Are you a victim of wanderlust who also enjoys a glass of wine? If so, there’s surely no better vacation than a wine-tasting adventure? If you’re thinking of combining two loves on your next trip, here are some of the best places in the world to go wine tasting.
Hunter Valley, Australia
Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is an idyllic spot to soak up the views and sample the local produce. This is one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions, and it’s a marvelous place to admire rolling hills and clear blue skies. The area is home to more than 150 producers, and there’s an array of options on offer for keen guinea pigs. The Semillon and Shiraz are world-famous, and the Chardonnay is also well worth a try. The Hunter Valley is not just renowned for its wine. It also has an excellent reputation for organic produce and craft beers. If you have the chance, stay for lunch after your tour. You won’t be disappointed.
Hermann Wine Trail, Missouri
We tend to overlook what’s on our doorsteps when we’re planning our next adventure. If you’re looking for a staycation, you don’t have to venture out of the US to enjoy incredible wines. The Hermann Wine Trail is a gem in Missouri’s crown, attracting visitors from far and wide every year. The trail, which treats you to more than 20 miles of scenic vineyards scattered along the twisting, turning Missouri River, is home to seven family-run wineries. If you want to get the best out of your trip, try and time your visit to coincide with an event at the Hermann Wine Trail. They take place throughout the year, and they draw large crowds. A popular option is the Chocolate Wine Trail, which is the perfect St Valentine’s Day treat for wine lovers and chocoholics.
Loire Valley, France
France is widely regarded as one of the world’s premium wine producers, and there are several regions you can visit and enjoy guided winery tours. The Loire Valley is perhaps the highlight, as you can combine tasting menus and informative tours with trips to the stunning chateaux and quaint riverside towns. During your stay, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a few glasses of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. If you have time, it’s well worth booking some cooking classes while you’re staying in the valley. You’ll learn how to create some French classics, and how to match them with complementary wines.
If you’re a wine lover with a passion for travel, there’s no better way to spend your vacation than visiting wineries, learning about the winemaking process, and of course, sampling the end product. There are some incredible places to visit in the world, and these are just a few ideas to get your taste buds watering. If you fancy a vacation with a difference, why not look into booking a wine-tasting tour to Australia or France or enjoy a unique staycation?