Top Wine Destinations Around the World
Wine is one of those things that provides different experiences for different people. Many will enjoy an occasional glass of wine with dinner, but never take their interest any further. Others, though, cannot get enough (in a good way) and seek out destinations around the world so they can travel to the birthplace of their favorite wine. In some cases, experiences are forged – think swirling a glass of Cabernet in a lush French vineyard – that will never leave you.
Visiting the home of famous wines adds to the magic of drinking it – come along as we take a look at five of the top wine destinations around the world.
Take a trip to Bordeaux, the second-most visited city in France and one of the most respected wine-producing regions in the world. They produce everything from regular table wine to some of the world’s most expensive bottles. Go out of town into the surrounding countryside for the best wine tastings – try vineyards at chateaus like Medoc, St-Emilion and Graves. Their tasting rooms are fantastic and so are the grand estates. Try a Bordeaux wine tour to get a good sampling of what the region has to offer. As a bonus, you’ll find some of France’s best cuisine here as well.
Argentina has recently established itself as one of the top wine-producing regions in the world. The country is known for its exceptional Malbec, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Mendoza features many wineries offering tastings, tours and even dinners, but you must book in advance because they all require reservations. If you want try a spontaneous trip, go to Vines of Mendoza just off the main town square to get more info and try some tastings. Another good introduction is a half-day wine tasting tour of the area.
Napa and Sonoma, California
Napa Valley and Sonoma are the hottest wine spots in the United States, bringing in more than four million visitors a year. Most of the more than 450 wineries in the region hold regular tastings for a variety of wines, including Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and more. It’s also a fun area, with small, charming towns, great restaurants, outdoor activities, hotels and spas and of course, wine tours. Consider buying the Napa Valley 2-day Explorer Pass so you can taste and tour as much as you like.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Prince Edward County is one of Canada’s most exciting wine regions and a relative newcomer to the world’s winemaking stage. Its limestone-rich soil and cool climate on the north side of Lake Ontario provide a great recipe for growing Burgundy grapes such as chardonnay and pinot noir. Winemakers in the region like to experiment with other grapes as well, including syrah and riesling. They use a hibernating technique where they bury the vines to protect them from frost and then they emerge in the spring. Whatever they are doing is working – make this a definite stop on your world wine tour.
Mosel is part of Germany’s best-known wine region for a few reasons, including picture-perfect villages and beautiful hills set off by the winding Mosel River. Their rieslings are known world-wide, and they will taste that much better as you gaze at the beauty of the region. This is one of those trips that will leave you with such a strong memory that the next time you taste the wine you drank there, you will immediately be transported back to that time and place.
You can’t go wrong with any of these top wine destinations, so don’t wait – call your travel agent today!