Yes, folks, it’s wine o’clock, and this year is the perfect TIME to go around the globe to pick and savor the wines of your choice. And where else can you get the best of the best than at The World’s Top Nine Wine destinations?
After everything that’s happened in the past year, everyone will agree that life is, indeed, a celebration– and wine tourism surely can speak to that feeling! Imagine traveling to a destination that whets your appetite for wine and gives you a first-hand experience of the smell and the hand selection of grapes that go into making your favorite drink.
Get a unique tour around the famous wineries, beautiful architecture, and medieval villages at the wine capital of the world, Bourdeaux, France! Medoc, the land of wines located in beautiful Bordeaux, is home to several renowned wines in the market. Meanwhile, Bordeaux, on its own, is a famous wine destination for its red and carefully blended wines made from noble grapes. Wines from Bordeaux are highly sought-after and take thousands of dollars at wine auctions for their excellence and exclusivity, aging, and character.
Traditional winemaking in Georgia is like no other– distinctly peppered with history, mythology, and referenced to the fourth century! Legend even reveals a story about battle soldiers weaving a piece of grapevine into the chain mail protecting their chests, and in their hour of death, vines sprouted from their hearts! With such a meaningful history to it, Georgia’s wine heritage will truly satisfy your thirst for wine. Try out their Kisi, Mtsvane, Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, and Tsinandali– white wines are Georgia’s hallmark!
Chile & Argentina
Wine aficionados will agree that the vineyards in Chile and Argentina, two South American states, make some of the best easy-drinking wines! Argentina’s largest wine region, Mendoza, makes two-thirds of the country’s wine, while Casablanca Valley is one of the best wine regions in Chile! Cases Del Bosque, a famous Chile vineyard, produces high-quality wines and is a preferred destination for premium wine production. Both regions still practice Old World wine production methods despite being New World countries.
If you’re craving for a wine adventure in California, then the top-notch boutique wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma are where it’s at! With acres of vineyards, a Mediterranean climate, and charming resorts, this world-famous wine region is almost always at the top of the must-visit list. When in the area, don’t forget to check out the sandwich chain of Mendocino farms for locally sourced fresh ingredients in their steak sandwiches!
Spain & Portugal
Are you looking to book the best wine trip of 2021? Well, Portugal, a renowned wine destination, shouldn’t be left out on your itinerary! Consistently receiving awards over the past years, Quinta da Seixo is one of the grandest wine-producing and oldest vineyards in the Douro Valley. The winery uses advanced winemaking technology in producing top-notch wines. Another reason to visit is their much-awarded Sandeman Vau Vintage, deeply-colored port wine with hints of purple, and their Alentejo red wines, the darlings of the Alentejo region!
If you didn’t already know, Vienna, the Austrian capital city, produces 85% of the world’s white wine varietals, including Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. Aside from the culture, gothic architecture, music, and art appreciation, the capital boasts over 1700 acres of vineyards and hosts the annual Wine Hiking Day in autumn. So, let the good times roll, sample food and wine pairings, and make sure to include Austria in your travel itinerary this 2021!
Cape Winelands, South Africa
Yes, the picturesque scenery, food, safaris, and its Winelands are the true essence of South Africa. Its largest wine-producing regions, Constancia, Hermanus, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, produce sensational wines that tickle your palate and surprise you with unique flavors. Set to explore the offerings of South Africa with a glass in your hand– it’s surely worth the trip!
New Zealand is a premier gastronomic destination brimming with mouth-watering wines you can’t get enough of! Its renowned wine region, Marlborough, produces must-try Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It is also home to a multitude of family-owned boutique vineyards, where you can sample zesty wines and delicious handmade cheeses during an unforgettable and sophisticated experience of a lifetime!
Finger Lakes, New York, USA
Lucky New Yorkers don’t even have to travel far to visit one of the best wineries in the world! Five hours away from the city, the Finger Lakes Wine Country has become a popular wine region on the East Coast. Aside from its following due to riesling, wine enthusiasts also enjoy the county’s other contemporaries such as chardonnay, craft beer, cider, and cabernet franc.