So much goes into making the world-class wine. You need the ideal soil and climate to grow your crop. The best grape harvester parts to delicately collect all those precious grapes, and then the right conditions again for aging your wine. It’s no wonder there are so many underwhelming bottles on the shelves!
If you’re keen to treat yourself to the tastebud-tingling deliciousness that results from getting all of these factors just right. Add the following world-class wine regions to your travel list:
If you love a glass of festive bubbles even when there’s nothing in particular to celebrate, Champagne should definitely be on your list. This is the only region in the world that can technically produce champagne. If it looks like champagne, bubbles like champagne, and tastes like champagne, but isn’t produce in Champagne, then it’s just sparkling wine.
Known as much for its Renaissance villages as it is for its world-class wine, Tuscany is an essential addition to your travel itinerary. Enjoy a nice Chianti while overlooking the stunning scenery, and then head to the Amalfi Coast to enjoy another of Italy’s famous wine regions. There, you can sip on the finest white and red vermouth while overlooking the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
If you’d like to fit a lot of exploring and adventuring in around your wine tasting, then you’ll find everything you’re looking for in South Africa. Fans of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will need to add the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley to their itinerary, while those who enjoy Chenin Blanc and Merlot may wish to base themselves in Stellenbosch.
Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is a beautiful spot to visit whether you’re into wine or not. This is a beautiful spot to get your head (and your tastebuds) around the deep, fruity notes of Malbec.
If you’re more into Vermouth and Sherry, you may wish to head a little further north to explore San Juan. And since you’re in South America, it’s worth adding Chile to your travel itinerary. Here, you can enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Maipo Valley, the Colchagua Valley, and the Elqui Valley. If you’re strapped for time, the Maipo Valley is Chile’s most convenient wine region, located just outside Santiago.
If you love visiting places that make you feel like you’ve time-traveled into the past, then Hungary’s Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region is for you. Famous for being one of the world’s oldest wine regions, Tokaj-Hegyalja is also a place of great beauty as it is beneath the Carpathian Mountains. This is also an ideal spot for those who adore sweet dessert wines. If you’re a fan of both historic places and dessert wines, then you’re truly in for a treat!
This is a wine region to write home (or post on Instagram) about. Famed for having the steepest, high-altitude vineyard in the world, Mosel is a unique gem in the winery world. In Mosel, you can sample a divine dry Riesling that’s guaranteed to be different from the sweeter varieties you’ll find elsewhere in the world. You can also treat yourself to some of the most incredible views of any wine region on this list, and considering how beautiful they all are, that’s truly saying something.
Of course, there are many other incredible wine regions spread all across the world. However, the five spots listed above offer something truly special for the discerning wine connoisseur. Add these destinations to your travel list, and you’re bound to have a life filled with delectable wine-infused adventures.