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Where is the most beautiful wine region in the world?

Posted by christopherso, Nov 11, 2008.

I have been to Alsace in France and Mosel in Germany and I think they are both very pretty! What's your favorite, let's share!


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Reply by Philip James, Nov 12, 2008.

I've never seen them personally, so not sure if this counts, but I always liked the quaint Italian towns and their terraced vineyards:



I'll try and find a better picture...

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Reply by Adam Levin, Nov 12, 2008.

My vote goes for South Africa having the most beautiful scenery surrounding their winelands. It's not quaint, just very imposing.

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Reply by terry picillo, Jan 14, 2009.

Well, the Valle d'Aosta region in northwest Italy is hard to beat. At the base of the Alps and some of the most marvelous whites I have every tasted. It is the smallest region in Italy and not very well known for these tasty wines......am sure that will change.

I also believe I heard that it is the highest wine producing region in the world.

Terry

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 14, 2009.

Haven't been there, but I agree with Adam... South Africa is amazingly beautiful!





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Reply by DrSMF, Jan 14, 2009.

Italy and specifically Tuscany offer one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The lesser known Montalcinos and Montalpulciano wines are fantastic. The villages are quaint and unique. There is something for everyone. Walking is a way of life and how could food pairings be better!

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 14, 2009.

Although I haven't been there ... the Oakangan Valley is pretty impressive. Yes, my Canadian pride is showing.








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Reply by terry picillo, Jan 15, 2009.

I'm an "Italian Nut" myself.....all of the areas I've visited are beautiful and I don't think its possible to find a "bad" wine. In addition to Valle d'Aosta, other beautiful areas with delicious wines I have visited are the Venento, specifically, wines from beautiful Eugeni Colli area. Also don't miss the wine area around Lago di Garda as well as, of course, the spectacular Amorones. Piemonte is also beautiful----don't believe anyone that tells you these only "only hills"---to a Floridian, they are definitely mountains!

So much wine......so little time. (I wish I could figure out how to put some pictures up here?)

Terry

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 15, 2009.

Terry - if the images are online, you can link to them using the "insert an image" link just below the comment box

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Reply by terry picillo, Jan 15, 2009.

Yes but when I do that, it will only let me insert a URL link? I can't seem to pull up the pictures on my PC hard drive for selection---I don't know what an "image URL" is for my hard drive? I'm obviously not very "technical".

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 15, 2009.

Terry - sorry, that might not be clear - you can only link to images that are on the internet. If you have images on your hard disk you would need to load them to somewhere like Flickr or Facebook first, then drop the link into the box below.

Hope that helps

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 15, 2009.

I'm still looking for the best picture, but this is sort of what I mean by "Italian Mountaintop" towns:

Piedmont:

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Reply by ChipDWood, Jan 15, 2009.

Wow.. gorgeous shots of the Great White North (Oakangan Valley) there HondaJ.

I gotta say though, my heart is being pulled, dramatically, in a more "southern" direction.



Virginia is for WINE lovers. Baby.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 15, 2009.

Philip - any idea what town that is?
Its way too mountainous for Barolo, but maybe something west of Turin?

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 15, 2009.

Rodolphe - the shot i just posted isnt exactly it, but its close...

The one above is almost tibetan - with its dominant buildings and ice capped mountains. The one i remember from your brochure was more of a quiet village on the edge of a mountain, but alpine, rather than Himalayan...

If it helps i keep thinking of the Ca del Baio - where's that from?

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 15, 2009.

Ca del Baio is from Alba, so i went and googled Alba - and was presented with hundreds of images of Jessica Alba's butt... Took me a while, but i waded past those and found the city of alba, which is not on a mountain side...

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 15, 2009.

The Alto Adige



Southern Trentino




Northern Trentino

My house is just out of frame to the left




Central trentino




Western Trentino



Eastern Trentino



OK so I'm biased. Probably South Africa is the winner but one has to support the home team! Though Tedeschi on Maui have a pretty sweet spot with the West Maui Mountains in the back there..

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 15, 2009.

@Philip ... parallel parking in that Italian village must be a pain in the a**

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jan 15, 2009.

Philip - I think you mean something like this - the town of Neive.



The city of Alba is in the valley (and is home to the Nutella factory...mmm I spent 30 minutes in the parking lot last time just sniffing), but the surrounding hills are dotted with great towns: Barbaresco, Neive, Diano d'Alba, Monforte d'Alba, Serralunga d'Alba, and the incomparable La Morra



The pic that you posted has got to be in the Alps. The tiny amount of wine they make has to be a curio. No way anyone can operate a commercial enterprise up there - I wonder if its a palace or a fortress.

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Reply by Adam Levin, Jan 15, 2009.

These zebras vote for SA too (taken from a tasting room and vineyards are on both sides of this field).

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Reply by sam2, Jan 16, 2009.

The picture Philip posted is in Piemonte - just west of Turin in the alps. It's an old monastery, now museum with no vineyards. We stopped by there on our way to the Olympics - it's stunning. I have to vote for South Africa's winelands as the most beautiful wine region.

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