07 February 2018
With so many wonderful wine-producing regions all over the world, you are spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking to jet across the globe to the famous wine regions in North and South America, South Africa or even down under, or you prefer the more ‘local’ wineries in Europe, we can help you plan an amazing experience. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite worldwide destinations which are renowned for their wine-growing, beautiful vineyards and fantastic wine sampling.
Wine tasting in Châteaux, rolling hills, valleys, and stunning coastlines – France has it all for a perfect combination of fine wines and natural beauty. If sun and sea are the perfect complements to your wine tasting, why not head to Provence or Languedoc? For countryside and quaint villages, Burgundy, Alsace or Loire are not to be missed. And don’t forget Bordeaux – the largest wine-growing region in the world!
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the North and South Islands on New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail. Covering Napier to Blenheim, the highlights include Hawke’s Bay Syrah, Martinborough Pinot and Marlborough Sauvignon. Another must-see is Kaikoura Winery. Sample wine from the hilltop and you may even see whales and dolphins as they pass by.
Napa Valley, California, USA
With over 500 wineries to choose from you will be spoilt for choice in Napa. From luxury hotels to B&Bs, there's accommodation to suit every taste and budget, and with the majority of the wineries being family-run businesses there's a distinct ‘cosy’ atmosphere in the picturesque vineyards overlooking the stunning valley. If you have time, take a day trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train for the ultimate Napa fine wine and gourmet cuisine experience.
Wind your way through Willamette Valley and sample delicious wines, from large-producing estates to boutique vineyards - you can even enjoy the tour in your own chauffeur-driven limousine! Take the time to stop off at one of the many U-Pick farms in Mt Hood Territory, where you can pick raspberries, blueberries, apples and much more - delicious fresh fruit for the day ahead!
Although it's most famous for its magnificent Malbecs, South America’s largest wine-growing country also produces remarkable Cabernets and Torrontes. Set in the foothills of the beautiful snow-capped Andes, the Mendoza region is the main producer of Argentina’s wine – and is a great place to enjoy a sip straight from the source.
Travel along the Andes from valley to valley, sampling the vast array of wines produced by the diverse climates. Not to be missed are the Casablanca, Santiago and San Antonio Valleys, where many tours also include cheese tastings – the perfect accompaniment to the delicious wines!
With many of Australia’s famous wine regions within easy reach of major cities, why not treat yourself to a trip to multiple regions while also experiencing some of Australia’s highlights? There are trips to the Hunter Valley from Sydney, the Yarra Valley from Melbourne or the Barossa Valley from Adelaide.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Renowned for its exclusive production of fortified port wine (Port), tours of this northern Portuguese region are available by boat, train or as a self-drive option. Admire the terraced vineyards overlooking the river, providing incredible scenery throughout the tour.
On the doorstep of Cape Town and the world-famous Table Mountain, the Winelands of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are home to many vineyards within the picturesque mountains of the Western Cape. Away from the vineyards, visit the famous Robben Island, or go on a whale-watching adventure.
If you’ve decided to embark on a grape escape, contact your Travel Counsellor today!