Guest blog post by Mark Davis, Tango Tours.
There is nothing more alluring than relaxing in the world’s top wine regions. If wine is all that you have on your mind, then this article is just for you. A compilation of the top 10 wine destinations that you can visit in the next year.
Various tours are also arranged at all these places for visitors wishing to explore the wineries and taste the wines.
1. Mendoza in Argentina
This region is home to more than 1500 wineries and 350,000 acres of vineyards. Wherever you look, all you will see will be vines. Mountain peaks and blue skies sets the perfect setting for wine tasting. 75% of Argentinian grapes come from Mendoza. All these make Mendoza a must visit wine destination.
Mendoza is world renowned for its Malbec red wine which is followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
2. Bordeaux in France
Bordeaux is one of the largest wine manufacturers in the world. Most popular red wines from this region are made from a blend of various grape varieties. Some of them are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.
Wines from this region have a very characteristic taste and aroma.
3. Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California, USA
Wines and Napa and Sonoma are practically inseparable. Wines produced in these two places are lauded world over, they receive a staggering 4 million visitors every year. Various wine tours are also arranged here which give tourists the perfect experience of their vineyards.
4. La Rioja in Spain
La Rioja is a well known place for its booming wine industry. This region is ideal for any travel addict who loves to explore. La Rioja is famous for its red wines made with native grown grapes. Some of the top wines produced here are Artadi, Finca Allende and Contador apart from many more.
5. Burgundy in France
Burgundy is a fairly small region in France. As per the popular notion, France is famous for its wines and Burgundy certainly lives up to that. Some of the world’s most expensive and unique wines are produced here. The wines produced here are known as “Burgundies.” The dry red wines are manufactured from Pinot Noir grapes and white wine is made from Chardonnay grapes.
6. Yarra Valley in Australia
Yarra Valley is a cool climatic region so produces some of the finest Shiraz, Chardonnay, sparkling wines and Pinot Noir in the world. Yarra Valley is home to more than 160 wineries. With its proximity to Melbourne, it is easily accessible on any holiday or weekend.
Some great tours are arranged for visitors that include wine tasting along with food and tour of the wineries. Even hot air balloon rides are given here – the ultimate experience!
7. Tuscany in Italy
Tuscany is very much like wine…the more you visit this place, the more you fall in love with it! Wine tours here are not just tasting sessions, they are experiences of a lifetime. Some of the most famous wines produced in Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Wineries in this region practice age old traditional winemaking practices. This is what makes wine from Tuscany remarkable.
8. Casablanca in Chile
Casablanca is Chile’s most rapidly thriving wine region. It is a budding valley that employs some of the most advanced winemaking techniques. It has gained popularity relatively fast and produces some of the best savoury white wines named Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
9. Alentejo in Portugal
Alentejo is distinguished for its table wines being produced from indigenous grape varieties. It is a vast region covering almost one third of the area of Portugal. Enormous vineyards, picturesque scenery and of course the variety of wine is what makes this destination a must visit for every wine lover.
10. Willamette Valley in USA
This region is known for its world class Pinot Noir and has 500 wineries under its hood. Tours here are exceptional as you get to learn all about wine making and viticulture from the trained experts. Private tours ensure total personalisation of your visit.
Other notable wines being produced from this region are Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.
To learn more about these wine regions, have a look at the Gifographic shared by Tango.Tours below.