The Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World


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The Best Wine Travel Destinations in the World Have you been bitten by the travel bug this winter? While every glass of wine is a journey, wine travel will deliver your wine experiences to new heights. Enotourism is a relatively new travel concept, and it’s growing at a rapid pace. According to a 2007 study by the Travel Industry Association, wine tourism exploded during the first decade of the 21st century. Sixty percent of those surveyed expressed interest in food and wine related travel, while seventeen percent (or 27 million people) confirmed wine-related travel at least once during the previous three years. These numbers have surely increased over the past nine years. That said, wine travel opportunities abound in all corners of the globe. Veer off the beaten path this winter and indulge in some enotourism, as recommended by the web’s top wine writers.

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  • Snooth User: johndozier
    1912766 6

    You missed the German Weinstrasse between Neustadt and Bad Durkhiem. It is the glory of the Pfalz region-great scenery and wine.

    Mar 04, 2016 at 1:43 PM

  • Snooth User: rhboulet
    696619 7

    USA Today named the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia as "the world’s second best wine region to visit amongst a list of the top 10 worldwide wine destinations." See:

    Mar 04, 2016 at 1:59 PM

  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    540750 839

    The obvious omission for me is the Mosel River area of Germany.

    Mar 04, 2016 at 2:19 PM

  • Snooth User: rhboulet
    696619 7

    Also not mentioned here is the Alentejo region of Portugal, rated #1 in the article linked in my previous post.

    Mar 04, 2016 at 3:39 PM

  • Spain is a great country to visit and enjoy not just it's wine but also the amazing food culture.
    Best of Spain runs very interesting Wine Experiences, visiting not just wineries and vineyards but a range of Wine related activities through the wine week.

    Mar 04, 2016 at 4:04 PM

  • Snooth User: TomColman
    1373975 43

    Why divide France in Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire (all justified) and then consider Italy as one wine holiday destination. As if Sicily is even comparable to Friulu. You just don't get Italy, do you....

    Mar 04, 2016 at 4:23 PM

  • You need to check out Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe area only a few hours south of San Diego for some really great wines!!

    Mar 04, 2016 at 4:27 PM

  • Snooth User: Tomap
    934098 8

    You forgot New Zealand. One big destination in a small country. Afterwards you can 'nip' over to Australia, their Shiraz will blow your mind. Try and drink the Barossa Valley dry!!!!

    Mar 04, 2016 at 5:23 PM

  • Zuiko nails it with the Mosel omission. I thought about writing about the Mosel. One of the most exciting wine destinations on earth. Cheers!

    Mar 04, 2016 at 8:24 PM

  • Snooth User: tazir
    1977207 12

    Very superficial piece on Italy. The country is 1,200 km (almost 800 miles) long with large differences in climate, terrain, temperature and more. There is no detailed description of a specific area like Chianti in Tuscany or Barolo/Barbera in Piemonte etc. Not worth reading it. To add insult to injury, Barbaresco is misspelled.... A real expert!!!!

    Mar 04, 2016 at 10:54 PM

  • Snooth User: Ratfink52
    1568156 20

    You're right on the money Tomap, No-one who has been to the wine areas of South Australia would has left them off the list. The Barossa, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are icons and home to some of the world's best wineries - Wolf Blass, Penfolds, Jacobs Creek, etc. Then there is Margaret River and what about the Pinots of Tasmania. I've been to many of the destinations reviewed in this article and let's just say my views differ somewhat from the writer.

    Mar 04, 2016 at 11:47 PM

  • You forgot the glorious wines of Portugal.. Portugal produces some of the tastiest and most delicious wines around! Also, you forgot to mention the wines, vineyards of Priorat, truly some of the finest wines in Spain. En Espanol: Portugal elabore unos de los vinos sabrosos y vinos deliciosos! Ustedes fallaron mencionar los vinos y los vinyados de Priorat, unos de los mas vinos en todo de Espana, menos que el mundo de vinos!

    Mar 05, 2016 at 1:24 AM

  • Snooth User: anthimog
    1537099 9

    You missed Greece and Cyprus. Greece has 4 areas, Nemea with the Red Agiorgitiko, Naousa with the Red Xinomavro Mantineia with the white Moschofilero and Santorini with the white Assyrtiko. As for Cyprus, there are 6 villages in the Troodos Mountains, including my village Arsos, whith the local varietie, red Mavro and white Xinisteri.

    Mar 05, 2016 at 4:07 AM

  • Snooth User: anthimog
    1537099 9

    Sorry, forgot to mention the Cypriot area of Koumandaria where makes the ancient sweet wine Coumandaria, the wine for the Kings....Read more here...

    Mar 05, 2016 at 4:16 AM

  • Snooth User: loccasion
    1862723 31

    Great lineup here -- it's definitely the memories that make a wine vacation great!

    I'd love to add Provence to the list: welcoming winemakers, rich wine history, fantastic food, gorgeous environment & fun people. I have great memories of my wine tasting trips to Provence. Cheers!

    Mar 05, 2016 at 3:59 PM

  • You missed South America!! Mendoza in Argentina - Casablanca and Colchagua in Chile have great wines and beautiful vineyards. If you want to try different varieties like país and carmenere you should go there.

    Mar 06, 2016 at 10:31 PM

  • Snooth User: boileree72
    1928364 28

    Other great wine locations are Monterey/Carmel Valley and Paso Robles in California.

    Mar 07, 2016 at 2:02 PM

  • Snooth User: Kenner
    118554 34

    For US travelers, getting to BC's Okanagen is not difficult, and its a great place, as rhboulet says.
    Was there this past summer...great wine, food, people, scenery. Not to be missed.
    You might want to read:

    Mar 22, 2016 at 2:50 PM

  • Snooth User: Tim Tobish
    1257090 33

    Have a bottle of the Conn Valley 2008 cab...I bought it as a treat when I passed WSET L2.

    My favorite wine destination so far has been Margaret River, Australia.

    Dec 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM

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