How ? The French don’t have a monopoly on wine? (Spoiler, France is still in this article). Around the world, large and small wine producers open the doors of their vineyards to visitors. To meet them while enjoying the verdant landscapes of vineyards as far as the eye can see, we advise you to travel the many wine routes present in the four corners of the planet. From France to Australia via South Africa, discover our selection of the most beautiful wine routes in the world…
Napa Valley, California
Cross the Atlantic with a flight to San Francisco and discover one of the most important wine regions in the world: the Napa Valley. Second tourist destination in the United States after Disneyland, this Californian valley seven times smaller than the Bordeaux vineyards alone counts 3000 cellars ! Some cuvées are simply unmissable, such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Zinfandel. To explore the Napa Valley, you have the choice: you can either drive freely on the superb roads of the region by renting a car, or take the Wine Train. This tourist train moves through the heart of the vineyards and offers on-board tastings of wines produced in Napa Valley. Something to combine pleasure for the eyes and pleasure for the palate!
The Cape Wine Route, South Africa
Contrary to popular belief, South Africa is not just about its great safari opportunities. The country indeed conceals a multitude of other natural and cultural treasures, following the example of its formidable vineyards. Head to the Cape region, where South African grape varieties are a well-kept secret. On the program: Syrah, Pinotage, Cabernet… and many more. In total, the region has nearly 1000 hectares entirely dedicated to viticulture. Strolling in the heart of these sumptuous landscapes, in an environment that is both mountainous and green, is an unforgettable experience. From must-see Cape Town winerieswe will mention in particular Franschoek and Stellenbosch, keep them in mind when tasting the best bottles in the country.
The Douro Valley, Portugal
Whether you travel it by car, bicycle or scooter, the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful wine routes in Europe. Find a cheap flight to Porto and fly to a destination where wine is an integral part of the cultural landscape. The road winds through the middle of the hills, sometimes crossing a few small villages out of time. You are here in the best place in the world to taste Port wine, which also has the oldest designation of origin in the world (18th century). Do not hesitate to stop at small and large producers to compare the fruity notes of Ruby, Tawny, Vintage and other wine treasures…
The East Coast Wine Route, Australia
Let’s go this time to the other side of the planet to discover a most exotic wine route! The country’s finest award-winning wines are produced on the east coast of Australia. Rent a car and go explore this sumptuous wine route between sea and flowery vineyards. Between two tastings, you will also have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful cities in the region, namely Merlbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane. Among the most beautiful wine regions not to be missed in Australia, we will mention in particular Hunter Valley, in New South Wales. Renowned for its world-renowned Semillon grape varieties, the valley has more than a hundred establishments and many charming wine-growing villages.
The Chianti Valley, Italy
Find a flight to Florence and reach the heart of Tuscany. This is where one of the Italy’s most beautiful wine routes. For millennia already, some of the finest wines on the planet have been produced here, in the four corners of the country. But it is in Tuscany, and more precisely in the Chianti Valley, that we find a beautiful concentration of what is best in terms of Italian wine. Walk through historic villages and hills adorned with cypresses and stop regularly to visit the most beautiful cellars in Italy. At the same time, you can also make an itinerary to discover olive oil factories and walk the paths in the heart of the olive trees… Without forgetting to visit Florence, a magnificent city steeped in history.
Mendoza Valley, Argentina
Viticulture has been booming in Argentina for several years. Is the foot of the Andes that we invite you to experience, and more particularly in the magnificent Valley of Mendoza, sunny and protected from the wind. You will have the opportunity to meet the producers of cabernet sauvignon, bonarda, syrah, tempranillo… But if there was only one wine to taste in the Mendoza Valley, it would undoubtedly be the Malbec, recognized and exported all over the world! But white wine lovers can be reassured, they will also find a whole choice of Chenin, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Sémillon, Viognier… To be discovered in the heart of the exceptional landscapes of the Andes Cordilleras.
The Bordeaux Wine Route, in France
You don’t necessarily want to go to the other side of the world to explore world famous wine routes ? In this case, head for Aquitaine, and more specifically the Bordeaux region! Find a train or flight to Bordeaux and discover some of the the most famous appellations in the world. While here, Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, you will also have the opportunity to taste Merlot, Sémillon or even Cabernet France. But what we appreciate with the Bordeaux wine route is above all the beauty of its landscapes, with its medieval villages and its wide open spaces. A great opportunity to cross the Médoc, the Graves, the Libournais, the Sauternes and the other sub-regions of Bordeaux.
Do you dream of combining your passion for wine with that for travel? Tell us which wine route you have chosen for your next trip! 😉