Breathtaking hills, stunning countryside, scrumptious food and heavenly grapes is the image, isn’t it?
For amazing trips, there are a couple of wine regions that are as remarkable as their wonderful vintages, with charming scenery and interesting culture everywhere. But before you start planning your trip to some of these beautiful regions, if you aren’t a professional sommelier you might want to learn how to choose a good bottle of wine.
Dorona, also known as, Golden Grapes are a common type of grapes that are planted in Venice. Keep in mind that Venice doesn’t have a large area to plant vineyards, so wine growing is really hard and therefore fascinating.
The Venissa wineries vineyard is based on the island of Mazzorbo which is located in the middle of the Lagoon Park, and only 8% of the surface area is soil. It is an uncommon vineyard where the wine has found its serenity between the potency of the soil that is perfect for grape growing and the continuous danger of salt and water.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch is an amazing place that wine lovers like to explore. Over 200 producers are located in the gorge and because of its Mediterranean climate, they have some amazing wines made of merlot, sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, cabernet sauvignon and even Riesling. It is easily said that it is best known for Pinotage and this grape has become South Africa’s greatest treasure.
A great way to discover and experience the area is by following some of the renowned Stellenbosch wine routes which not only give you the chance to try some of the best wines South Africa has to offer, it is also famous for its cuisine and has some of the best restaurants in the country has to offer.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is famous for its rich flavour Chardonnay, Semillon that develops its rich flavour as it ages and amazing earthy Shiraz. It was founded in the mid-19th century by the conceiver of Australian wine, James Busby, he brought over 20,000 vine cuttings to Australia from Europe. The Hunter Valley is really close to Sydney, and because of that, it attracts event organisers and really famous artists such as The Rolling Stones and Elton John.
They are also a host of the annual Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival. And the greatest plus is that you can easily find amazing accommodation in Hunter Valley, so you can stay and enjoy the food, wine and festivals.
Tokaj is the world’s first historical wine region. It offers a wide selection of wine styles, going from Late Harvest and Sweet Szamorodni to Eszencia. The most popular is Aszú, which is a natural dessert wine that is specially made using a 400-year-old method of mashing noble rot berries in a wine base to get a specific intensity of sweetness.
They have dry styles that are mostly made from Furmint grapes. That grape type is currently the key growth promoter for many wineries. A full Tokaji dry white wine goes perfectly with the heavy meat-filled dishes that are famous for Hungary. Just the single-vineyard dry wines are worth the visit.
Because France is very well known for its wine culture, it is had to pick just one location. There are a lot of wonderful choices, and all of them will let you experience different specialties and its amazing regional cuisine.
Burgundy is known for its beautifully scented and opulent wines, amazing Pinot Noir and breathtaking scenery. Because it’s such a famous place, you have to book wine tours and tastings in advance because nobody wants to miss out on some of the finest and rarest wines.
It might come as a surprise to some people, but Italy is the world’s largest wine producers. Tuscany is a place where some of the most popular wines like Tignanello and Sassicaia. It is really heaven on earth for wine and food enthusiasts. Taking a road trip through Tuscany will let you enjoy its breathtaking hills, medieval castles and the old beautiful villages.
La Rioja is the best-known wine region in Spain, but Priorat attracts attention for its super steep slopes on the mountainsides, and because of those vines have to dig deep to get the nutrients and because of that create extra depth, definition and character.
The breathtaking wine region is just south of Barcelona and it makes some of the world’s best red wine.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley where the famous Port wine was born, therefore it is one of the oldest and most stunning historic wine regions. They are making wine for over 2000 years.
The region has a lot of mountains and most of the vineyards are planted on terraces, they are held by ancient stone walls, and that is how it gets its amazing landscapes. Its soil is rich in nutrients but it is draining and the vine has to push the roots deep into the ground and find its way through cracks in the search for water. Because it has such a dry climate the grape juice is very rich and intense.
British Columbia, Canada
This may come as a surprise to many people but British Columbia has amazing wine. Canada is mostly known for its fresh lobster and let’s not forget the maple syrup, but little do people know that it produces great wines.
You may think that Canada is too cold for wine growing, but British Columbia has a pretty mild climate. It is perfect for growing top quality vines and produces amazing Merlot, Pinot and some more fragrant whites such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Their vineyards are located and surrounded by breathtaking rivers and mountains. This is a great region for wine-growing, and it is not famous yet, so better hurry before it conquers the world.
Sonoma is a really popular dream vacation spot that is located in California. Unfortunately, it has gone through a lot of scary wildfires, but no worries it’s already bouncing back, and thanks to its breathtaking scenery, amazing wines and location that it is close to San Francisco.
There you will find some of the finest Pinot Noir you can try, exquisite Chardonnay from the famous Russian River Valley and even some Napa and some amazing Cabernet and Syrah.
Central Otago, New Zealand
Central Otago is surrounded by large snow-covered mountains, veiled by the amazing glacial lakes and deep rivers. It is one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, let alone wine regions that are producing some amazing wines.
Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are the two most main grapes because they are delicate, rich and in superb form in these parts. Otago is really close to Queenstown, which is always a popular travel place, so this is a trip any wine lover will like.
Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula. It has amazing hilltop towns, which are protected by UNESCO. Istria is filled with Roman amphitheaters and beautiful rustic villas, breathtaking beaches and the National Park Brijuni.
It has many food and wine markets, it is truly a paradise for gourmets and nature lovers. It also has its distinctive wine varieties such as white Malvasia, ruby-red Teran and Muscat. Istrian breathtaking wine roads and winemakers are the most famous in all of Croatia.
Mendoza really has an advantage. The Andes Mountains are truly breathtaking, it’s hard to even focus on the plump and abundant wines of the beautiful area.
They are fortunate to have microclimates, which results in a variety of wines it can produce. If you want to experience the best vineyards you should visit the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo.
Of course, this is not a complete list of all the wine regions in the world. Don’t forget that don’t have to be a professional sommelier to enjoy good wines. All of these locations are amazing and whichever you choose to go to and enjoy the divine wine and food, you won’t regret.