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Queenstown, New Zealand

Central Otago is but one region in New Zealand, but it is probably the most prepared for hosting tourists. This small village is an international tourism destination, helped by the land of hobbits and lords that lies to the west. Yes, just west of Central Otago is where the stunning scenery that captured our imaginations in the “The Lord of the Rings” films was filmed.

Pinot Noir, and to a lesser extent Chardonnay and Riesling, is the wine to taste while down here. There are plenty of fabulous wines so you could spend a week here with no problem, though Queenstown might begin to seem small after that much time. The accommodations are top notch, as is the dining, and there are plenty of outdoor activities with which to while away the time. The region offers a rather special blend of highbrow and lowbrow pastimes that make it ideal for a family get away, assuming of course that Queenstown is convenient for you. In my book, it’s still worth making the effort to visit!

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  • Snooth User: beemine1
    234911 50

    What about Charlottesville, VA and the surrounding counties? The landscape is beautiful and there are many hotels and B&Bs to stay in. People forget about Virginia wines, they are up and coming.

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM


  • Snooth User: rosebrien
    79281 34

    I would also strongly recommend the Finger Lakes area of NY State. Much more diverse ladscape than you would expect, and a very strong food and wine culture centered around the hip college town of Ithaca,NY. A truly beautiful and accomodating vacation destination with great wine and food.

    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM


  • Yes... Virginia wine country! Check out this article on Snooth -> http://www.snooth.com/articles/expl...

    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM


  • Snooth User: OUBAL
    579721 2

    Robertson - Boland region of the western Cape, South Africa. Breath-taking hospitality and delicious wines at reasonable prices. Scenery similar to Napa http://www.robertsonwinery.co.za/

    Sep 25, 2012 at 12:04 AM


  • I would agree with Rosebrien above, the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is a wonderful trip!

    Sep 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM


  • Mendoza, Argentine. Beautiful landscapes, excelent food, and plenty of wine of course

    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM


  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    I must say that Toscana (Toscany) is my favorite, qne qf the world best places for traveling from the Sea shore to San Jimignano and then to Montepulcino or to Fireze. And the wine...

    Sep 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM


  • Try the Texas Hill Country west of Austin. Fredericksburg, Texas has a great B&B infrastructure and over 30 wineries within easy driving distance http://texaswinetrail.com/.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM


  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    The Texas advice is interesting and I will certaily try to use it next tume I will be in The USA.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM


  • We loved the Colchagua Valley outside of Santiago, even in the rainy autumn weather--perfect for trying their exquisite reds!

    Sep 26, 2012 at 5:14 AM


  • The Texas Hill Country, and not just Fredericksburg area...don't miss the top of the hill country around Marble Falls and San Saba...the Sonoma of Texas.

    Sep 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM


  • We just held an event at the Allison Inn & Spa in the Willamette Valley -- it's only three years old and was built with wine tourism in mind. Beautiful hotel with a first class restaurant with a chef who earned his stripes at the French Laundry. We also enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Joel Palmer House nearby. And of course, the winery visits were fantastic.

    Sep 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM


  • Snooth User: Tiakittie
    1041141 85

    Don't Forget the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada! Gorgeous scenery, first rate vineyards and wineries and all the fresh BC fruit you can handle!!!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM


  • Snooth User: Itzi Hache
    934967 22

    Rioja Alavesa, Basque Country Spain, wonderful wine, fantastic food, friendly people, just one hour from Bilbao

    Feb 05, 2013 at 7:54 AM


  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    I will be in Rioja tourig wineries next month with a few friends. We are going to be in Rioja and Ribera de Duero 8 days, and we have booked ourselvs at 18 winerries in tese two areas.

    Mar 03, 2013 at 2:54 PM


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