Drinking wine can be an amazing experience on its own. The aroma and taste tell a story of the vineyards, around the world, in which they were made. But, don’t stop there. Many of these vineyards welcome tourists with open arms (and full glasses). These are the best vacation destinations for wine lovers.
Sonoma County, California
When many people think of wine and California, their minds automatically think of Napa Valley. However, located very close Napa is Sonoma County. Sonoma County is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 425 wineries. The area is known for its delicate pinot noirs and zesty chardonnays. Sonoma County isn’t just vineyards either. Put your glass down (or pack it in your backpack) for a day and explore one of the 50 nature parks in the area.
Central Otago, New Zealand
The southernmost wine-growing region in the world is located in Central Otago, New Zealand. The area is best known for its soft pinot noirs and rich white wines. Located in the center of the region is also Queenstown. The city is one of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations and was once voted the world’s friendliest foreign city by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.
If you enjoy a good glass of wine, then you probably already know about Burgundy, France. The area is best known for their (surprise) burgundy wines. Burgundy wines are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. However, these vineyards are exclusive and reservations are necessary for entry. There are also many tour options of the surrounding areas that include a tasting at a winery.
Margaret River, Australia
Just a 3 hour drive from Perth is the Margaret River region of Australia. Along with pristine beaches, Margaret River is home to many vineyards best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The region hosts multiple food and drink festivals throughout the year. Plan your trip for November, so you can attend the “Margaret River Gourmet Escape.” The festival brings in celebrity chefs from around the world to serve you the best food and wine pairings.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Also known as the City of Oaks, due to its breathtaking oak-lined streets, Stellenbosch is the perfect place for a vineyard getaway. Set to the backdrop of majestic mountains is the world renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. Tours of the route offer visitors the opportunity to imbibe at the many of high-quality wineries in the region known for their chenin blanc and pinotage wines.