Most Popular Wine Regions
Wine tasting has become a top vacation priority for tourists around the world. It provides a relaxing experience, coupled with gorgeous vineyard scenery and informative tours of the grounds. In fact, wine tourism has gotten so popular that wineries have begun to add special elements to their tours including wine-tasting dinners and private tasting rooms. These are some of the most popular wine regions worldwide.
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Main grape varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay
Take highway 97 north of the United States-Canada border through Osoyoos to Vernon, and you will find one of the most amazing wine regions in the world. Here, you can tour more than 100 wineries, and a good starting point is Penticton.
Main grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenere
For wine connoisseurs, there is not much to be said about Bordeaux that you don’t already know. It is one of the most respected wine-producing regions in the world, and one of the few places that even non-wine drinkers have probably heard of. It is a must-visit, let’s leave it at that.
Main grape varietals: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
One of the top up-and-coming wine regions is Argentina, more specifically Mendoza. They offer the whole package including tours, tastings, and dinners; however, due to its increasing popularity, you must book reservations in advance.
Main grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chianti
My ultimate recommendation would be to check out the vineyards in Tuscany. First of all, wine pairs with food, and where else are you going to find better food than Italy? Second, wine in this region is still produced by crushing the grapes with your feet and storing it in vaulted basement cellars carved into the rock. Old school wines are the best wines because there is a lot that goes into each step of the process.
Napa Valley, California, United States
Main grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
The top spot in the States has belonged to Napa Valley for as long as anyone can remember. If you are looking for a specific kind of wine, chances are they have it here. Between the upscale boutique hotels that surround the valley and the 450 wineries that fill it, there is plenty for wine-lovers to do in this neck of the woods.