There are many areas with wine tradition in the world. Wherever there is plenty of sun for the grapes to ripe, people are cultivating vineyards and are producing numerous types of wine. No matter if you like white or red wine, no matter if you like it dry or sweet, there is a huge number of wine destinations waiting for you. This is the perfect activity for a few days of relaxation with tasty food and beautiful landscape.
One of the greatest advantages of wine tourism is that you run away from cities, in nice villages where you will have much more contact with locals. You can better understand the people’s way of life and you can more easily experience their traditions. Of course you can enjoy a glass of wine at home or in a restaurant, but nothing compares to seeing the vineyards that produce a certain type of wine and understanding the process of turning grapes into the final beverage. The grapes, the land and the process are different from place to place, that’s why we have such a large assortment of wines available in every store.
There are famous wine destinations all over the world, so all you have to do is to look for some that are close to you, book the tickets and go.
- Mendoza is the most important wine region in Argentina. Two thirds of the wine produced in the country come from this 144,000 hectares area. Mendoza was originally producing mainly table wine, but this changed radically and the winemakers are focusing on quality now. The wine varieties coming from here are Malbec, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
- Barossa Valley provides about 80 wineries where you can taste the wine, out of a total of about 150 wineries operating here. Most of the wine produced is Shiraz, but Cabernet Sauvignon or Riesling can also be found.
- Hunter Valley claims to be the birthplace of Australian wine. About 2% of the country’s wine is produced here, the region being well known for its dry white wines. Shiraz, Chardonnay and Verdelho are the main wine types made here. Many wineries offer tours with tasting.
- Margaret River is one of the largest wine regions in Australia. despite its large size, it produces only 3% of the nation’s wine. The key is that they focus on quality, with 20% of the premium wine being produced in this area. It contains about 90 vineyards open to the public for tasting. You will find here mainly Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Swan Valley is located in Western Australia, close to Perth. The wines produced here are mainly Verdelho, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. About 40 wineries are located here, many of them waiting for tourists interested in wine tasting.
- Alsace has a wine route that goes through more than 100 villages, with many wineries and cellars on the way. The categories of wines produced here are Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.
- Bordeaux is the largest wine producing region in France and also one of the most well known worldwide. The main wine varieties that come from Bordeaux are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is mainly a red wine region, but some white wines come also from here. It is a definite must see for a wine lover.
- Burgundy is another famous wine region in France. Vineyards have been cultivated here for millennia, resulting today in more than 100 wineries. If you have the time and want to get educated in the wine business, you can also attend cooking or oenology lessons.
- Champagne is the place that needs no introduction. This is the region where the famous sparkling wine was born and only wine coming from here is allowed to bear the name. Champagne is made out of Chardonnay, but it is often blended with other wine varieties for a distinctive taste. The pure Chardonnay Champagne is also called Blanc de Blancs.
- Piedmont is a wine region famous in the whole world. Barolo and Barbaresco are the most well known wines coming from here. Combined with a beautiful landscape, this is a place where you will be able to experience the calm and joyous Italian lifestyle.
- Tuscany is the most famous wine making region in Italy. The well known Chianti wine for example comes from Tuscany. Wine tradition goes back a few millennia, so these people had plenty of time to come to the perfect recipe. Mostly red wine is produced in Tuscany.
- Douro Valley is the most important wine producing region in Portugal, home of the famous Port wine. Most wines bottled here are red, but many good white wines also come from here.
- Constantia is the biggest and most famous wine area in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc is the most prominent variety produced here.
- Stellenbosch is the second wine region in South Africa by size and importance. It is very accessible, since it is located near Cape Town. The wine varieties produced here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, but also Chardonnay.
- Rioja is the most famous region dedicated to wine in Spain, with more than 50,000 hectares of vineyards. Wine tours include also tasty Spanish food, so you will definitely enjoy them.
- Napa Valley is the most important wine producing region in the USA. It is not very big, but the wines produced here are of very good quality. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most important varieties.
- Sonoma is a wide area with vineyards, producing a lot of varieties. It is also believed to be the place where the wine industry was born in California.