6 Best Destinations Around the World for Serious Wine Lovers
Planning to check a wine holiday off your travel bucket list? The experts at Booking.com reveal the best places to sample local produce, learn what makes a top quality vintage, and impress your next dinner party guests with some tasty souvenirs from your new go-to grapes.
Beaune was once at the bottom of a tropical sea, and the rich soil it left is the secret behind the flavour of Burgundy wines. For a real taste of what the region has to offer, visit the third weekend in November for Hospice de Beaune Wine Auction and the festival which takes place in the area.
Where to stay: Located in the historical centre of Beaune, Barbary Lane House Rental offers self-catering apartments with a fireplace and overlooks the inner courtyard dating back to the 17th century.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
Given that there are over 150 tasting rooms along the way, you certainly won’t have a dull moment on the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for vineyards, wine, food and scenery, this beautiful destination hosts regular wine festivals and events.
Where to stay: Nestled amongst vineyards at the foot of Helderberg Mountain, near Stellenbosch, the Eikendal Lodge features lush gardens and a pool. Cucina di Giovanni Restaurant @ Eikendal serves lunch and dinner in a wine cellar, which is a charming 15-minute walk from the main lodge.
South Africa is also home to one of the 15 natural wonders you’ve never heard of.
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
According to Booking.com research, more than 46 per cent of Canadian travellers say that they pick a new destination for its great food or drink. A perfect pick for wine-loyalists everywhere, the picturesque town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, in the Rhine Valley, is a popular winemaking destination and home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, presenting a collection of exhibits from the ancient times until today.
Where to stay: Surrounded by the pretty streets of the Old Town, the family-run Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss is located within an 18th-century building in Rüdesheim. The hotel’s traditional restaurant offers a variety of wines from its own winery that can be tasted and purchased.
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While Malbec originated in France, it’s thrived in Mendoza‘s climate. It’s no wonder that wine from this region is known for its lush fruitiness: the grapes in this region get to sunbathe for 300 days a year!
Where to stay: Featuring a homely atmosphere, Bed And Breakfast Plaza Italia is a small guest house is in a central location, just 300 meters from Rivadavia Street and Independencia Square. It’s popular amongst Booking.com travellers who endorse Mendoza for vineyards, scenery and gourmet food. The property can also arrange various wine tasting tours for you.
Napa Valley, USA
Stretching out across endless green hills, Napa vineyards pride themselves on producing first-rate grapes. Wander through the endless vineyards and meet the people behind the wines while enjoying a relaxing holiday, even during winter when you get to savour every last drop of your favourite wine away from the crowds.
Where to stay: Milliken Creek Inn is a luxury, adult-only hotel in Napa Valley, situated within a 15-minute drive from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Renteria Wines and Rocca Family Vineyards. A complementary wine and cheese reception is available daily at the hotel’s main house.
Surrounded by numerous wineries of the Hunter Valley, the rural area of Pokobin is set in Australia’s oldest wine regions and is home to a great variety of accommodations and restaurants serving local wines and seasonal, gourmet food.
Where to stay: Set on 12 acres in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Berenbell Vineyard Retreat offers self-contained accommodation with stunning views of the vineyard and the Brokenback Mountain Range. The property is just a five minute walk from a number of restaurants and wineries.