Top 7 wine regions of the world
Nestled amongst the vines, in breathtaking scenery, there are some stunning and unique vineyards across the globe. The wine is something to talk about too! We wanted to take a look at the top places to taste wine... here is our top 7 for you to enjoy.
1. Tuscany, Italy
Find yourself in a Tuscan castle drinking a beautiful bottle of red. No it’s not a dream but a tour of Tuscany’s wine farms. Toscana is one of Europe’s most well known wine producers and doesn’t disappoint. You can taste local wines here that you’ll never find anywhere else. Make sure you try Tuscany’s most famous wine, the Chianti.
2. Bordeaux, France
In the old world of wine no-one beats France and Bordeaux has to be the ultimate trip for wine lovers. It has some of the best vineyards, with 284,320 acres of A.O.C (meaning 'controlled name of origin' vines in French). France is also the biggest wine producer in the world! The red wine here is incredibly good, in fact it is world renowned and tours are not expensive. You must make time to go to the beautiful medieval town of Saint Emilion with its famous vineyards and wine.
3. Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
The magnificent mountain backdrop in this picturesque French Huguenot town makes this one of the prettiest wine valleys in the world. Take the wine tram and explore the variety of vineyards in the valley. The restaurants are as good as the wine so don’t miss out! Did you also know that South Africa produces the largest volume of Brandy in the world?
4. Napa Valley, California
With a Mediterranean climate this is a wine-growers paradise, in fact, California actually produced 90% of wine coming from the USA. It has beautiful rolling hills and over 400 vineyards to choose from. Try Mumm for bubbly and Sterling for the stunning views. Visit from April to June when the weather is spectacular or in autumn when the grapes are harvested.
5. South Eastern Australia
More than a wine region this is a wine ‘super zone’ and has a perfect climate for growing the grapes. Known for its Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia has taken the world by storm with its new world wines in recent years. There are many wonderful vineyards to choose from - Australia's most famous wine is Penfolds Grange, so this winemaker is definitely worth a visit. Don’t forget the sparkling wines in Yarra valley too!
6. La Rioja, Spain
Spain is famed for its Rioja, situated in the north of the country, the Rioja region is incredibly beautiful, it also produces wine for countries across the globe. From the bustling and friendly cities of San Sebastian or Bilbao, you can visit many of the wineries in the area. Make sure you sample some of the local wines on offer!
7. Maipo Valley, Chile
Chilean wines have become increasingly popular, for both their quality and the fact they are incredibly inexpensive. The Maipo region is one of the most important wine producing areas in the country and has produced some world class wines. Often called the ‘Bordeaux of South America’ you won’t be disappointed with the wine tasting here. You just won’t want to leave. Make sure you visit The Concha y Toro facility in Puente Alto, where some of South America's best red wines are made.