Best Wine Destinations - Must visit!
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Best Wine Destinations
More than ever, cultural experiences are the reason travellers choose to take a trip somewhere. While food has led the way, you might be surprised to learn that wine too has been growing in popularity with travellers. In fact, wine tasting has become such a big deal that it’s now a vacation in itself, where wine lovers plan trips and activities around the world’s growing list of diverse global vineyards. With so many famous wine destinations to choose from, we have broken down some of the best and unexpected wine destinations you should visit soon. Pack your bags and be sure to leave some space to bring back your favourite bottles.
Though lesser known than some other Greek island hotspots, this vibrant and remarkable destination is Greece’s second largest city. Thessaloniki is full of history, cuisine, and some of the best wine you can find. The native grapes include the white Malagousia and Assyrtiko varieties, which can be found in the mountainous vineyards. Visit Ktima Gerovassiliou, a winery just a few miles from Thessaloniki. There, learn the world history of wine-growing at the onsite museum and relax while sipping on a glass of Malagousia. End your night with a visit to Cheval Wine Bar and Restaurant for dinner. If you are up for some nightlife, head to the historic district of Ladadika, where you will be surrounded by neoclassical buildings, cafes, taverns, and clubs. If you are looking for a wine-filled adventure, Thessaloniki is where you should be travelling to next!
Lake Garda, Italy
Known for being the largest lake in Italy – Lake Garda is situated in the northern part of the country between the cities of Brescia and Verona. Vineyards carpet the region, which is home to some of the country’s classic wines. Bardolino, the areas most famous red wine is made with Corvina Veronese, an Italian grape variety. Book a tasting at boutique Le Fraghe and wind down sipping on a glass of Bardolino, a wine that boasts wild berry and floral aromas. Most wineries in Lake Garda require an appointment, so be sure to book your tasting before you go. End your night with dinner at Il Giardino delle Esperidi – where the menu changes based on the availability of seasonal ingredients, or opt for a panoramic view at restaurant Agriturismo 2 Laghi while you indulge in their gourmet dishes. Lake Garda will not disappoint regardless of the season you choose to visit.
Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico
Known as the Napa Valley of Mexico, this up-and-coming wine destination is expanding quickly. Just a 90 minute drive from California’s southern border, you will find El Valle de Guadalupe. Almost 70% of the wine produced in Mexico comes from Baja California. “Valle”, as the region is affectionately known, boasts a rustic, relaxed, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Miles of winding country roads will lead to gourmet restaurants offering six-course meals and a full wine pairing. Treat yourself to some of the best dining Valle has to offer at Finca Altozano – a restaurant offering Baja Med cuisine which fuses Mexican traditions with European techniques. Head to Cuatro Cuatros for wine tasting or opt to watch the sunset at Bar Bura, an outdoor bar perched on top of a cliff with breathtaking views of the ocean. If you are up for more exploring, head to “La Bufadora” – a natural phenomenon where the ocean water rushes through rock formations and shoots nearly 100 feet (30 meters) into the air. Valle de Guadalupe is a wine destination you won't forget.
While wine is not historically a part of Thai culture, the northern part of the country has been a pioneer in the production of grapes for wine-making since the early 90’s. The wine scene in Thailand has been on the rise and now offers many wineries and trendy wine bars to choose from. If you are looking for a unique experience, head to Monsoon Valley Vineyard in the Hua Hin region where you can explore the vineyards by jeep or by bike and enjoy activities like bottle painting or wine safaris. The tours include a visit to Kuiburi National Park – the best elephant sighting place in Thailand. If you prefer discovering the city, there are many wine bars to choose from such as KangKao, which offers a completely organic wine list. This secret wine bar only holds 16 people; perfect for an intimate date or a small group. Bangkok is truly a one of a kind wine destination.
Napa Valley, California
One of the most famous wine destinations lies in Northern California. This fully developed wine destination has about 400 wineries with tasting rooms, so you don’t have to worry about running out of options. Napa offers something for everyone. Stick to the classics like Beringer Vineyards, which was founded in 1868 and offers a guided tour through its old historic tunnels, or visit the Tank Garage Winery – owned by veterans of the Napa wine industry, this unique and trendy winery operates out of a historic garage that dates back to the 1930’s. Complementing Napa’s wines, you can find a wide variety of Michelin starred restaurants along with casual eateries that are equally as delicious.
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