Every area of the world serves wine, but there are some places that are known for their wine. If you are a wine lover, then these are the destinations you should have on your travel list. Perhaps not all of them are in reach, but, hopefully, we can provide some inspiration to help you pick out your next travel destination.
Napa Valley, California
This area has all the hallmarks of a good travel destination–guided tours, great places to eat (including Michelin star restaurants), and lovely accommodations. It is made for visitors and it caters in particular to wine lovers.
There are wine tasting tours and historic wineries to visit. There are tons to see and experience in the Napa Valley, including a traveling restaurant on a locomotive. If you travel in almost any direction from the valley, you’ll be greeted by fine dining, lovely hotels, and even more wineries.
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
A little south of the US border sits the internationally renowned Valle de Guadalupe. It boasts over a hundred different wineries and a couple of signature varieties of wine you cannot find anywhere else.
The easiest way to get there from anywhere in the world is to fly into San Diego and travel by car, a short distance of 90 miles. But the best cruises from California can take you within driving distance.
The warm climate here is perfect for growing grapes similar to what is grown in southern Europe. The fine dining in this region is also noteworthy, with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh produce, meats, and dairy.
Come for the beautiful island views and stay for the exquisite wine tasting. This is an area that is starting to get recognised around the world for its fine wines. One of the most northern of the Canary Islands, Tenerife stays cool and humid, making it ideal for vineyards. A number of indigenous wines are produced on the northern end of the island, near the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. There is an ancient red variety of wine produced in Listen Prieto here that is making the rounds across the world and garnering exceptional praise.
Uco Valley, Argentina
You can take in some truly amazing sights on the high ridges surrounding the Uco Valley. A lot of the wine that is produced in this area is made in such small quantities that it is never exported, so the only place in the world to experience some of these lovely wines is right in Uco Valley.
As more attention is being drawn to this overlooked area, hotels are springing up in close proximity to the wineries, making this a great place to spend a weekend.
We would be remiss to leave off Tuscany, certainly one of the most well-known and highly regarded wine-producing areas of the world. With its incredible landscapes and romantic atmosphere, the quiet Italian countryside is heavenly. Tuscany is known in particular for its chianti, and some of the finest wines are made right there, surrounded by serene natural beauty. Why not take a sightseeing tour and take in the rolling hills or stay at one of the agriculturismo farm-style accommodations?
With all the wining, there is of course plenty of dining to enjoy, and Tuscany is renowned for its classy, high-end restaurants. You should expect high-end prices as well, but if you know your way around, you can find ways to save some money and still take in the authentic Tuscany experience. You may even want to try going during the rainy season during the winter to have the area to yourself and avoid the swaths of tourists that usually fill the region.
Last on our list but definitely not the least is Bordeaux. It’s known of course for its Bordeaux wines. Did you know that more than 85% of all the wines produced in Bordeaux are red? This is because the town is famous for them. The merlot and the cabernet sauvignon are perhaps the city’s best-known wines and should definitely be on your must-try list while you are there.
You may want to visit one of the Michelin star restaurants when you drop-in, including Gordon Ramsey’s own Le Pressoir d’Argent. This city is filled with streets that are pedestrian-friendly, where not a car is in sight anywhere around. That’s why there is so much outdoor dining when the weather is nice, and you should try to experience some of that by coming during the more temperate times of the year.