From full-bodied reds of Italy to historic wineries of France and world-renowned vineyards of South Africa, the world’s nations have produced some fine wines. Here are a selection of the best wine producing regions and the marvelous wines they produce.
With the backdrop of the snowy Alps, Italy’s Piedmont region offers spectacular scenery and impressive wine. Tour the vineyards in the Roera and Monferrato areas and you can enjoy some of the most celebrated reds in Italy, including Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. If you’re looking for some luxury, the region is home to many exclusive hotels, some boasting Michelin-star cuisine. There are also heaps of activities for the adventurous such as skiing and golfing.
The untouched beauty of Spain’s verdant Galicia region provides the perfect setting for a wine holiday. Tour the regions of Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Rias Baixas before enjoying a delicious seafood feast at one of the many world-renowned restaurants. Don’t miss a visit to the Martin Codax winery in Cambados. Here you can choose from a range of packages from simple tastings to full day excursions, like a boat tour, and you can even harvest your own shellfish!
The picturesque Loire Valley in France is home to some of the finest appellations in the world. Accessible via a short ride from Paris, there are endless opportunities for terrific tastings and impressive tours. Visit the regions of Touraine and Sancerre to sample some of the finest wine, like Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre wine, you’re likely to have tasted. If you can drag yourself away from the wineries, visit ancient sights like the medieval fortifications and fairytale-like castle of Château d’Ussé.
Situated only 40 minutes’ drive from the streets of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a wine lover’s paradise. Guided tours run daily along a popular route, which stop at many of the exclusive wineries. Be sure to visit DeMorgenzon where music is played through the estate, which is considered an essential aid in the ripening process of grapes. There’s also a great selection of fine dining eateries where you can enjoy beautifully paired cuisine with the region’s signature Pinotage.
With perfect year-round grape producing conditions, the rolling hills of New Zealand have long been famed for their wine. The country’s second largest region, Hawkes Bay, is also the oldest with production dating back to 1851. Visitors can explore from over 70 wineries, specializing in reds with body and Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. For the active traveler, the area is best explored on two wheels where gentle cycling routes link all the major vineyards. Expect beautiful scenery and plenty of spots for a gourmet meal.
Visit one of these sought-after destinations and you’ll be guaranteed great food, even better wine and heaps of memorable attractions.
Article written by COLLEN ASHLEY CARTER.