As a wine enthusiast, your to-do list definitely entails a trip to the vineyard, yes? Because we are as well, we have listed 10 best wine destinations to visit, explore and see from scratch how your favorite wines are produced.
Directly translated from the Afrikaans, Hemel-en-Aarde means ‘heaven-and-earth’. The valley has 28 wineries of which 7 offer sales and tastings. Hemel-en-Aarde is most revered for producing Burgundian style, premium quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Tokaj has a history of distinguished wine-making of more than 500 years. Declared in 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the vineyard is home to sweet aszú wines, such as Oremus, Disznóko, Hétszolo and the Royal Tokaji Wine Company.
Flanked by France and Switzerland, mountainous Valle d’Aosta is home to local varieties like Fumin or Prié Blanc, as well as Italian or Swiss varieties like Petite Arvine or Nebbiolo, and international grapes. It produces approximately 220,000 cases of wine a year.
Corsica wine is a wine made on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Located 90 km west of Italy, 170 km southeast
of France and 11 km north of the island of Sardinia. The three leading grape varieties of the region are Nielluccio, known
as the spiced wine of France, Sciacarello, and Vermentino.
The Region is one of the largest wine regions of Portugal, enjoying a warm and dry climate, with an excellent “terroir”. The most important white grape varieties in the region are the Roupeiro, Antão Vaz and Arinto. While the red varieties are Trincadeira, Aragonez, Castelão and Alicante Bouschet (French variety).
California’s North Coast AVA is vast, covering more than 3 million acres of land to the north of San Francisco. The area is home to some of the wine world’s most valuable and distinctive real estate. The Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River, Stags Leap, and Carneros districts.
Winemaking in Galicia dates back 2,000 years to the time of Roman occupation when it was exported to England via galleon. Galicia has five major wine regions: Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras, and Monterrei.
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Casablanca Valley is a wine-growing region best known for its crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which has gained its recognition as one of Chile’s quality wine regions. Pinot Noir, which is responsive to the cooler climates found in this coastal area, is also grown with some success.
Beechworth is a relatively small wine-producing region located a 3-hour drive NE of Melbourne in the beautiful North East of Victoria, Australia. Beechworth can lay claim to producing some of Australia’s finest examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Italian varietals such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
Crete boasts of a wine tradition that is 4000 years old. Local white varieties include Vilana, one of the island’s top white wine grapes, Vidiano, Dafni, Thrapsathiri, Malvasia di Candia (Malvazia of Chandakas), Muscat of Spina, and Pluto. Red varieties include Kotsifali, Mantilari, Liatiko, Tsardana, and legendary Romeiko.
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