The Best Places Around the Globe for Wine Tours
If you are a wine-lover or a newbie in the winery and you are planning the perfect wine tour, you may consider at least visiting the following countries, which according to travelers, are the best places to start your wine tour adventure.
These places are unique which will surely feed your souls with adventure and WINE!
When you are in the South American region, do not forget to include Argentina in your wine tour destinations. Argentina is said to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Yes, you read that right, IN THE WORLD.
In the provinces of Mendoza, you will find the most popular and the most famous wine regions in the entire country of Argentina. The areas of Mendoza is also well-known for Malbec, a type of medium to full-bodied, dry red wine.
Of course! Italy is very popular for its red wines, such as but not limited to Chianti Classico, Barolo, Brunello, and Barbaresco. Despite being famous for reds, Italy produces popular white wines (vino Bianco) such as Soave, Arneis, and Pinot Grigio. Not only that, but it also creates an array of sparkling wines such as Prosecco and Asti.
Italy truly is a perfect spot to start a wine tour. It has so many options in wines which range from vintage to young, and cheap to costly wines. If you have an expensive taste or has an interest in wine collection, Tuscany is a perfect place for you. You can indulge in a bottle of 2016 Sassicaia Wine while enjoying the beautiful view of Italian landscapes. It is a treat you do not want to miss!
France, along with Italian, Spanish, and American wine regions, is one of the most significant wine producers in the world.
Every French wine has a distinct flavor depending on the place or area in which it is produced. For instance, Bordeaux, which is a well-known wine region in France, produces mostly red wine than white wine. Champagne, on the other hand, produces champagne. Wine tasting would be the perfect excuse to explore every corner of France.
Spain is considered the most widely planted wine-producing nation, which is composed of 1.17 million hectares of vineyard. However, despite its vast area, it is only the third-largest producer of wine in the world, followed by the United States, the most significant wine producers being Italy and France.
If you plan to go here, try considering the following popular wine regions of Spain: Rioja, Navarra, Rueda, Cava, Jerez, La Mancha, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas, and Penedes.
Thailand is home to a budding wine industry in Asia, creating over 800,000 bottles of wine a year. Thailand is the wine destination you never knew existed!
Its vineyards are located not far from Bangkok, such that when you have a trip to Thailand, it would not be hard to add a little side trip to the wineries and vineyards surrounding Bangkok. Noticeably, Thai wines have grown to become popular and are often featured on the wine lists of quality hotels and restaurants.
Ontario and British Columbia are the two largest wine-producing regions in Canada. Canada is very popular for Icewines. Icewine is a dessert wine produced from grapes that are frozen while they are still on the vines.
Consequently, Canada has been named the world’s leading icewine producer. They have been said to have produced more icewine than all the other countries in the world combined. Ninety percent of these icewines originate from Ontario, although it is also made in other wine-producing regions.
Portugal’s viticulture developed in isolation and separated from the other wine regions in the world. Because of that, Portugal has many grape varieties that can not be seen in other places in the world.
According to data, there are around 250 indigenous varieties of grapes used for wine that are embedded on Portuguese soil. It would be quite interesting if one could visit this country for an exciting wine experience, which is truly unique and one of its own. If ever you find yourself in Portugal, you may also visit the Douro Valley near Porto, which produces the most famous and most copied wine of Portugal, which is the Port. The area offers some excellent Porto wine tours.
Final Tips for your wine tour
With all that said, you can now start planning and plotting your next wine adventure. But before you start, here are a few tips to help you with your experience.
- Visit an average of three (3) or four (4) wineries in a day. To truly enjoy your wine tasting, indulge, and enjoy each winery. Savor the aroma and flavor of each wine without rushing.
- Make the most out of each location. Other wineries offer good and luxurious food, be sure to try them out and enjoy. Do not be shy to ask the perfect meal to pair to your choice of wine or vice versa. Also, you may take home an extra bottle of your favorite wine as a souvenir.
- Do not be shy to ask questions. Since you are already in a place where the real experts in the field are, do not be shy to ask them a few questions you are keeping in mind. In that way, you will also be getting out the most of your visit.
- Drink in moderation. Wines are still alcoholic beverages, and a few wineries offer samples or wine tasting. Be sure to drink moderately so as not to get drunk or intoxicated. You will enjoy the wine tour if you do it sober.
- Go out of your comfort zone. Try wines other than your favorite wine. If you come across a unique wine, do not be afraid to try it.
Now, you have what you need to know before jumping on a wine tour experience! So, what are you waiting for? Head on to your next adventure. Check out all the abovementioned places and indulge on an exciting wine tour that would be perfect for you.
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