Pack your bags and prepare your senses – you are going on a wine vacation! Before it reaches your glass, the world’s best wine starts its life in gorgeous vineyards across the globe. It is only right that you go directly to the source as you explore vineyards, pair your wines with delicious foods, and enjoy the scenery that accompanies. To get you started, here are 10 of some of the worlds best wine destinations to appease your inner sommelier and connoisseur.
10. Napa Valley, USA
Welcome to US wine country. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley has produced some of the best wines in the USA and world over. Over 50 types of grapes are grown in this scenic sanctuary, so there are plenty of unique blends to explore. You can make it a day trip or a full Napa vacation, visiting the various wine estates, some of which even offer accommodation and various activities centered around wine and food.
9. Adelaide, Australia
Australia’s wine capital and the home of some of the best shiraz the world has to offer, Adelaide is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts who are visiting down under. Between Barossa and McLaren Vale, you are able to explore the Shiraz variations in the region. Whilst you are are in the area, you can indulge in some of the unique wine-related activities such as wine tasting on a hot air balloon. You can also take the time to tour some of the local restaurants that offer wine pairing and sampling selections.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Chardonnay with a view. That is exactly what you can expect when you visit the Constantia Valley, just half an hour out of Cape Town. You will be greeted by the stunning Table Mountains, as you explore the various world-renowned estates across the valley. Most of these estates also have award-winning chefs that prepare both local and international cuisine that pairs well with the wine on offer. Whilst you are in Cape Town, you can also take advantage of the plethora of activities available on offer.
7. La Rioja, Spain
With over 500 wineries and centuries of grape-growing history, La Rioja is your Spanish wine destination. Here you will find winemakers using traditional, high-quality winemaking techniques that make every glass an experience. You will also find wineries using new technologies and exploring with different blends to bring variation in every bottle. For the full experience, be sure to book a night at the renowned wine hotel; Marqués de Riscal. Here you will be treated to some of the best reds, and delicious foods to create a wholesome wine experience.
6. Sonoma, USA
Located right next to Napa Valley, Sonoma is often overlooked among wine destinations in the world. Do not be fooled, this area is rich in high-quality wineries and lush landscapes that will surely take your breath away. You are also invited to enjoy the top-tier cuisine served in California’s best restaurants. You will find that there are also plenty of lodging options in the Sonoma region allowing you to spend time enjoying all Sonoma has to offer.
5. Loire Valley, France
This is the perfect destination for romance, peace, and variety. Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque regions of France that boasts luxury hotels, with peaceful surroundings that make for the most relaxing getaway. In the valley, you are going to be treated to a variety of wines, from smoky cabernets to sweet blends; paired with food prepared by world-class chefs. You will not be disappointed by this magical wine getaway.
4. Bordeaux, France
Known for its scrumptious reds, Bordeaux is a bucket list destination for wine lovers world over. 80% of the wine produced in the area is red, and red blends that are simply a magical dance on the taste buds. The city is riddled with Michelin star restaurants that offer local wines on the menu – be sure to visit at least one on your wine getaway. There are also plenty of activities to partake in the region for when you need to take a break from the delicious wine.
3. Central Otago, New Zealand
If this location sounds familiar, you have probably glimpsed the landscape in Lord of the Rings. There is more to the green valleys and snow-capped peaks – the region boasts a booming wine industry. Central Otago offers a plethora of sweet and aromatic wines that are simply to die for. You can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, sipping on some of the worlds finest liquids.
2. Santorini, Greece
Wine, good views, and the freshest foods- what more do you need in this world? For those who are looking for the ultimate summer wine holiday, Santorini is the destination that is calling your name. Here you can enjoy popular Mediterranean wines that are made from unique tasting grapes that you will not find elsewhere. The wines are paired with an abundance of freshly delicious Greek cuisine, making for a heavenly experience. There is also plenty to see and do in Santorini, including touring wineries, lounging by the water, or exploring the exquisite architecture in the city. This is a wine holiday that your whole family can enjoy.
1. Porto, Portugal
If the name doesn’t give it away, Porto is the home of…..you guessed it, Port Wine. For the lovers of sweet wine, Porto is the ultimate wine destination for you. Here you will enjoy various port blends, as well as their renowned Vinho. Wine tasting is accompanied well paired local cuisine and an abundance of culture. You can also make a stop at the Port Wine Museum where you can learn anything and everything there is to learn about your favorite wine.