Wine is not simply an alcoholic drink but also an emotion for many people. However, even while tasting the exotic beverage in a romantic setting, one might wonder where the wine was made. For those who wish to take a tour of the world's best vineyards and wineries, here is a list.
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, Duoro Valley in Portugal attracts visitors with its wine, resorts, and wellness retreats. Wineries in this region located in northern Portugal are famed for making red wine.
Duoro Valley is considered one of the most beautiful wine-producing areas in the world and the sight of the Duoro River flowing between the vineyards is stunning.
Located in the Iberian Peninsula of Spain, La Rioja produces the renowned red Rioja wine using traditional as well as modern techniques. Here, the wines are made by mixing grapes and other fruits with spices. Along with tasting the wine and learning the winemaking process, travellers to La Rioja can also enjoy the unique local culture.
Other attractions like the lush Mediterranean forests, tall mountains, and amazing castles make the visit worthwhile. Moreover, the Oja River after which the region is named flows through La Rioja.
This region in New Zealand has recently emerged as the region where one of the world's best wine is produced. Located in the south island of New Zealand, Marlborough is well-known for its picturesque valleys covered with vineyards and extremely beautiful water bodies. The area offers visitors two specialities – the heady white wine and a variety of tasty seafood.
Mendoza is Argentina's wine country located in the lap of the Andes mountain ranges. In fact, two-thirds of the country's wine production takes place in Mendoza, which has some of the world's highest vineyards at an altitude of 2,000-3,000 ft. Apart from the wine, Mendoza lures travellers with its mountains, clear skies, and rustic life.
The most picturesque wine-producing area in California in the US, Paso Robles is home to more than 250 wineries. Over 60 varieties of wines and other combination drinks are made from the grapes grown in this region, which is also well-known for its variety of culinary delights.
Along with the hills covered with vineyards, Paso Robles is blessed with several natural hot springs.
Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, Stellenbosch in South Africa produces both white and red wines. Stellenbosch University, one of the world's top viticulture educational institutions, is located here. Stellenbosch is also the second oldest human settlement in South Africa. Moreover, the place is blessed by nature with charming valleys, fertile hills and vast open spaces.
A wine-producing region in Italy situated beside the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is also famous for its amazing landscapes. The emerald-coloured hills and Tuscan cypress trees add more beauty to the scenery.
Though both red and white wines are produced here, it is the red variety that is more sought-after. Noted wines from Tuscany include Chianti and Sangiovese.