AllTheRooms has rounded up the top destinations for wine vacations, from the sleepy Spanish region of La Rioja, through to the incredible Andean region of Mendoza in Argentina.
Here are 6 of the Top Wine Vacation Destinations Around the World
1. La Rioja, Spain
Rioja is one of the most delicious types of red wine and not many of its fans know that it comes from a place called ‘La Rioja’ in northern Spain. The region has over 500 wineries and some of the top vineyards include Bodegas Muga and Bodegas Marques de Riscal. It’s an incredibly picturesque region that is filled with sleepy Spanish villages and miles of green mountains. Meanwhile, in the nearby region of Navarra, a few hours drive to the East, and head to Bodegas Irachehas, which was originally a wine fountain to cater to the pilgrims walking the famous camino de santiago route. The idea was that pilgrims can serve themselves a free glass of wine along the long walk.
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2. Douro Valley, Portugal
Now over to Spain’s neighbor: Portugal and the Douro Valley. The region is known for its fresh and fruity port, which is a sweet red wine that is best paired with desserts. The Douro River Valley is a beautiful area to explore and it’s known as one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions, with a history dating back to the Roman era. Hire a car and explore the lush, green valley roads — be sure to bring your inner daredevil as the winding, steep roads aren’t for the faint-hearted. Top wineries to visit include Quinta Roeda, which is one of the region’s oldest dating back to the 16th century, and Quinta das Carvalhas, which has a stunning view of the valley.
3. Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch is known as the best wine region in South Africa. Wine pilgrims come to the area to guzzle it’s incredible Pinotage wines. The area is surrounded by striking granite mountains and there are tons of vineyards reasonably close together. Head to the sub-region of Banghoek to sample the world’s most delicious Chardonnay.
4. Mendoza, Argentina
Heading to South America? Then you need to check out Argentina’s famous Mendoza wine route. The area has incredible Andean Scenery, with snow-peak mountains and a rugged landscape. Thanks to its temperate climate, Mendoza is known for it’s Malbec wine and Vino Patero, which is when the grapes have been pressed by feet. Top wineries to visit include Familia Zuccardi and the Maipú and Bodegas López vineyard, which are both located in Maipú in the Mendoza region.
5. Santorini, Greece
The beautiful, volcanic island of Santorini in Greece is known as a great wine-vacation destination. Not only is it one of the most romantic destinations in the world, thanks to its cliff-side white house and blue-domed churches, but there are tons of wineries on the island. Because of the island’s volcanic terrain, the grapes have a really distinct flavor that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. The most popular winery to visit on the island is Santo Wines in the town of Pyrgos. And — if you want some more inspiration, we’ve rounded up 5 jaw-dropping places to stay in Santorini.
6. Bordeaux, France
No trip to Bordeaux would be complete without sampling one of the region’s deep-flavored red Merlots. For many, Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world and the area is famous for its production of delicious red wine, with over 80 percent of its products being of the red variety. The area is best explored by bike and you can move from one vineyard to another while stopping at a château en route. Top wineries include Château de Pitray and Château Mouton Rothschild.