Top 9 Travel Destinations That Wine Lovers Would Want To Visit
We got to admit, now is not the best time to travel, especially with the Wuhan virus that has infected more than 7,000 people. But it’s never too early to start planning for your next holiday, however distant in the future it may be.
If you’re a wine lover, read on because we’ve dedicated this post to you. Whether you enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine or two as a nightcap to end your day or just simply for its antioxidant-rich properties, we’ve compiled a few countries that produce top-quality wine. After all, Singapore only has a limited variety of wines available (and not to mention the exorbitant prices) to satisfy our vino craving. Now the question is, red, white, rose, sparkling or all of them?
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With a history of wine-making that dates back to the 6th century BC, we can’t put together this list without mentioning France. Besides being known for the Champagne sparkling wine — which if you didn’t know, only Champagne wine made in the Champagne region can be called Champagne — France has a variety of wines made from grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Merlot. Major regions to tick off include Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.
France’s neighbour Italy is its closest competitor that vies for producing the most amount of wine. Thanks to Italy’s unique topography, there are around 350 grape varieties available and they are grown in every region in the country. So if you’re planning a trip to gorge on pasta, pizza and gelato, remember to head to Tuscany (for Chianti wine), Trentino (for Pinot Grigio) and Veneto (for Prosecco) too.
Despite having the largest acreage of vineyards in the world, Spain’s wine production still pales in comparison to France and Italy. Nevertheless, the country is home to many unique brews including the fortified wine Sherry. You can find Spanish wines at regions such as Andalusia, Basque Country and La Rioja. Head to Penedès as well for cava, Spain’s sparkling wine.
United States of America
Though there are vineyards in all 50 states, California, Oregon and Washington state along the Pacfic Northwest accounts for 90 per cent of the country’s production. In California, most notably the Napa Valley, you can find grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Oregon and Washington on the other hand, are known for Pinot noir that thrives in the cooler climate. American wines are considered New World wines.
Grapes in Australia are grown mainly in the cooler southern regions, encompassing states such as Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Barossa Valley in South Australia (near Adelaide) is especially noted for being one of the oldest and top-notch winemaking regions. You can find wines made from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes, among a few others, down under.
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Grown along the mountainous Andes region in states including Mendoza and San Juan, Argentina is most known for wines made from the Malbec grape variety that has robust and deep flavours. Other vine species also notable in the region are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Torrontés.
Portugal is most known for its fortified wine Port produced mainly in the Douro Valley region, which has since been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Elsewhere in the country, various indigenous grape varieties that differ from region to region are grown to make red, white, rose and sparkling wine. Solution? A cross-country road-trip.
Winemaking was brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India company during the colonial era. Today, the country continues to grow and produce many grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and many others. To get a good primer on South African wines, we recommend starting with Constantia and Stellenbosch regions, both not too far off the capital Cape Town.
While many would associate Germany with beer (they are not wrong), the country is notable for its white wines. Grown primarily in the west of Germany such as Rheinhessen and Palatinate, you can expect to find wines made from Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Pinot Grigio.