And we heard that there were some of you out there that would trade whatnot for spectacular wine tasting trip! So for those of you junkies, that revel in the sensuous process of swirling, savouring the smell and relishing the taste and gloating in the after-taste of the precious burgundy liquid, we decided to hunt for the top 10 places across the globe, that you could decide to settle down in maybe, or just visit, to escape reality for a while. So, brace yourself, here goes.
- Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
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Truly a treat for the senses, the valley houses a lake, surrounded by beautiful mountains and extensive vineyards. The varieties of grapes here crosses a mammoth 60 types, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, as well as a variety of fruit wines. Okanagan wines are absolutely unique and you must make sure that you visit the Elephant Island Orchard Wines while some of the over 100 wineries of the region.
- Mendoza, Argentina
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Since long, Argentina has been known for producing brilliant wines, its biggest attraction being the exquisite Malbec. While here, you can also treat yourself to the captivating scenery around, by going for a casual stroll or a horseride. Mendoza produces about 60% of Argentina’s wine and has a perfect climate and altitude for growing grapes. Mendoza’s main grape varieties include Cereza, Criolla Grande, and Malbec, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Cereza, Criolla Grande and Chica. Oh and if you are planning to give it a visit, dont forget to make your bookings in advance in Mendoza, since almost all the wineries are packed around the year.
- Tuscany, Italy
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Think Tuscany, think Chianti. The absolutely enchanting red wine that pairs perfectly with Italian meats and pasta. The picturesque Tuscany with its rolling hills and sprawling carpets of grape vines, still uses the old world wine culture, with wine makers still crushing the grapes with their feet and storing the wine in long vaulted basement cellars, carved out of stone! The main varieties of wines are based on the Sangiovese grape, as well as Bordeaux blends. Must visit Castello del Trebbio, a palace-turned-winery skirting Florence, for a splendid tasting.
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- Napa valley, California, USA
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Napa Valley has since long been one of the most popular wine tasting region in the United States, the wines having gained international acclaim and there being more than a whopping 450 wineries open for tasting. The region produces a variety of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The trip could also include visits to amazing restaurants, spas, towns and charming. Today, over 4.5 million visitors head to Napa Valley for wine tasting, earning the honour by Trip Advisor’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards of being “The World’s Best Wine and Food Destination.”
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- Douro Valley, Portugal
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One of the world’s oldest wine making regions, the picturesque, Douro valley with its historic, stone-walled vine terraces that are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for producing Portugal’s famous port wine. Once there, amidst its winding , narrow roads, you’d want to stop at the Sandeman winery, for its comprehensive tasting chambers. You could also enjoy a boat ride or a train ride at the valley and enjoy the stunning scenic beauty that surrounds you, with a crisp glass of port! What more could any one ever ask for.
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- Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux is one of the world’s oldest and most revered wine producing regions. Everything from crisp table wines to to the world’s most expensive and renowned liquor is produced in this region. The tasting rooms here are exquisite matching the grandeur of the estates that house them. You can treat yourself to some of the country’s finest cuisine here, as well. Famous wines from Bordeaux are typically red, like Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, and Chateau Cheval Blanc, among many others.
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- Burgundy, France
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If you consider yourself a true oenophile, this is one place you have to visit. Although you might find it slightly tough to get into a cellar, there are variety of options to gain entry, including overnight tours that show you around the stunning architecture and scenic beauty of the place as well, although you must plan and book all these tours well in advance. Burgundy, produces both white and red wines, especially Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Champagne is also produced in eastern France, and is home to the world’s most famous sparkling wine called ‘Crémants’.
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- Barossa Valley, Australia
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Known mostly for its red wines, Barosaa valley is one of the major wine producing regions of Australia, home to over 160 wineries, with its high altitude suiting perfectly the needs of the exquisite grapes. The most loved wines here are the refined and elegant Shiraz wines and the Grant Burge wines. The Grenache and the Mataro are also high on the list. Almost all wineries offer tasting here and a lot of them boast free tours and on site eateries as well. So, while you are here, you can enjoy the brilliant wine and the warm hospitality of the Australian wine makers.
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- Central Otago, New Zealand
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Coupled with the spectacular scenery, Central Otago affords any visitor trips to stunning wineries and exceptional wines. The most loved wine here is the Pinot Noir, the climate and altitude here being the best for the finicky grape. The wines here are totally congruent to the wineries that produce and hold them, one of these being the Peregrine winery, which is an example of the amazing architecture peppered around this region. If you do plan a visit here, remember to do so during the harvest season, which falls around March-April.
- Hunter Valley, Australia
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Housing a huge 150 wineries, Hunter valley includes some of the oldest wine families in Australia. The most famous wines of this region are the Shiraz, Semilion, Chardonny, Cabernet Sauvignon and slightly smaller quantities of Pinot noir, with most of the rolling countryside around Pokolbin being under vine. Be sure to visit the picturesque Audrey Wilkinson Winery, Brokenwood wines and the family-owned Krinklewood Biodynamic vineyard
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