Grape is not just a fruit; it’s wine filled within. And thanks to the rising gravitas for grape-harvest, the world is going gaga over fancy vineyards. What used to be a simple vineyard visit to a farm is now a high end affair in most locales, with every winery striving to outdo its counterparts in terms of architecture, production and opulence.
The rolling hills of breathtaking vineyards, which were earlier mostly a Euro affair, have now spread their wings to as far as Australia, Africa, Argentina, California and Canada. So let’s take a look at the best vineyards in the world:
1. Bordeaux, France
The most respected wine producing regions since times immemorial, Bordeaux gives to the world everything from crisp table wines to the most expensive bottles. This historic town presents you many tasting tours around the gothic churches and 18th century monuments. Grand estates, exquisite tasting rooms and a whole romantic setting- Bordeaux stands up to every wine connoisseur’s expectations.
2. Tuscany, Italy
Avid wine lovers must be familiar be Chianti, the sumptuous red wine that teams so well with meats and pastas! Medieval architecture displaying grandiose chateaus and castles descend near acres of vineyards open for tours and tastings. For those seeking an authentic, old-school wine tasting ordeal, this is just the place to be! Wine makers crush the grapes with their feet and wines are aged in huge, vaulted basement cellars built right out of the rock!
3. Sonoma County, California
Just second to the most popular wine region of the States- Napa Valley is Sonoma County, a coastline town near the redwood forests, very similar to the grandeur and grace of Napa. Hundreds of wineries (close to 400!) are stationed outside this quaint town that is merely an hour’s drive from SF, offering you an immaculate tasting entourage. The wide variety of wines includes Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few. Besides wines, Sonoma is also a personal favorite among hikers and bikers; but make sure you go sober!
4. Barossa Valley, Australia
South Australia houses this picturesque valley that pulls in veteran wine tasters with its bold and boastful Shiraz wines and other finest Rieslings. Barossa valley is an hour’s drive from Adelaide where almost all the wineries offer tastings, with a lot of them offering free-tours and delicious on-site eateries. Begin your journey with Yalumba, the country’s oldest family-run winery with a fireplace and its own cooperage. Besides wine tasters, even foodies flock in to this county, thanks to its farm-to-table street cred that is up for grabs for one and all!
5. Mendoza, Argentina
Only recently did Argentina come in the wine scene, and Mendoza has already become an international show-stealer with its incredible diversity in production! From award winning Malbecs to the elite Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the expansive architectural gems of wineries produce everything you can dream of. Tour across the Garagistas (Garage turned wineries) run by families and the affluent industrialized vineyards to know the place inside out.
6. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Fine tipples paired with a fantastic farm-to-plate food and the glorious Okanagan Lake in the backdrop- dreamy isn’t it! the area being on its tech industry boom has got a bunch of millennials invested in the ambitious wineries too. More than 60 varietals are grown in over 130 wineries stationed mostly in Mission Hill and Quail’s Gate.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
The world-famous Cape Winelands boasting fertile soil and perfectly moderate climate makes the production of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the likes, a breeze! The place is an ideal wine-tasting vacation for connoisseurs offering stellar wines and breathtaking vistas.
Nothing beats a scrumptious, crisp wine to stir your senses! So plan your next wine-focused vacay to one of these places. Happy journey!