If you are tired of always drinking chilled wine from your wine refrigerator, it’s time you travel to a vineyard taste some fresh wine. What makes a vineyard an ideal vacation spot? Superb taste, a spectacular scenery, fresh served food, all of this topped with a luxurious stay that in no way compromises on the comfort you long for. Those of you who’ve been on vineyard tours earlier are aware that the beauty is a match to none. With the oeno-tourism emerging as a niche in the global tourism industry, new and serene vineyards keep making it to the list of wine lover’s prospective travel destinations.
We have picked out the 5 most breathtaking locations that are a must-visit for all of you claiming to be genuine oenophiles out there.
1. Santorini, Greece
Santorini easily makes it to the list of most majestic islands with a view to kill for. Apart from its astounding views and white washed bobs that surround the Aegean Sea, it is home to the oldest vineyards in the whole of Europe. Among its dozens of wineries, you get to taste the freshly brewed Assyrtiko white wine and Vinsanto’s dessert wines, to name a few.
You can rent motorbikes or book your tours to experience the aromas, culinary and sensational vineyards that await you. Enjoy the wine tasting to the fullest while staying under a budget. That’s what makes this to the top of your list.
2. Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, Australia
Hahndorf of Adelaide hills is renowned for its pleasantly cool climate and perfectionist award-winning winemakers. Hosting nearly 90 wine labels, the natives are way too passionate about producing celestial wine by hand, that takes you to a whole new level of wine tasting. The area is full of spectacular vineyards, each topping the other.
The Lane, Bendbrook Wines and Hahndorf Hill Winery, to name a few, are the tourists’ most desirable spots. Whether you plan a lunch, a wine tasting, or vineyard tour, the hospitable staff will make it all worthwhile.
3. Loire Valley, France
Situated along the longest French river Loire, this valley is stretched along the magnificent mountains of France. Since the valley is so vast in area, dozens of vineyards fall in its range with a versatility of climate, all producing a taste of their own.Cabernet Franc and Gamay are famous for their scrumptious red wine while the hub for the crispiest and acclaimed white wine is Savennières.
Having been in the profession for hand produced wine making for generations, these vineyards are exceptionally beautiful, also providing great value for money, compared to other expensive locations.
4. Okanagan Valley, Canada
Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, has to be one of the fastest booming wineries, having grown from 30 to 130 in a span of twenty years., making it the second largest wine region. The valley has a perfect vacation climate, if you’re looking for an escape from colder climates. You can choose from a self guided tour or an organised winery tour, depending on how adventurous you are, and how much you’re willing to spend.
The best part about selecting this as your vacation spot is that you get to taste wine from family-run vineyards to world class corporate operations, all internationally acclaimed. These vineyards are definitely a treat to visit.
5. Stellenbosch Vineyards, South Africa
Located in the heart of South Africa wine industry, Stellenbosch is a portrayal of the rich heritage of wine producing. Not only that but the area is renowned globally for its exports to around 40 countries, Tastings from 50 year old bush wines on the minimum are often free, which is a rare occurrence. Spending a day in Stellenbosche will be a day well spent. Allée Bleue, Tokara, Kanonkop are a few of the best vineyards located in the region.
Wine tasting with picturesque sceneries, what more could one ask for?