Wine tasting is an amazing way to spend your time relaxing and over the weekend. Wine production has turned into wine tourism and is booming with each passing day. Many traditional wine regions like Napa, Sonoma, Bordeaux, and Burgundy are some of the most famous wine producing regions in the world. But many areas like South Africa, Canada and Australia have ventured into winemaking.
The 10 must visit wine destinations on your list should be:
1. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
It is the largest wine producing in British Columbia with various varieties of grapes growing here. There more than 170 wineries here that hold various tours along with the breathtaking views of this beautiful country.
2. Bordeaux, France
It produces the best wine in the world ranging from table wines to the world’s most expensive wines. The most well known vineyards here are St-Emilion, Graves and Médoc. Wine tours are also arranged here.
3. Finger Lakes, New York
Finger Lakes is the largest wine producing region in New York with more than 100 wineries present in the region. Tasting tours are arranged for visitors and wine enthusiasts. Many wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Vidal Blank, and Riesling are produced here.
4. Mendoza, Argentina
It is one of the top wine producers in the world. The best known wine from Mendoza is Malbec along with impressive Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Many wineries welcome their visitors with tours and wine tasting activities.
5. Willamette Valley, Oregon
This place is home to more than 200 wineries running along the Highway 99. It produces cooler climate vine varieties which are riper tasting than the warmer climate zones. Wineries here are a great picnic spot due to mountain views.
6. Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is world famous for its red wine which pairs flawlessly with meat. Wineries are open for tours and wine tasting activities. The winemaking technique used here is traditional, which is worth experiencing.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
It the perfect destination for a wine tasting getaway. Popular wines here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Places to visit here are Groot Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
8. Napa and Sonoma, California
Napa and Sonoma are the most visited wine regions in US with more than 450 wineries. The most famous wines produced here are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine tasting tours are available for visitors in both the regions.
9. Barcelona, Spain
This region is famous for Dry white wines, Sparkling Cava and red wines to be paired with meat. Wine tours can also be arranged from Barcelona.
10. Yarra Valley, Australia
Located near to Melbourne, Yarra Valley has a landscape consisting of small hills with lot of wineries, food joints and places to shop. It is famous for sparkling wines but major wines produced here are Pinot Noir and Syrah. The view here is breathtaking.
To learn more about these regions, have a look at the Gifographic below shared by Tango.Tours
Featured photo by Dave Lastovskiy