The Best Places for Wine Tasting Around the World
The wine tourism has become fashionable in recent years all over the world, especially in Spain, but do you know the best places for wine tasting?
This type of tourism offers a different way to travel and to see new regions where wine is the true protagonist. While France is the nursery of the most known strains such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay, Italy and Portugal have different types of grapes that are only cultivated in these countries.
South Africa is also becoming a big producer of wines. The first vineyard opened in South Africa back in 1655 by Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape. The vines were imported from France and Spain.
1. Tuscany – Italy
Even though the whole country produces wines, Tuscany is the most popular destinations for lovers of wine. Tuscany produces both white and red wines with the favorites being Chianti and Chianti Classic. Visitors to the vineyards can enjoy wine tasting, tours of the vineyards and even picnics.
2. Cataluna – Spain
The Spanish vineyards Cava del Penedes, Routes of Wine and Brandy del Marco de Jerez enjoy a privileged location, being situated in areas with a large movement of tourists. They are some of the most visited wineries in the country.
3. Mendoza – Argentina
If you prefer red wines, then you should visit Mendoza in Argentina. The region is the world leading producer of Malbec and offers hundreds of winery options. While visiting these vineyards you can also explore the amazing views of the region with a walk, bike ride or on horseback.
4. Santiago – Chile
The Maipo Valley region, which is close to Santiago, produces some of the most famous Cabernets in the world thanks to a dry climate that provides ideal weather for grapes. The Valley is the only wine region in the world located next to the city limits and includes vineyards dating back from the 19th century.
5. Provence – France
On one of the most famous wineries in France is in the mountain region of Sainte-Victoire (Aix en Provence) which provided the inspiration for the painter Cezanne. There are also other high quality wineries in Paris, Montpellier, Avignon, Lyon, Dijon and Strasbourg where you can taste wines like Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers and Sauternes among others.
6. Sydney – Australia
The oldest wine region in Australia is just a few hours from Sydney. The most notable wines originate in the Hunter Valley region which has about 150 wineries, some of them open to visitors. The most common wines of the region are Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
7. Porto – Portugal
Vinho Verde is unique in the world. It is located along the coast and is a producer of excellent white wines. In Porto you can also find the wineries that produce the famous port wine which is made with grapes from the Douro Region.
8. Cape Town – South Africa
Cape Town is a producer of various wines including chenin, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, cabernet, merlot, pinotage and shiraz.
Where is the best place you have ever drunk wine?