Sometimes, there’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine. But have you ever wondered where some of your favorite wines come from or where you can go to enjoy them?
Here is a comprehensive list of some of the best wine countries around the word:
1. Auckland, New Zealand
Treat your taste buds to some of the finest wines from the largest wine companies in the country in Auckland, New Zealand. The climate and rich soils make perfect growing grounds for high-quality boutique wineries.
2. Stellenbosch, South Africa
South Africa is home to a vast wine region, but most wines come from the Stellenbosch area. Located a mere 30 minutes east of cape town, the fertile land in the area makes it a chief location for winemakers to set up shop.
The area has turned into quite the tourist attraction, bringing wine and food lovers to the area. Several vineyards are available to tour, including Kanonkop, a vineyard well known for south Africa’s best reds like the area’s famous pinotage. There is a vast collection wine you can order online as the best South African wines are hard to find.
3. La rioja, Spain
With a countryside spotted with wineries, it is no wonder la rioja, Spain is renowned for its wine. Considered Spain’s most famous area for wine, la rioja features medieval architecture and tasty wines.
You can expect wines from grapes like tempranillo, Garnacha, gracianos, mazuelos, viuras, malvasias, granacha blancas, and tempranillo Blancos. The region supplies everything from young white wine, to rosados, and aged red wines. If this information isn’t enough, vogue told its readers in July 2017 that it is a must-visit tourist attraction for those who aren’t native to the region.
4. Finger lakes, New York, U.S.
Home to more than 100 wineries, finger lakes is new york’s largest wine-producing area. Some of the area’s finest wine spots are Fulkerson winery, heron hill winery, Wagner vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 vineyards, and more.
The U.S. is home to several other wine regions across the country including Napa Valley, California and Augusta, Missouri.
5. Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Planted around the Saar and Ruwer rivers, winemakers use the rich soil from the rivers to grow premium grapes for wine. Often considered one of the most difficult terrains to cultivate wine, growers in the area plant downwards toward the riverbank, which is steeply sloped.
Area growers claim this back-breaking planting style is great because it allows rainwater to drain quickly. Vineyards in the area make the most expensive wines in the world: Trockenbeerenauslese and eiswein.
6. Mendoza, Argentina
Take a scenic trip to Argentina to the country’s most famous wine region. Vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world growing the Cereza and Criolla Grande grapes for the wine that put them on the map. Now, the area produces malbec, tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay.
Areas to visit include the vines of Mendoza in Uco valley as well as Familia Zuccardi and Bodegas López, both located in the maipú area.
7. Douro valley, Portugal
Much like more widely known wine countries in France and Italy, the options for wineries in Douro valley are almost innumerable. The area is famous for its clarets and burgundy-style wines and is home to the Quinta da Pacheca winery, one of the oldest wineries in the Douro.
8. Sicily, Italy
Nothing says wine quite like the beautiful Italian countryside. Visit this area of the country, which is mainly known for its fortified marsala wine. Recently, however, winemakers have touted international success in created Nero d’avola.
Some notable wineries in the area include the gambino winery, florio, azienda vinicola minardi, and benanti winery.
9. Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
Heralded as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations by wine magazine in 2012, this wine region is nestled in the foothills of northern Hungary. Don’t let the quaintness of the area fool you. Winemakers have been creating the famous deliciously sweet wines in this area for 900 years.
Some of the popular areas in the region include dobogó, one of the finest wine cellars in the region. According to wine magazine, the cellar with “delight you with its rustic, old-world charm, quality dry white wines, and delicious tokaji aszús.”
10. Bordeaux, France
Home to the city of love, France is no stranger to wine. A wine region packed with culture and commerce, Bordeaux is famous for the red clarets that share its namesake. Wine production in the region dates back to between 37 and 68 A.D.
The area is home to the annual vinexpo where wine enthusiasts can travel to France every two years for the world’s largest wine fair. But of course, Bordeaux isn’t the only area in France that is popular for its wine. Burgundy and champagne are also prominent wine-producing regions in France.
11. Mclaren Vale, Australia
Find something to satisfy your taste buds as you venture through the outback. The wine country is so large in this area that it is managed by an association called the McLaren vale grape, wine, & tourism association. Mclaren Vale is located only minutes south of Adelaide and is home to a variety of sustainable winegrowers.
The wines produced in the area include shiraz, fiano, vermentino, barbera, montepulciano, nero d’avola, and tempranillo.
These 11 wine regions are were more than 90% of the wine is sourced from and offer the different varieties to cater for everyone’s palate. The next time you order your wine, get creative, and choose a wine from a country that is not as well known.
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