruby reds and sparkling Cava. There are nine different regions in Catalonia. And you can go on an organized sightseeing tour where you will be able to discover some of the world’s top wineries.
10. Central Otago, New Zealand
Anybody who has seen Lord of the Rings knows how majestic the landscape of New Zealand is. Green valleys, tranquil rivers, and overall cinematic scenery will take your breath away. It is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world. That produces pinot noirs and aromatic white wines such as Riesling and Pinot Gris. Rippon Vineyard is the oldest winery in the region and it offers a wonderful view of the lake Wanaka
Here you have it, Amy’s top 10 travel tips for wine lovers, worldwide. I’m so glad you choose to participate IEB with this gorgeous post. Thank you so much x
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