A new type of tourism has recently taken over the vacation scene, and that’s wine tourism. With an increased interest in wine tastings over the past 10 years or so, many wineries around the world now provide tasting rooms and tasting dinners with a scenic view, as well as tours of the vineyards and cellars. It makes sense, as wine goes great with so many different things, so why wouldn’t people want to spend a vacation doing it? If you’re interested in taking a wine vacation, take a look at some of the locations I’ve mentioned below.
Considered one of the most respected wine-producing regions in the world, Bordeaux produces everything from table wins to some of the world’s most expensive and well-known bottles. The vast majority of wines from Bordeaux are red wines and are typically made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. With plenty of tasting rooms that also serve some of the country’s finest cuisine, it’s no wonder why Bordeaux is such a popular wine destination.
Cape Town, South Africa
South African wine has blown up in popularity over the past decade, and Cape Town is the place to be if you’re a wine connoisseur. Known as the Cape Winelands, the fertile soil mixed with the moderate climate allows wine farmers to produce plenty of fantastic wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. There are plenty of different wine routes to take as well, which will bring you to some of the best wine in South Africa.
Yarra Valley, Australia
Filled with villages, shops, restaurants and plenty of wine, the Yarra Valley is the place to be if you’re in Australia and enjoy wine. Located only an hour outside of Melbourne, the region is known for its classic sparkling wines as well as Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay. There are plenty of different tastings and tours you can partake in, all packed with the beautiful Australian scenery. There’s also been an uprise in microbreweries and cider production if you’re into that as well.
Over the past few years, Argentina has emerged as one of the top wine-producing areas. While its Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are good, the real winner here is its Malbec. Mendoza has many wineries which offer tastings and tours but you must book in advance as most require reservations.
The Finger Lakes, New York, USA
With over 100 wineries spread around the area, it’s no wonder The Finger Lakes are considered New York’s largest wine-producing region. Popular varietals include Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vidal Blanc, and Chardonnay. If you’re interested in wine routes, two of the most popular ones to try are the Cayuga Wine Trail and the Seneca Wine Trail. Both display the region’s best wineries, with plenty of tastings and tours offered if you’re interested.