“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Anonymous
Lush vineyards, breathtaking views, and more wineries than one can imagine. Sounds like the perfect vacation to us, as you delight your palate while discovering a host of wines you may have never known. From majestic rivers to rolling green hills, we’ve compiled a list of some of the world’s great wine regions. Some of which are on our bucket list as well. So, if you can sneak in a little getaway, then you should definitely check out our top six must-see wine destinations.
Elegant Pinot Noirs and rich, full-bodied Chardonnays is why Burgundy makes our list. Although, tasting rooms here are a bit on the smaller side, it’s worth the travel. Just be sure to make reservations beforehand. Then take in the scenery while savoring a nice glass of vino. It truly is a taste of heaven.
Monterey/Central Coast, California
Spanning from the south of San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara, the Central Coast has become a premiere hot spot for wine aficionados with a desire to experience some of the most unique and diverse varietals in the world. With incredible views, lots, and lots of grapes, and more than 90,000 acres of charming vineyards, it’s no wonder why the Central Coast is a must-visit destination. Bask in the unparalleled beauty of Monterey while sipping on a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
Sonoma County, California
Slightly more relaxed than Napa, Sonoma boasts a plethora of wineries to explore. With the Pacific Ocean at its feet, Sonoma’s cool-climate makes for the perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Regal at best. There’s certainly no shortage of beauty here. Just an hour away from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is surrounded by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which influences the regions cool climate, making it the perfect vacation spot to enjoy a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, or Syrah.
Everywhere, New Zealand
Emerald backdrops and snow-capped mountaintops, and no we’re not referencing a scene from Lord of the Rings, but beautiful New Zealand where delicate Pinot Noirs and aromatic white wines such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer flow. From the northern regions of Northland, Matakana, Auckland, and Waiheke Island to the southern sections of Central Otago, Waitaki Valley, and Canterbury, and everywhere in between, New Zealand has plenty to offer. All-year-round tourists from across the globe flock to the stunning countryside. However, the best time to visit is in late March or April, during harvest time. So, when you’re ready, let us know…we’re happy to provide our NZ travel guide.
If you’re seeking romance, than Tuscany is the place to be. Castles turned into wineries, delightful wines, and delicious foods are just a few reasons why Tuscany is a dream come true. Seriously, what better way to enjoy a glass of Chianti than under the Tuscan sun?