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World’s Best Wine Vacation Destinations ~ A Gluggable Guide

From Italy to California, Spain to South Africa, discover the world’s best wine destinations and sip some time away among the vines.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy, lures wine lover’s from around the globe each year. While it could be the iconic 2003 film “Under The Tuscan Sun” that fuelled the notion that this destination is all about romance and fine wine, travelers who have experienced the region would agree that such bliss truly does resonate from the destination. 

Traveling to Tuscany to experience their iconic Chianti wine is a great way to learn about wine from around the world. The Italian countryside is undeniably breath-taking, and the wine experience offered here is unmatched.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California, can give you an exceptionally unique grape escape if wine indulgence is what you’re after on your next vacation. The incredible scenery is compiled of extravagant wine caverns, lavish estates, tiered hillsides, and a reputation for wine that is growing rapidly. Napa Valley is also a top-notch choice, thanks to its rich wine history.

Visiting Napa Valley offers a memorable wine experience, although the region also caters to travelers in other ways. You can indulge in a spa or golfing experience, among many others, while visiting this beautiful California region.

Rioja Alavesa, Spain

Ben at Ysios in Rioja Alavesa

Ask anyone what their favourite Spanish wine is and more than likely they’ll mention Rioja. What most people don’t realise however is that a large chunk of the Rioja wine region is located in the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Known as Rioja Alavesa, it is the smallest of the La Rioja sub-regions and is protected by the Sierra de Cantabria and Sierra de Toloño mountain ranges. 

The Basque Country is also home to the Michelin-star gilded cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian, making it one of the finest places to eat and drink on earth. Stay in a glitzy vineyard hotel or stay in one of the medieval fortress towns and check-in to an ancient property – some of which have their own wine secret production facilitates!

Catalonia, Spain

Freixenet Wine Tasting in Penedes outside of Barcelona

Barcelona is the famous capital of this sun-drenched Spanish region and is a dream vino-sipping destination in its own right. But it’s also surrounded by some of the very best wine regions in Europe. From the organic/bio wines of Alella to the world-famous cava region of Penedes, there’s plenty of variety (and extreme) quality to explore – all bathed in the Mediterranean sunshine.

The best of doing winery visits from Barcelona is that you can hop on a train and spend the morning among the vines, and then be back in the city in time for dinner and more wine tasting in Barcelona’s legendary wine bars and bodegas by the evening.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa is another stellar choice for a wine vacation as the world-renowned vineyards located here are unlike any other. Cape Town offers exceptional enotourism and is widely considered to be world-class. Once again, wine won’t be the only priority on your itinerary as the iconic table mountain view is simply unparalleled. However, some of the best wines in the world are sourced from Cape Town’s renowned vineyards.

Visting this South African region is an excellent choice as you will be able to indulge in remarkable scenery, near-perfect weather conditions unless you travel during the windy season, and unique cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. 

Planning Your Wine Experience

Once you’ve settled on your ideal wine holiday destination, you’ll be able to start planning your vino-fulled trip. Be sure to brush up on your wine knowledge before jetting off to your chosen destination. There are tons of resources online that will transform any ordinary being into a vino boffin in a matter of no time at all. Enhancing your wine knowledge is will allow you to understand and appreciate your experience more fully.

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