All of us love traveling: some of us prefer to stay active and break a sweat while others cannot wait to finally relax and unwind a little while enjoying all the great things in the world. There is no doubt that wines and fine dining are some of these great things and you can make your travels even better if you decide to visit some destinations that are notable for their wines. Far beyond just a delicious drink to enjoy, wines carry with themselves centuries of history and a fine craft that produces something truly remarkable that is even healthy for you.
From Europe all the way to Australia, every region is unique in its own way so you can expect to experience something different every time you head out to explore the vines. Different tastes and different landscapes await you wherever you go. Whether you are a true connoisseur or you simply enjoy drinking wine, considering visiting some of the most amazing wine regions in the world is a great idea. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you.
Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world, so true wine lovers will want to visit this gem in the South American continent at least once in their lives. If you have to choose just one wine region, though, make sure it’s Mendoza. Mendoza province and city are located on the west side of the country, and they boast a sunny climate, a laid-back vibe and beautiful sceneries. You can marvel at the Andes while sipping wine or take on an adventure involving white water rafting or even horse riding. Some of the wineries that should be on your itinerary are Bodegas López, Bodega Luigi Bosca and Bodega Navarro Correas – you will feel the history while exploring these places.
Hungary might be a small country nestled in central Europe, but it still earned its place among the top 15 wine-producing countries with its amazing wine, most of which comes from the wine region of Tokaj. If you are a fan of dry whites, this is a perfect destination for you, but whatever your preference is, don’t miss out on trying the local specialty, which is Tokaj Aszú. This is said to be the world’s oldest sweet wine, produced in a special way. Hungary is also a great destination for those who want to try a variety of unique dishes as many of the local restaurants proudly boast their heritage through their offers. The serene landscapes and relaxing atmosphere are really just a bonus.
A lot of people but wine lovers especially dream of visiting Italy and marveling at the wonderful views while sipping some of the local bests. Italy has always been one of the top wine producers in the world, currently being in the first place according to wine production and the second place according to their exports of this fine beverage. It’s no wonder, thus, that it’s also a top destination for those who want to savor the tastes of this remarkable Mediterranean paradise. You can expect charming villages and a fairytale-like setting if you decide to go to Tuscany. Tuscan wines such as the famous Sassicaia made from Cabernet Sauvignon are sought-after all over the world, but if you go to Tuscany, you’ll be able to try them and see the process of their production first-hand.
Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Australia has its fair share of wineries: with over 60 wine regions, this country has deservedly earned the title of being one of the top destinations for wine tourism. And while you are certainly going to have a hard time choosing from the many regions, if you decide to make it Hunter Valley, you won’t be disappointed. For some people, nothing can compare to the unadulterated relaxation that comes with a luxury wine tour, and wine tours in Hunter Valley offer you the best of the best. Whether you go for a group or a private tour, you are bound to be swept off your feet by the charming cellars and the amazing Semillon that you must try in Hunter Valley. What will make your stay even more enjoyable is the fact that the expansive green valleys, flowering gardens and relaxing spa visits are all at your fingertips.
A rightful contender of Italy, France is also a top wine producer and one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. But there’s so much more to this amazing country beyond Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Visit some of its wine regions instead and you will see the beautiful countryside and experience the local way of life while sipping on exquisite wines. From the many notable regions, there is no doubt that Burgundy is one of the top choices. Elegance is what France is all about and you will find that this even translates into their wines: try some Pinot Noir in Burgundy and you will taste the immense history of winemaking. Burgundy wines can be expensive though, so prepare your wallet for this adventure. The gorgeous rolling hills and the charming Renaissance buildings will make it all worth it.
For an Adriatic adventure, you can head back to Europe and visit Croatia, or more precisely, the peninsula of Istria that is a beautiful wine region possessing a unique charm with its rugged buildings and, of course, delicious wines. There are certainly plenty of wineries to choose from, but if you want something that you won’t find everywhere, maybe head to Roxanich and have a taste of some delicious orange wine – which is often referred to as the new rosé. It is actually a white variety that has an orange color, but it’s still something interesting to try. For a homely feel with greenery all around you, the Kozlovic winery dating back to 1904 is another great choice.
Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
If you want to experience a different side of Australia from the sunny NSW, you can also travel south to the Yarra Valley by Melbourne. While Sydneysiders often take their weekend trips to Hunter Valley, Melbourne’s citizens love to indulge in Yarra Valley’s fine wines. And it’s no wonder, as its Chardonnay will leave a lasting impression on your palate. While in Yarra Valley, you will have the chance to explore Melbourne a bit too, see its amazing architecture and perhaps try its carefully-brewed delicious coffees if you want to make your holiday a bit more urban. If you’d rather spend more time in nature, though, the Yarra River and the Dandenong Ranges are there to give you some spectacular views. It’s a great destination for couples and families alike, just keep in mind that the temperatures drop down quite drastically during the Australian winter.
Douro Valley, Portugal
On the southwestern corner of the European continent, there is a small country that is well worth visiting, especially for wine lovers. Portugal boasts one of the oldest wine regions in the world, where the production of this beverage dates back two thousand years. This unique place has rocky but nutrient-rich soils that, combined with the hot but dry climate, contribute to low yields that are all the more flavorful. A wine that you must try in Douro Valley is certainly the famous Port wine, a fortified sweet red that is perfect to consume with desserts. The incredible views of the steep slopes where terraces were built to grow the vines create a scenery out of a dream that you will want to marvel at for hours. Take a cruise on the Douro River and you might even see a rainbow!
Whichever of the aforementioned wine regions you choose to visit, you cannot make a bad decision. All of these notable places have a long history of producing the finest quality wines, and all the hard work and unique qualities can be tasted with a sip. All the green hills, impressive mountain ranges, seaside views, charming small towns and relaxing countryside make visiting wineries an outstanding experience. For a holiday imbued with hedonism and luxury, you don’t have to look any further.