Wine has been an integral part of human culture for thousands of years. From the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day wine enthusiasts, this grape beverage has been a staple in celebrations, meals, and everyday life. Today, wine is not just a drink, but it’s also an experience that has become increasingly popular, and people travel around the world to visit famous wineries and vineyards.
After all, the opportunity to sample different wines and enjoy beautiful scenery is simply irresistible. Here are our 6 fantastic wine places in the world and where to find them to have fun drinking, dining, and adventuring.
1. Have a Mediterranean wine experience in Crete, Greece
Crete, the largest island in Greece, has a long history of wine making many are not aware of. The island produces 20% of the country’s wine with around 30 wineries active at the moment. Two indigenous grapes Vidiano and Kotsifali are used to make Crete’s flagship white and red wines that resemble Viognier and Merlot.
Visitors can explore the vineyards and wineries, while also enjoying the island’s beautiful beaches and landmarks, like the Palace of Knossos and the Samaria Gorge. If you plan to come here for the summer holidays, book the tickets for July when Crete hosts the Dafnes Wine Festival.
2. Visit the cradle of wine in Kakheti, Georgia
Based on archeological findings, the first wine originates from the South Caucasus in 6,000 BC, which is today’s Georgia. Kakheti is the country’s most famous wine region, contributing to almost 75% of all production. The most unique varieties here are robust Saperavi and full-bodied Rkatsiteli made with traditional winemaking methods, including the use of qvevri, and large clay pots buried in the ground.
Visitors to Kakheti can explore the region’s historic monasteries and churches, like the Gremi Citadel and the Alaverdi Monastery. Make sure to try some of the local cuisines such as khashlama — boiled beef with parsley and churchkhela — walnut sticks made from flour, nuts, and grape juice. Aim to come to Kakheti between the end of September and mid-October when the Rtveli wine festival takes place, considered by locals as the most joyful event of the year.
3. Meet Hunter Valley — the star wine region of Australia
Located in New South Wales, Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region known for its Shiraz and Semillon grapes. Being just a few hours from Sydney makes this destination a convenient weekend getaway that offers more than picturesque vineyards and many wine tastings. Visitors can also take a hot air balloon ride at sunset or stop by the Hunter Valley Gardens.
Hunter Valley accommodation is available for any budget and any occasion, from honeymoon to team building, luxurious or modest. The region hosts various wine festivals throughout the year, such as the Lovedale Long Lunch and the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival. Spas, golf courses, artisan dining, cycling, and hiking are among the favorite activities of those who come here, besides visiting wine cellars.
4. Try fantastic wines in Lavaux only available in Switzerland
Switzerland is known around the world for many things, but wine is an unexpected one to be talked about. It’s not that the country doesn’t make magnificent wines — it does, but only 2% of them are exported, meaning you have to come here to try them. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, Lavaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its terraced vineyards and Chasselas grapes, used to make white wine.
You can take a walk along the vineyards or explore the local villages, but make sure to try chocolate — a product Switzerland is most recognized for. The city of Vevey hosts The Winegrowers’ Festival (Fête des Vignerons) which features around 15 events taking place over three weeks. This festival is unique for being held once in a generation, roughly every 20 years, with the last one organized in 2019. Until the next Winegrowers’ Festival, you can visit many attractions in Lavaux, like the Castle of Chillon and the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.
5. Taste the spicy wines of Meknes in Morocco
Despite being a Muslim country, Morocco has a growing wine industry across five regions. Meknes is one of the most famous wine regions located in the north of the country, known for its fruity and spicy red wines. The city produces a variety of these beverages, the most popular being Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visitors can explore the region’s four wineries open to the public and sample before buying what they like which makes this a budget-friendly trip. Besides wine tasting, make time to see many of the landmarks and attractions, like the Royal Stables, the Dar Jamai Museum, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the Royal Palace.
6. Enjoy a sophisticated wine journey in Yadkin Valley, North Carolina
When someone mentions wine and sophistication in the USA, Napa Valley is the first thing that comes to mind. However, this huge country has many regions where you can enjoy an equally pleasant stay, like North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. This North American hidden gem is known for its excellent Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot wines.
The area has lots of small towns located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where you can go hiking or have a picnic by the waterfalls. While you won’t lack wineries and vineyards to explore, make sure to stop by some of the natural attractions like Stone Mountain State Park. Another popular outdoor activity here is kayaking which is a perfect way to relax and breathe in the mountain air.
All in all
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoy a glass now and then, visiting these fantastic wine places in the world will be an exciting experience. Since now you know where to find them, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
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