Wine Tourism Destinations to Visit

Cape Legends 2For wine enthusiasts seeking a getaway, nothing can be better than the opportunity to take your holidays in a location where  your favourite tipple is produced.

There are many available tours of some of the greatest wine regions in the world, and these can often be combined with cycling and walking holidays if you’d like a variety of activities along with your tasting sessions.

With an array of wineries throughout the world, and many places to choose from, we’ve put together a short list of suggested locations for your wine-based holiday.

Wine Tourism #iwinetc1) St Emillion Heritage Route, France

If you’re a Bordeaux wine fan, it can be difficult to choose a location for the best tasting, as this region is so vast. Visit the town of St Emillion, which has a small wine route tour of its large wine areas. You can see this on a half hour train ride which wends its way through the vineyards surrounding the village. Not only will you learn a lot about the area, its wines and local cuisine, you’ll also see the beautiful scenery. There’s even the opportunity to make your own wine!

2) Napa Valley, California

Visit the California wineries in Napa Valley for an astounding wine tasting experience. Scenic vineyards are dotted across the landscape of this area of northern California, just 50 miles north of San Francisco. You’ll find vineyards growing more than 50 types of grape here: the perfect variety for the travelling connoisseur!

Wine region3) Turin, Italy

Turin is less touristy than other wine-making regions of Italy, but has a very long history of wine making nonetheless. It’s a tranquil atmosphere, with wonderful cuisine to complement the delicious wines. Total bliss.

4) Central Otago, New Zealand

On New Zealand’s South Island, this mountainous region is beautiful from October, when the southern hemisphere’s summer weather begins. This is the most southerly grape-growing region on earth, and it’s a relatively recent addition to the wine-growing trade: climate change has lately enabled the grapes to grow for ideal Pinot Noir.

Raventos i Blanc 15) Cape Town, South Africa

This area’s award-winning vineyards are also renowned for breath taking scenery and fascinating cellar and vineyard tours. Acclaimed vintages from this region include Wellington, Paarl and Franschhoek, among many others.

Pack your bags and get travelling to some of these fantastic wine-oriented destinations: the wine won’t drink itself!

If you are in the wine and culinaary tourism business and love Champagne then get yourself registered for the Intrnational Wine Tourism Conference 2015!

Feel free to add your favourite wine tourism destination in the comments section below.

  • Letizia Mancinelli

    Have you ever visited Marche in Italy, where verdicchio dei castelli di Jesi wine is made? It’s a wonderfull place and you can find a lot of winery.

    • Yes Marche is indeed a beautiful wine region particularly around the coast between Ancona and Loreto. A wine tasting in the Grote di Frasassi is a wonderful experience.

  • Riccardo Margheri

    Turin is not a wine region, it is a city with more than 1 million inhabitants. The Langhe and Monferrato Area, recently acknowledged World heritage Area by Unesco, lies within the Piedmont provinces of Cuneo and Asti, not Turin. There is just a small production of wine within the Turin province. it is true that the city can be used as a base by the tourists visiting Langhe (one hour away), but it is not a wine region at all.
    Kind regards
    Riccardo Margheri