If you are passionate about wine and enjoy visiting new places, then combining the two makes complete sense. There are hundreds of options when it comes to wine orientated holidays, so your only issue might be narrowing it down.
Here are 4 holiday destinations perfect for wine lovers:
Tuscany region, Italy
Home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, it will come as no surprise that Italy is top of our list. As well as being known for the sheer volume of wine it produces, it is also renowned for its diversity in both wine styles and grapes varieties.
Tuscany is probably one of the most scenic regions and home to Chianti, one of the best-known Italian wines. Although you can book appointments and visit various vineyards and wineries under your own steam, we would highly recommend staying in Florence and booking one of the many organized tours leaving from there. Not only will you have the opportunity to sample various wines, but you will also see some breathtaking scenery and learn lots of history along the way.
There are more than 6000 vineyards in Bordeaux, producing over 9000 different types of wine, so a visit should on the bucket list of any wine lover. In addition to stunning vineyards such as Chateau de Portets and Chateau Haut Bergeron, Bordeaux is also home to the world-renowned museum, La Cite Du Vin.
Occupying more than 3000m2, the almost twenty different themed areas of the museum take you on an exploration of the many and varied facets of wine across time and space. It truly is a must-see when visiting Bordeaux.
Napa Valley, California
Due to its Mediterranean climate and regional geology, the Napa Valley produces some of the best quality wine grapes and is considered one of the premium wine regions in the world. Although there are hundreds of wineries, many aren’t open to the public, so it’s a good idea to do some research in advance.
Situated in St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley, Merryvale Vineyards offer daily wine tasting and are also known to organize wine as cheese pairings too. With friendly staff and a wealth of knowledge, it’s a vineyard worth visiting.
Operating since 1981, Andersons Conn Valley Vineyards span 42 acres and are located within a short drive of downtown St. Helena. They are also one of the original producers of Cabernet in Napa. If you are looking for some of the finest world-class wines at very affordable prices, this should be one of your first stops.
Yosemite Valley, California
If you like the idea of a stunning backdrop coupled with some enjoyable wine tasting, why not take part in the Grand Grape Celebration hosted by the Ahwahnee Hotel in the Yosemite Valley? As well as an array of tasting sessions, there is also a range of wine seminars where featured winemakers will discuss a range of topics.
From trends to blends, industry news to tasting tips, it’s a vacation like no other. If you enjoy good food, striking scenery, and of course, fabulous wine, then this is certainly worth looking into.