By Rachel O’Conner

Wine has been ingrained in our culture for thousands of years. And although winemaking first emerged in Europe, you can now find incredible wineries around the globe.

More of a good thing is usually a great thing, but it doesn’t exactly make it easy to plan a wine-centred vacation. Which wine region will you visit first, and how do you even choose?

Don’t worry. We’ve actually narrowed down this long list to just a few of the best places to go wine tasting in the world.

Napa Valley, USA

If you’re planning any wine trip in the US, Napa Valley is going to top out the list of potential destinations.

In the heart of Wine Country, the landscape of Napa Valley sets the stage for a very romantic wine-focused getaway.

Just be sure to plan your itinerary in advance of your trip. Napa valley wineries tend to book up quickly, and the tasting rooms have precise schedules.

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Wine Festival | Credit – The Cork Chronicles

Bordeaux is a small port city that’s famous for its red wine. Located between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, this city maintains the ideal soil for growing grapes.

But if you’re more of a white wine enthusiast, you may want to choose a different region on this list. More than 85 percent of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red.

While you’re planning, you may want to consider scheduling your tryst around the Bordeaux Wine Festival that happens every two years. If you’re planning a trip soon, you’re in luck because the next event starts on June 18, 2020.

The Douro Valley, Portugal

A fantastic wine journey awaits you in the Douro Valley. Hop on a train or take an unforgettable road trip. Just be sure to service your vehicle beforehand because this is an ancient town that’s about 62 miles west of Porto.

The Douro River ensures fertile soils that are ideal for winemaking.

This region specifically is famous for its Porto, but that should come as no surprise.

While you’re in the Douro Valley, spend some time exploring the charming villages that surround this wine region, including Favaois, Ucanha, and Pinhao.

Cape Town, South Africa

You’ll find the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It’s the largest South African wine region and is divided into six main wine regions.

Since each region offers its unique route, you could spend your entire vacation exploring the Winelands and still have more to see.

This is an epic trip for many reasons, and in addition to the world-class wine, you can also expect stunning natural landscapes and delectable food.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is a trip for virtually anyone who enjoys a relaxed atmosphere set amidst a backdrop of colourful villas and rolling, vineyard-dotted hills.

While you’re here, you’re going to want to spend some time in Chianti. Not only is it the most famous region in Tuscany, but it’s also the most visually appealing.

Yarra Valley, Australia

Skydive at Yarra Valley | Credit: Richard Timperon of Melbourne, Australia

The Yarra Valley sits under an hour’s drive away from Melbourne, and it’s a city-dweller’s favourite weekend getaway. The region boasts more than 80 wineries, upscale hotels, and award-winning restaurants. If you’re travelling from afar, you’ll be blown away by the unique scenery and wildlife that Australia has to offer – especially in the Yarra Valley.

While you may have some trouble narrowing your selection down to just one region, you’ll find that each locale has its charm. As you learn about the various wine regions in the world, think about which features stand out most to you.

You can bet that the wine tasting experience in any of these regions will not disappoint!


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