If you are into thematic vacations perhaps you want spend some time pursing your interest in wine, wine countries and wine making. For your consideration we offer what many believe to be the 10 best wine route vacations in the world.
1. The Medoc, France: if it is a region in the world which is known for its wine that is the Medoc, this "middle earth" sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary. At the heart of his gravelly hills overlooking the Garonne, the Grand Cru of 1855 did much to its reputation (Haut-Brion, Margaux, St. Estephe ...). A stroll along its roads dotted with castles bourgeois worth a visit to it alone.
2. And around Reims, France: Another king of France after Bordeaux, champagne production extends around Reims in a relatively small area. Hikes along the limestone terraces overlooking the plains of the Marne and bush trips will delight your eyes and your taste buds! Spend some days at harvest time, when the vineyards were drowned in the autumn mist is a treat.
3. The wine route of South Africa: established in the Stellenbosch region, east of Cape Town, it will offer an enchanting spectacle of vines, rocks, fruit trees and flowers. The vineyard was planted by French Huguenots who settled in the region after the Edict of Nantes. Pinotage, a local hybrid variety will delight you with its finesse and its strangeness.
4. Loire wines: one-time residence of the kings of France, the region has kept its local wine over the centuries which extend along the river, cutting through the green landscapes of the mild climate, from Nantes to Sancerre. The Chinon, Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and Sancerre are the headliners.
5. The wines of Napa Valley, California: these wines thrive in a region with gentle inclinations, north of San Francisco. The temperate climate all year round, mixed with sea mist, giving it a specific character. You can taste many different wines but Zinfandel is particularly interesting sites located along the Wine Country are beautiful.
6. The Tuscan vineyard, Italy: the most famous is the Chianti. This vineyard is in an eternal landscape of hills topped with cypress and historic villages. A cliche you love and go into every season. It can also linger in the hinterland where Livornese wines are more authentic.
7. The wine route in Provence, France: it allows to discover all the richness of this wine country already blessed by nature. Around Saint-Maximin la Sainte Baume, you will follow this road through a landscape of low mountains of the "Green Province".
8. The Marlborough, New Zealand: Sauvignon grape has become the king of the country and has a worldwide reputation. The visit of the vineyard will take you through enchanting landscapes bathed in soft golden light. There are various wine aromas (green pepper, mango, gooseberry, tropical fruit ...) that explode in your mouth ...
9. The vineyards of Jerzu and Oliena, Sardinia: these give the most famous vineyards of Sardinian wines. Try cannonau, tannic and slightly minty, which will go very well with your meat. For fans of the white Vermentino, mineral and slightly acidic, will refresh you after a hot day spent between sea and scrubland.
10. The Yarra Valley, Australia: enjoying a wet and dry climate, the vineyards near Melbourne offers noble wines as chardonnay and shiraz elegant (our syrah) spiced to delight your taste buds.
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