Does your ideal evening involve sipping on a glass of fruity white wine? Is your perfect meal incomplete without a bottle of red on the table? Or do you daydream of spending your hard-earned vacation time strolling through vineyards and wineries, discovering how the delicious beverage is made?
If you said yes to any of these scenarios, it may be time for you to take a vacation that is centered around rich wines and the entire process that goes into making your favourite beverage. If you’re looking to incorporate wine into your next travel experience, here are a few destinations known the world over, for their fantastic libations and sprawling vineyards.
British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a top spot for wine lovers to vacation. Thanks to it’s mild climate and rolling landscape, it offers some of the best wine-growing conditions in the world. It’s also packed with resorts that can make any getaway a cherished memory. If you’re looking for a destination not too far from home, the Okanagan Valley may just be perfect for you.
Travellers who venture a bit further south can experience some of the world’s most stunning wine country in California. Both Napa Valley and Sonoma County are famous around the globe as two of the best destinations for wine lovers. Napa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries, many of which offer tours and tastings for visitors. If you enjoy a fresh glass of Cabernet or Chardonnay, the U.S. may be the best place for you and your travel companion to venture to.
Sonoma County doesn’t have as many individual wineries as nearby Napa, but it does boast a wide array of varietals. Fans of anything from Chardonnay to Zinfandel will enjoy the libations here, and the casual relaxed atmosphere invites travellers to learn about wines in a friendly environment.
France is perhaps best known as a destination for honeymoon travel, romantic trips for couples, and, of course for producing some of the world’s finest wines. There are many ways you can incorporate the love of wine into the romantic atmosphere during your travels. Why not incorporate a trip to the country’s Bordeaux region, which boasts more than 115,000 hectares of vineyards, owned by thousands of individual producers. Another dazzling option is Burgundy, which produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world.
The Land Down Under’s wine industry has been rapidly expanding in recent years, and now the southern region of Australia has many wineries and vineyards that could be potential stops on your next trip to Australia. Valleys in New South Wales are embracing a culture of winemaking and grape growing, so you can take a break from exploring bustling cities like Sydney to breathe in the fresh air from nearby vineyards.
The Spanish know how to have a good time, and they really know how to let the right wine enhance any experience. One of the best regions for Spanish wine is Rioja, situated along the Ebro River and surrounded by the towering Cantabrian Mountains. With a history of winemaking that goes back for centuries, the area is the perfect place to learn about traditional methods of creating the drink and pairing the locally produced beverage with delicious local cuisine.