As a wine fanatic, I’m always excited to try new wines and experience vineyards all over the world. If you consider yourself a wine lover and are looking to fulfill your wanderlust, try visiting the following destination known for their amazing landscapes, vineyards, and wines.
Napa Valley, CA
If you are new to the world of wine, a great place to start is in Napa Valley, CA. With over 400 wineries, each winery has its own distinct style and history. No matter what you are looking, the valley is bound to have it. If you don’t know where to start, explore the region on the Napa Valley Wine Train or take in the scenery as you cycle along on a guided winery tour. One of the best things about the wineries in the valley is that 95% of the wineries are family-owned and operated, making each winery very welcoming. The best time to go is between August and September, so start making your vacation plans!
Franschhoek, South Africa
Nestled between the mountains of South Africa you will find Franschhoek a dream destination for wine lovers. First founded by French Huguenots in the late 1600s, Franschhoek is a quaint village surrounded by vineyards. While here be sure to enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir or Semillion. A few of the best vineyards to visit include Chamonix, Allée Bleue, and Solms-Delta.
While visiting, be sure to go on a food and wine tour, you’ll learn all about grape picking, sample a few of the finest wines and even make chocolate.
Douro Valley, Portugal
The soil and climate in the Douro Valley are perfect for cultivating grapes and it has been that way for more than 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, the region has been most well known for its port wine, making it must-try for wine connoisseurs and visitors alike. The combination of a rooted history, breathtaking hillsides, and wine-producing vineyards awarded the Douro Vallery UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001.
Along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers in France, you will the Bordeaux wine region. Encompassing over 120,000 hectares, the Bordeaux region is one of the top wine producing regions in the entire world. If you are a fan of red wine, visiting Bordeaux is a must, over 85% of the wine produced in this region is red. Bordeaux is also home to one the rarest and expensive red wines, Petrus.
Nearly all of the wined created in Tuscany are created with red grape, more specifically the Sangiovese grape. Compared to other grapes, Sangiovese is the most versatile. From this grape, wines can range in flavors, from tart to sweet to vegetal tasting notes.
One of the most well-known wines to come out of Italy is Chianti. The wine is exported all over the world but wouldn’t exist without the Sangiovese grape.