What’s better than a good glass of wine? A few good glasses of wine, watching the sunset after spending the day exploring vineyards in the glorious sunshine…that’s what. Wine making regions are some of the most beautiful places in the world and with countless wineries offering tastings, tours and gourmet restaurants, they’re a great choice for a relaxing getaway. So sit back, relax and enjoy these 5 best destinations for wine lovers.
Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
A whole island of wine? Waiheke Island really is as dreamy as it sounds. Packed full of vineyards, restaurants and beautiful beaches, it’s perfect for a day trip away from the city. Take the 45 minute ferry from Auckland Harbour and hire bikes to make the most of your time there. There’s also a zip line, horse trekking and the most beautiful holiday cottages you can imagine if you fancy extending your stay a little longer.
Northern California, USA
Despite wine being made in every state (yes, really), Northern California is one of the best spots to visit. Napa Valley is probably the most famous area. Just an hour out of San Francisco, Napa attracts the most tourists and is often packed during the summer. Stop here if you like, or drive a bit further north to Anderson Valley for a more laid back trip. If you have the time you can even head up into Oregon for some great recovery hikes, or more wine. More wine is always a good option.
Swan Valley, Perth, Australia
A lot of the Swan Valley wineries sit on the banks of the Swan River making a wine tasting cruise a perfect (and surprisingly affordable) option. Many of the cruises offer wine tasting lessons, 3 course lunches at award-winning restaurants and entertainment on board so you can really make a day of it. Oh, and did I mention the unlimited wine on board? Best. Day. Ever.
Tuscany is definitely known for more than just the wine, but it certainly is a great bonus. What better way to enhance a trip to Florence or Pisa than with a day or two (or three, or four) in the Chianti region, exploring the medieval towns and rolling hills packed with vines with a glass of Italy’s finest firmly in your hand.
I’ll give you one guess as to what this region’s speciality is…that’s right, this area of northeast France is not only famous for producing the king of all wines, champagne, but it’s also the only place in the world to do so. Only wines made from grapes grown here are allowed to call themselves champagne, which means one bad summer in France and the whole world could be plunged into a devastating champagne shortage. All the more reason to drink it while you can! If you need a break from the bubbles, you’ll find endless hiking trails, beautiful lakes and quaint towns to explore. What a perfect trip!
Where are your go-to destinations for wine lovers? Let me know in the comments!