For wine aficionados, a wine holiday is quite the dream vacation. Sure, traveling is always fun and exciting, but it’s even more fun if it involves a wine-tasting spree in different places around the world. If you’ve been saving up for a trip that’ll take you to all the best wine destinations, you definitely want it to be perfect. A rare opportunity like this doesn’t always come easy, and when it’s here, there’s no stopping you from making it a trip to remember for the rest of your life.
Wine Touring 101: Where To Go?
Knowing where to go is important so you can plan the best itinerary for your tour. It’s understandable that you’re more than eager to visit all the nice places where you could learn more about wine, along with its history and the regions’ cultures. However, smart planning can go a long way in making sure that you get the best adventure while not missing out on any of the top destinations where your favorite drink is made.
Whether it’s a wine festival, a comprehensive wine tour, or just a vacation filled with bottomless wine that you want to experience, it’s better to prepare a bucket list of the places you want to visit. Below, check out some of the top wine destinations around the world that you could include in your list as you prepare for your wine holiday.
Napa Valley, USA
It’s hard to miss the state of California when making out a list of must-visit wine regions in the world. With its endless green hills and vineyards, Napa Valley is recognized as the most celebrated wine region in America.
The region’s long line of history in winemaking dates back to as early as the 1800s, although it was only in 1976, during a landmark blind tasting competition, that Napa Valley was able to cement its name on the world wine map. It was in the 1990s that Napa went on to become a tourism and luxury wine destination, which it’s still widely known for today.
Bordeaux is another leading destination that you can’t miss when visiting wine regions. With its world-renowned 1855 classification, this port city in Southwestern France isn’t only the largest but also one of the most famous wine regions in the world.
One thing to note when visiting Bordeaux and its famous plethora of vineyards is that you won’t actually find the word ‘vineyard’ in the name of a winery. Wine estates in this region go by the term ‘chateau.’ Among the top chateaux to include in your wine rendezvous are:
- Chateau Pape-Clement
- Chateau Mouton Rothschild
- Chateau D’Agassac
- Chateau de Sales
- Chateau Saint-Barbe
Different wine tours are offered in Bordeaux, with some being fancier than the others. If you’re up for it, try one that offers wine and caviar pairing, which may be more expensive, but totally worth it for a wine connoisseur who also happens to love other fancy things in life.
Cariñena Region, Spain
Another country that is famous for wine is Spain. Somewhere between Barcelona and Madrid, you’ll find the Ebro Valley of Aragon, home of a Spanish region called Cariñena. The wine route features colorful views of beautiful plains, the Huerva River, and the glowing mountain range landscapes of Sierra de Algairen.
The best time to travel to this wine destination is around early September, which is also the start of their grape harvesting season. Be sure to experience their barefoot grape smashing event, and, oh, they even have a wine-spouting fountain, which is practically a fountain to die for if you ask any wine lovers out there.
Adelaide Hills, Australia
Home to more than 60 wineries to date, Adelaide Hills in South Australia is also recognized as the wine capital of the country. If you’re looking for a specific part in Adelaide to visit, among the top choices would be the Penfolds Magill Estate, where you’ll find the most prized wine of Australia, the Penfolds Grange.
Then, there’s also the Lane Vineyard, where you’ll be greeted with a state-of-the-art cellar door, restaurant, and winery. Be sure not to miss The Lane’s 360-degree hilltop experience, where you’ll be swept away by views of the lush green Adelaide Hills. Follow it up with a curated tasting of chef-prepared goodies and their seven premium wines as you embark on a journey through the vineyard’s history.
It can be quite difficult to narrow down all the top wine destinations in the world, especially that it would also depend on the type of wine that you prefer to get to know. This list, however, should at least give you an idea of where you can start your tour.
Wherever you decide to start and end your wine holiday, don’t forget to savor each glass, enjoy the aroma, and make the best out of each vineyard visit.