As people continue to sip and savor their favorite flavored grape, the wine industry continues to think outside the barrel with various wine events including bike and wine. For those who prefer the snarky atmosphere, there’s no need to bike and wine, rather sit, sip and savor the view, wine and brie. These are the top wine destinations to kick back and relax with your favorite glass.
Walla Walla, Washington
The small cowboy town turned vino, hosts local wineries that are open for tastings or local events. Spring barrel and biking and boozing is two popular events to attract locals and visitors from the wet side of the state. Be prepared for hot summers, but look for highly regarded labels such as Rhone and Bordeux.
Sit under an umbrella and savor the best flavors of wine and Italian meals. In fact, wine and Italian are a perfect mixture on a sunny Italian afternoon. Vino flows like water, and be sure to try a glass or four of Sangrantino and Orvieto. The olive oil and local truffles boost flavor and palates liking toward quality mushrooms.
Although Germany is known its beer in a boot, Germany also features delectable wines. Baden borders Switzerland and France, and is known as Germany’s warmest and sunniest region, perfect for growing grapes. And topography goes beyond beautiful strands of gated grapes. Visitors are treated with thermal springs, coniferous forests, castles and villages. This region is idyllic for pinots, which has been created since the Middle Ages. Rieslings are another popular wine in Baden.
Barossa Valley, Australia
Known as the Napa of Australia, Aussie’s love their wine just as much as their Bundy (Bundaberg Rum) and Victorian Bitter Beer. Explore fine dining and wining within the cellar walls. Shiraz is the most prominent wine of the region, and typically known as “red-wine” country. But thanks to higher altitudes in Eden Valley, Barossa boasts plenty of Eden Valley Rieslings for the sweet tooth.
No wino can experience the best of wine without someday visiting France. Explore Languedoc home to red, white, rose, sparkling, dry and fortified wines. Langeudoc is a diverse vino playground pleasing palates of all flavors and spices. Spicy red wine lovers sip on Pic Saint Loup, Corbières and Fitou. No French experience is complete without a fresh baguette, butter, and brie.
Napa Valley, California
Drink wine and take a nap-a, in Napa. This popular Californian wine destination still stands strong with tourists visiting to experience what all the fermentation is about. From reds to white, visitors explore every color of the wine rainbow in search for the best cellar.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.