There are few better reasons to travel than to taste wine the world over… or at least that’s what we like to think. As producers continue to be able to create wine in all sorts of places, it’s easier than ever to find a vineyard near you. That said, the old favorites are always the best. These top destinations for wine lovers are some of the best places across the globe to try this tipple.
Few other destinations for wine are as iconic as Tuscany. Hop on a flight to Italy and travel to the rolling, vineyard-strewn hills of Tuscany to experience one of the most abundant wine sources in the world, all kissed by sunshine for large parts of the year. The wineries here (and people that work at them) are bafflingly passionate about their produce, meaning this is a great stop-off for the first-timer; there are few better places to become initiated.
2. New Zealand
Vineyards are scattered across New Zealand, on both its south and north islands. All of them are located close to the ocean so the grapes can benefit from plenty of sunshine but cool breezes – the perfect climate for cultivating this country’s distinctive wine. If in doubt on which one to choose, head to Marlborough – this region’s Sauvignon Blanc is hailed by many the world over as one of the very finest.
3. South Africa
South Africa is quickly rising in the ranks as one of the best destinations for wine lovers, in particular across its Western Cape. Places like Stellenbosch are unmissable for people in the region on the hunt for a good drink. This city is a stone’s throw from Cape Town and surrounded by vineyards; you’ll hardly believe you’re in South Africa when strolling down its tree-lined avenues. Look out for Pinotage, one of South Africa’s signature vinos.
4. South Australia
Entire trips to South Australia are planned around visits to its many vineyards. If you’re just stopping by the city of Adelaide, don’t miss out on visiting the National Wine Centre, where you can have a few samples and learn all about wine production across the state. Then hire a car and road trip your way through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley and more to pay a visit to countless cellar doors and try the fruits of their labour. World-famous Jacob’s Creek has a vineyard here – a must-visit.
5. Mendoza, Argentina
The city of Mendoza is a great place to base yourself if you want to discover the delicious wine produced in the surrounding regions. Many head out on a day trip from here and cycle between the vineyards nearby, tasting drops of Malbec, one of the areas’ most famous wines. The country’s balmy weather make this a dreamy, blissful spot to relax in for a while – and affordable, too.
From the deep reds of Bordeaux to the bubbles of Champagne, France is a playground for anyone into their wine. One of the best ways to experience the country’s rich wine heritage is to road trip around, so grab your flight to France, hire a car, and hit the open road. The Loire Valley is a must-visit for anyone passionate about white wine, and Pinot Noir drinkers should sample some of the top grape varieties in Burgundy. There is almost no end to wine travel in France…
The sunny spells California experiences all year round, coupled with the cooling breeze that comes from it hundreds of miles of coastline make it a prolific place to grow grapes. Wine has been produced here for hundreds of years, making it one of the best places to discover wine in the USA, and learn more about the exact science behind it. All sorts of varieties are created here, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Cheers to that!
What other destinations for wine lovers would you suggest?