With the advent of technology and people’s preferences, wine has turned out to be one of the most elegant drinks today. And there is nothing more charming and adventurous than planning your next trip at the world’s finest and elite wine destinations. Most of the wineries worldwide have set their standard, catering to all the preferences of a wine lover. Please read below to get the know-how of the world’s five elite travel destinations solely meant for the oenophiles, as they are eye-openers!
Sonoma County, California
Situated in California, Sonoma County stands to be a much-overlooked travel destination amongst the wine lovers. But once here, you will never regret it. Set in the foothills of Napa Valley, Sonoma County comprises around four hundred-odd wine distilleries. It is an hour’s drive from San Francisco, and the entire stretch defines the beauty of winemaking at its best. Most of the wineries produce cool-climate wines, like the chardonnays, pinot noir, and Andre champagne. You can plan for a weekend to visit the lush green redwood forest beside the rugged coastline. The entire way to Sonoma valley is full of picturesque locales while you can take a short break from various vineyards, namely Paul Hobbs and Iron House, to enjoy a few sips of sparkling reds. These wine distilleries have their tasting room to cater to the convenience of their visitors. You can also transform your holiday into an adventurous one by visiting one of the fifty national parks. Choose any one package of camping or hiking and ziplining and kayaking to make your trip a memorable one!
Visiting Burgandy’s vineyards is worth the effort, as the place is best known as France’s power-house of producing wine. So, if you are an oenophile, you should start planning for your next wine trip. But getting inside the wineries in Burgundy is not very simple, as you have to take prior appointments. There is no concept of the vineyards’ tour and tasting, like at the famous Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Owing to the small tasting rooms, most of the wineries never allow any individual without proper reservation. Contact the person concerned to get the know-how of the appropriate procedure of entering the vineyards. Right from overnight tours to a couple of hours during the daytime, you can cherry-pick according to your requirement. Book well in advance to avoid any last-minute confusion. As an icing on the cake, you can also plan for a day’s trip to Dijon’s medieval city to witness the Roman cathedrals and lush green wilds with rivers flowing. Burgundy will never disappoint you for the simple reason of its elegant pinot noirs and chardonnays.
Barossa Valley, Australia
The charming Barossa Valley is truly one of the wine-lovers elite travel destinations. The place is a couple of hours drive from the Southern part of Australia, and will never let you down. This place is well-known for producing Jammy Shiraz and a handful of finest Rieslings of Australia. All the wineries have the provision of wine-tasting with brunch facility. So, you can plan accordingly, spend an entire day in the vineyards of Barossa valley, and relax by having a sumptuous meal. For instance, you can spend a whole day at Yalumba and later plan for a drive to Seppeltsfield Winery as both the wineries are famous for their Centennial Collection right from the 19th century!
Central Otago, New Zealand
How about planning for a Hollywood style vacation, and that too in one of the most renowned wine distilleries? Yes! You can get a similar feeling at New Zealand’s Central Otago. Right from the serene beauty of flowing rivers, lush green valleys, and massive snow-capped mountain peaks—you will never regret planning to come here for a vacation. New Zealand’s age-old and highest wine-producing regions warmly usher all visitors with their array of Pinot Noirs and sweet-smelling white wines, like Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer. Wanaka’s Rippon Vineyard is the age-old winery with a jaw-dropping lake-side view. Visit the Peregrine, situated in Gibbston Valley, to witness its architectural wonder (the entire building looks similar to the wing of a peregrine falcon.) To enjoy your wine trip to the fullest, you have to plan your holiday during March or April, owing to the reversal of seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Portugal has always been a traveller’s delight. And to make it more exciting, the vineyards add to its glory. The northern sector of Portugal is famous for the vines, and the world’s one of the oldest wine manufacturing places. Since the 3rd century A.D., with the introduction of wine by the Romans, the Douro valley is best-known as one of the most recent wine port countries. It is best to reach this place via train or a boat, as the roads are too winding! Take an appointment at Douro valley’s Sandeman winery. Taste the best of their table wines, and grab a bite at their eatery on the foothills of Quinta do Crasto, with the beautiful Douro river flowing at its side.
The impulse of travelling is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. And we plan to travel for our fulfilment of various desires. The pleasure that we derive from these travels is directly dependent on our mindset and how we enjoy the place. The same is for the elite destinations meant for all lovers of sparkling reds and crispy white wine! As mentioned earlier, five elite travel destinations should lure you in planning for your next vacation. So, wait no more and start planning for your next wine trip!
Rebecca Siggers is a passionate writer & guest blogger. Writing helps her to improve her knowledge, skills & understanding about the specific industry. She loves writing & sharing her knowledge mostly in the Travelling Industry. She believes travelling is the key to a peaceful life & wants to spread her belief across the world. Apart from writing, She loves Traveling and Reading.