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Want to marry wanderlust with your love of a good drop? You should pay a visit to one of the world’s most infamous wine regions. While the standard wine tour is limited to sipping hard-to-pronounce plonk with a bunch of good mates, these world-class spots are more about the journey – exploring an exciting new culture set amongst the vineyards of a breathtaking foreign landscape – with the added benefit of wine time, all the time. Which iconic wine region is right for you? Take note.
1. Bordeaux, France
If you… want to compliment your cab sav with a chateau stay
One of the top spots in Europe for red, Bordeaux serves up some of the world’s most gloriously decadent vineyards and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re looking for some old-world red wine tasting, followed by – surprise – some more vino on the terrace of a luxurious chateau overlooking the lush French countryside, this is the place for you.
Stay at: Chateau Grattequina
2. Tuscany, Italy
If you… Like to both eat, and drink, well
Nestled within Tuscany’s bounds is the thriving Chianti region – home to some of Italy’s finest organic vineyards, pumping out quality red varieties coupled with glorious weather, scenic mountain trails and local eateries serving up the freshest, authentic Italian fare. The drop of choice? The region’s very own Chianti Classico, marked with the logo of a black rooster.
Stay at: Villa Le Maschere
3. Sonoma County, US
If you… Want to be in wine country, but not too far away from humanity
A wine-filled escape from California’s coastal hustle – but not too far should you decide to sample some of San Francisco’s infamous nightlife after a day touring the vineyards – Sonoma County (and more famously, the nearby Napa Valley region) produces some of the best Pinot Noir the world over. Plus, most of the winery tours are free, and many include additional activities such as cycling paired with a tidy farm-to-table lunch.
Stay at: Bardessono
4. Rheingau, Germany
If you… like medieval architecture, mixed with ridiculously good riesling
Set to the steep terrain of Germany’s Rhine River, the fertile region is full of medieval architecture, good food and even better Rieslings.
Stay at: Schloss Reinhartshausen Kempinski
5. Barossa Valley, Australia
If you… need an adventure to a cosy, countryside cellar door
A short drive from Adelaide will take you to the home of some of the most renowned wines in Australia, and the world. Think Penfolds, Henschke and Yalumba, all nestled in a quiet – yet spectacularly vibrant – rural corner of the southern continent, where you’ll find top-notch Granges and fantastic local food.
Stay at: The Louise
6. Mendoza, Argentina
If you… want a wine surrounded by white-capped mountains
The notorious Andes plays backdrop to sprawling vineyards and authentic bodegas where the quality wine floweth and the Argentine barbecued meats are similarly plentiful. The region’s Malbec grape variety is famous for churning out some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs, while white wine aficionados can get amongst some of Mendoza’s seasonal Semillons.
Stay at: Entre Cielos
7. Maipo Valley, Chile
If you… want to experience reds like no other
If you’re a fan of full-bodied reds, 30 minutes south of Santiago is the wine region for you. Maipo Valley possesses some of the absolute best cabernet sauvignon in all the land – not to mention it’s surrounded by Chile’s Mars-like landscape and so close to the capital you needn’t worry about the price of that cab fare back to Santiago, post-wine tour.
Stay at: Hotel Manquehue
8. Ribera del Duero, Spain
If you… love tempranillo, above all
With nearly 300 wineries in Spain’s northern, vineyard-laden pocket, Ribera del Duero is famed for being blessed with sunshine most of the year round – a unique climate that results in some of the best tempranillo varieties known to man. It’s also pretty close to Madrid – pocket some cellar door-only bottles to re-live the flavours when you’re back in the city.
Stay at: Novotel Valladolid
9. The Aegean Islands, Greece
If you… need a tan as much as a good wine
It may not top the list of the world’s best wine regions for the quality of the drop – but in terms of the view, it wins, hands down. Start in Santorini and island-hop your way around to the myriad wineries dotted amongst the azure blues of the Aegean.
Stay at: Santorini Secret Hotel
10. The Rhone Valley, France
If you… need an extended tour through the vines From Lyon to Arles stretches the famous Rhone valley – in the north, home to some of the world’s best Syrah. The south, it’s all about the Grenache. Travel the entire trail (it’ll take you just shy of a week) and sample Rhone’s local cuisine, stopping when you see the signs for Hermitage.
Stay at: Hotel le Royal
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