Wonderful wine regions
Weekend getaways are ideal to take a break from the hectic routine of everyday life but where should you go? The wine tourism industry has flourished in the recent years so a wine tasting break may seem crazy but it can be a beautiful way to spend a long summer weekend. This is our top pick of charming destinations to experience from across the globe.
At the end of the summer is a great time to be in the French city of Bordeaux. There are many decent galleries and museums but the real appeal of the area is the wine. Bordeaux is a renowned wine producing region of the world.
You will need to head out of the city to experience some wine trips and if you only have a short break to visit a single wine town, consider the area on St Emilion. It is situated just 40 minutes west of Bordeaux, where you will have many decent wines to sample. Other fine chateaus are Mѐdoc, Arcachon, and Graves.
Finger Lakes, New York
Finger Lakes is the most acclaimed wine making region in the Eastern region of the United States. Charming villages, gorgeous waterfalls, magnificent parks and sprawling lakes make this region an amazing getaway destination. The area is home to more than 100 wineries serving some of the best vintages in a friendly atmosphere. Two of the most popular wine routes that you can check are Seneca Wine Trail and Cayuga Wine Trail.
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Okanagan Valley, situated in the interiors of British Columbia, is a popular vacation destination in Canada. It is noteworthy for water sports in summer and skiing in the winter. The lush vineyards surrounded by rolling hills, blue lakes and rivers increase the appeal of the region. This is one of the rare locations on earth offering such remarkable diversity and because of different types of climates and soils, 60 different types of grapes grow here.
Ask any sommelier or a wine lover which is the best wine producing region in Italy and Tuscany will certainly be on the top of their list. Tuscany’s wine making powerhouse, the Chianti region, is located between Siena and Florence. An old world culture and charm reverberates throughout the region. The traditional method of wine-making is still in use here. The employees crush grapes with their feet and the wines are preserved in basement cellars carved out from the rocks.
Read about the top wine regions in the world here, where Tuscany won in our Top 7 Competition.
Napa Valley, California
The Napa Valley in California is a gold mine for wine and has made it a premier destination for oenophiles. The place has a bounty of family owned boutique wineries so it becomes difficult to decide which ones to visit during the tour and the ones to leave behind. Whichever you pick, there will be an enormous opportunity to taste the best wines of the world. Apart from that, the scenic beauty of the region is mesmerising.
Cape Town, South Africa
World class wines are everywhere in the Western Cape of South Africa. Within a day’s drive there are almost 3,200 wineries to choose from so anyone travelling to Cape Town should include the Cape Winelands on their itineraries. Even if you are not a wine lover, the region has some enchanting scenery to drink in, with beautiful mountains and sprawling vistas.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre is Franschhoek, a magical wine valley, with Stellenbosch and Constantia other top tasting spots that are even closer. Most of the wineries offer the guests cellar tours, sales, and tasting, with some world class restaurants also located here.