The French were definitely on to something when they declared their unconditional love for wine. It is an incredible drink that makes food taste better and goes hand-in-hand with almost any occasion. The world is laden with places that conjure some downright amazing wine. If ever you decide to undertake a wine tasting holiday, be sure to stop by at the following places for wine that can be likened to nectar from the Gods.
Napa Valley, California, U.S.
The good old U.S. is known for producing some incredible wines. Napa is considered to be the most renowned wine region in all of America – with good reason. With around 400 wineries, it is easy to understand why it is a wine hub. Their Cabs and Chardonnay is magnificent and a firm favourite. In addition if you are looking for some self-pampering, there are some very sophisticated spas. Make the trip and you will probably leave thinking, “I wish they all could be California wiiiiiiiiines.”
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Some of the world’s best wine is produced in our very own back yard (yes, we live in an awesome country). Stellenbosch is a thriving wine district that has a rich wine history which dates all the way back to 1679. Traditionally this charming town is known for producing fine white wines. However wine makers have also begun producing supreme red wines. It is said that Cabernet sauvignon is the most popular red wine grape planted in Stellenbosch. Pleasingly, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil and views are breath taking.
The hot chicks are not the only reason to visit Spain. Their wine is top notch and comes highly recommended. Apart from being a charismatic city, you will encounter reasonable wine prices, amazing food and most importantly wine that is out of the world. Their wine bars are very inviting and always have a good vibe. Arrange for a wine tour and indulge in the awesomeness.
Yarra Valley, Australia
Don’t be surprised that Australia made this list after all there is a lot more to Down Under than just sheep and cricket. Yarra Valley, which is an hour outside of Melbourne, has managed to establish itself as a thriving winemaking industry. The area is decked out with villages and wineries galore. You are bound to find something that tickles your fancy in the numerous and plentiful wine tasting rooms. The region is known for its excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. There are some spectacular wine tours available and if you fancy yourself somewhat of a Willy Fog, you can opt to float over Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Colchagua Valley, Chile has captured the world’s attention for their stellar wine making efforts. It sits at about 180km outside of Santiago. Its wines often make the lists of the world’s finest wines. Its standout wines include Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. The name Colchagua Valley is associated with several prestigious wine brands.
This list would be incomplete if a spot was not saved for France. Bourdeaux is a delightful port city on the Garrone River that has a long history in wine that dates all the way back to the first century A.D. It is common knowledge that some of the world’s best are made there. Most notably, the area is renowned for its exceptional vintages. In addition, the most ardent wine connoisseur can plan a lengthy wine themed itinerary. There are several wine museums to visit such as Vinorama and Chartrons Museum and make sure your grab a few bottles of your favourite vino.
Tuscany has developed a relationship for being one of Europe’s most prominent wine producers. They also can lay claim to producing some of the world greatest reds. Most notably, their Chianti is their undisputed showpony that has cultivated an international adoration from wine lovers. Touring the different Tuscan wine farms is a highly enlightening experience. The locals are fond of taking in the local fragrant wines while snacking on fresh bread basted with olive oil. There are several ambient wineries for you to visit and diminish your brain cells.
Italy makes this list twice – testimony to how amazing their wine is. Veneto offers fruitier and dry wines like Soave and Recioto. Their Chardonnay is also nothing to sneeze at and is in essence, a superb wine. The growers from that part are amongst the most modernised in all of Italy. Many of their standouts are based on their local grape varieties. If you have the time, be sure to visit Veneto’ numerous and amazing landmarks that are injected with immense historical value.