Travel usually involves family vacations to far-flung destinations, beach getaways, road trips, camping, and now post COVID-19 virtual reality travel. But it is hard to beat the experience of a vineyard trip and tasting delicious wine.
Here is a curated list of 8 great winery destinations of the world to visit this year. It helps learn the process of winemaking and applauding the winemakers from different countries. It also celebrates the thought that good wine tastes better in the vineyard.
- Napa Valley Vineyards:
It is the best-known wine region in the US open to the public after COVID-19. Napa Valley has about 400 wineries that produce Chardonnays, Cabernets, Pinot Noir and Merlots in the fertile soils of California. Buy a Covet Pass, a wine pass that helps you enjoy complimentary wine tasting and get access to new wineries and regions in Napa Valley, Lake County, and Sonoma County.
Chateau Montelena Winery in Napa Valley has a beautiful backdrop of Gothic-style stone castle. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are momentous offerings of Chateau Winery. Check out the most regals of Chateau wine in Napa by heading to the stunning Domaine Carneros. It offers sparkling and still wines to the guests with a feel of French royalty. Local olive oils, cheeses, mustard and tomatoes are other delicious treats of Napa.
Bordeaux is a massive wine region in France with more than 7300 wineries. It is the second most visited city in France and a key destination for wine lovers and tourists. The wine town of St-Émilion greets wine drinkers with premier Château Ausone and Château Angelus. The 18th-century Château Marquis de Vauban estate offers lush vineyards, wine tasting tours, fine dining, and a horse-drawn tour of Blaye’s Citadel.
The red wines of Bordeaux are premier and set the standard for other brands. The wine-friendly soils of Bordeaux suit the bottling of dry and white wines, although red wines command an edge. Guided tastings and dining options have earned Bordeaux a place on the visitors’ itineraries. Get the best of wine deals, gift sets, coupons, and updates on in-store sales through online merchants.
The wine business in Italy is not an ordinary profession but a leading one. In wine consumption, Italy is the fifth in the world. The country has good soil conditions and heritage that makes it churn out the world’s most loved wines. Piedmont produces the best red wine brands – Barbaresco and Barolo. The nearby Po River Valley creates the ideal fog to ripen the Nebbiolo grape used in these two red wines. Barolo is the King of Wines having a rich perfume that pairs well with red meat.
Tuscany has a scenic vineyard that produces Chianti. It is the best-known wine of Italy made from Sangiovese grapes. Biscotti is the dessert wine of Tuscany that deserves mention in every Italian meal. Alternatively, you can try Stella rosa created by the riboli family. Half-sweet and half-sparkling, it also appeals to the dry wine lovers.
Nothing can challenge Napa and Sonoma, but some of the best red and white wines come from Portugal. Monta DaRavasquiera winery produces wines that have earned more than 400 awards. Adega Mayor winery offers fantastic views of home-grown olive and vineyards and that of the bordering country Spain.
The Penedès wine region in northeast Spain has been producing wine for over 1500 years. La Rioja is the best known of the Spanish wine regions. In 1991, it became a high-quality wine as it got the only Qualified Denomination of Origin. The Douro Wine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a stunning view and famous Port wine.
- New Zealand:
Marlborough is NZ’s largest wine-growing region. It accounts for 77% of the wine production of New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc is a flagship brand produced at Marlborough. Hawke’s Bay has been producing the best wines in New Zealand since 1851. Wine enthusiasts will get excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet brands and aromatic whites at Hawke’s Bay.
Central Otago, also known for the growing of cherries and apricots, is achieving the premier wine-growing region of New Zealand. Central’s proximity to mountain ranges stuns the wine tourists with a vivid landscape. Another reason for visiting Central Otago – it was the backdrop of the adaptation of Lord of the Rings film series.
- South Africa:
Spectacular wines and vineyards, South Africa, brings to the wine traveler gorgeous vineyards and impeccable quality wines. Cape Winelands and Babylonstoren provide some of the best wines in the region. Driving in the vast vineyards of Cape Winelands may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Fortunately, there is a hop-on, hop-off tour feature in Franschhoek Wine Tram that helps wine lovers know about winemaking.
Delaire Graff Estate is a year-round destination. Guests can enjoy full-bodied Sauvignon or Pinot Noir on the terrace. Spier Wine Farm is one of the oldest and family-friendly wineries in Stellenbosch.
Vienna, the Austrian capital, has a winemaking history of the 12th century. There are 630 producers of wine in Austria – most of them make Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gruner Veltliner white wines which go well with breaded-and-fried Wiener Schnitzel escalope. Heuriger wine taverns give the wine tasting customer an experience to drink delicious wine sitting on long and rustic wooden benches.
Raise a glass to Zuccardi Family Vineyards, the world’s best vineyard in South America. It is the hottest wine destination right now that looks like a spaceship. Visit Cafayate. It greets the wine lovers with Torrontés white vine made for lovers of red wine. Salta and Mendoza are Argentina’s most beloved wine regions.
The world is full of unique wine regions. More than wine, it is important to appreciate the beauty of the vineyards. A wine glass is one of the few pleasures left. Make the most of it!