A memorable wine vacation is more than just sipping on the varietal of your choice. It’s all about the location, the gorgeous views, the breathtaking landscapes, a vineyard staff that goes above and beyond to accommodate its guests, and delicious food. We’ve ranked the 10 best wine destinations across the globe that every vino lover should add to their bucket list.
1. Florence, Italy
You can’t mention the best wine destinations without thinking of Florence. If the private and intimate tours don’t win you over, you’ll be amazed by the sweeping views of the hills and the magnificent architecture. Once you take a sip of Chianti Classico, the deep red wine the city is known for, you’ll never want to leave!
2. Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux is one of the most popular wine regions in France. No matter your budget, you can find a wine tour that will not only educate you on the history of this prestigious region, but you can also munch on the finest cuisine in the exquisite tasting rooms.
3. Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza is rapidly becoming a prime destination for wine lovers. The city is known for its Malbec – a fruity and velvet-textured red wine that has soared to popularity in recent years. Many of the wineries in the area not only offer tours and tastings, they also have cooking classes, horseback riding, and helicopter tours.
4. Piedmont, Italy
Look no further than the region of Piedmont, Italy for your next winery vacation. The lowlands of this area are known for being one of the best wine growing regions in the country. The rich and fertile soil gives the grapes a distinct taste that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else in the world.
5. Napa Valley, California
There’s a reason why Napa Valley is one of the most popular wine tasting regions in the United States. With millions of visitors traveling to the area each year, wine connoisseurs can explore more than 400 wineries with tasting rooms. When you’re not enjoying a few of the wines the region is known for, including White Zinfandel, Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, you can explore the quaint shops and all of the delectable restaurants the area has to offer.
6. Cape Town, South Africa
The Constantia Valley in Cape Town, South Africa has a total of ten wine farms that are each known for their distinct history and heritage. Since the 1600s, the region has been at the forefront of winemaking, with historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte being a frequent visitor. The rich soil and moderate climate means that stellar Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot noirs are produced here. It doesn’t hurt that each winery has gorgeous views of the valley, too.
7. Colchagua, Chile
Get ready to set your taste buds on fire with the city of Colchagua’s world renowned peppery Carménère wine. If perusing the vineyards by foot isn’t your thing, this region also has an ample amount of wine tours, including bike tours and hot air balloon rides.
8. Finger Lakes, New York
More than 100 wineries are situated around this region’s long and thin lakes. Imagine sipping on a glass of Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot noir while taking in the beautiful sights of the Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga Lakes. Slopping hills and the panoramic views of the region make a vacation in Finger Lakes perfect for those who love to enjoy a glass or two while taking in all the sights.
9. Willamette Valley, Oregon
Willamette Valley may not have many years of history like other areas on our list, but this region in Oregon is quickly making a name for itself as the home to the best Pinot noir. Since the first wineries were opened back in the 60s, the valley is now home to over 500 wineries. Oh, and did we mention this area was named the best wine region of the year back in 2016?
10. Yarra Valley, Australia
Don’t let the location fool you. Making the trek from Melbourne to the hundreds of wineries in Yarra Valley is well worth the travel. This area is full of picturesque villages, whimsical boutiques, and some of the best sparkling wines. As you make your way through winery tours in the cities of Healesville and Yarra Glen, you can enjoy the jaw-dropping sights in this popular tourist area.