Published on March 13, 2014
The Aegean Islands in Greece are a one stop destination to a variety of vineyards of white and red grapes. The island of Santorini is a large grape farm, with about 1,200 hectares under wine. The perfect time to enjoy this beautiful vineyard is during the August grape harvest. The famous wine of the area comes from the Assyritko grape, which produces an acidic, crisp, and delightful wine. Other varieties include Voudomato and Mavrotragano, an earthy wine, and Aidani, a floral white win. Aegean Islands, Greece
Valle de Guadalupe/Baja California, Mexico Even though Mexico seems like the last wine country destination, in the last decades the quality of the wineries have improved significantly. Along Route 3 in the Guadalupe Valley, there is the Ruta del Vino (wine route). Baja wine country is perfect to visit all year long. Some of the perfect wine-tasting locations are Alximia and the Hacienda La Lomita. The wines tend to be high in alcohol with a black-fruit flavor. The saltiness of the wines comes from the water used for irrigation. Pick wins such Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec for an immersive experience.
Texas Hill Country is the fifth wine-producing state in the United States. Their grapes are bursting with flavor and are greatly focused on the red wines. The area is a reminiscence of the Old West. The best place to taste the Texan wine is at places like Lewis Wines, a 27-year old company, and Flat Creek Estate, which is 20 acre vineyard. Be sure to try the their famous red wines such as the 2011 Tempranillo and the Petite Sirah. Texas Hill Country, USA
Mendoza, Argentina The Mendoza Province is perhaps one of the most important wine locations, with 2/3 of the country’s wine being produced there. Malbec is the most prominent wine of the area, but Criolla Grande and Cereza are pink-skinned grapes that have been the backbone of the Mendoza Province. Visit Atamisque or Bodegas Salentein to taste some of the best wines in the area.
Sonoma, USA Sonoma is one of California’s largest producers of wine, even exceeding Napa Valley. Traced back to 1812, Sonoma County was the premier location of vineyards. By the 1920s, there were 256 wineries established. The soil is so diverse that Sonoma is home to a variety of grapes, included Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some places to try wine are Arista and the Dry Creek Vineyard.
Baden, Germany Baden is located in southwestern Germany and has around 39,300 acres under vine as of 2008. Pinot variety grapes account for 55% of the vineyards in Baden. Gutedel is also grown here, making it the only place in Germany that grows them. Taste wine at Schloss Staufenberg and at Franz Keller’s.
Barossa Valley is the one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and is heavily influenced by the British because of the area was founded by British settlers in the early 1800s. Because of the hot climate, the grapes produced are very ripe. They mostly grow Shiraz vines and other popular grapes, such as Riesling, Semillon, and Grenache. Rockford is a great place to try wine and Two Hands is a relatively new producers in the area. Barossa Valley, Australia
Walla Walla, USA Walla Walla Valley is located in Washington and extends into the northeastern corner of Oregon. This region is the second highest concentrated vineyard in Washington, with 120 wineries and dozens of vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most well known grape in the area, followed by Merlot. April through December is the perfect time to wine taste in this region.
Languedoc spans to the Mediterranean coastline and accounts for 700,000 acres of vineyard land. This area produces more than a third of France’s total wine production and even produces more than the entire United States. They grow traditional grades like Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah, but also have international ones such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are so many diverse wins that it is especially difficult to choose one. Try visiting Masion des Vins, which allows you to try 32 wines. Languedoc, France
The natural beauty of this wine country location is sure to make any other experience incomparable. Umbria is called the “green heart of Italy” because of its lush rolling hills and green landscapes. Vines grow all over the region and thrive because of the cold, rainy winters and dry summers. They mostly produce white wines, which account for 60% of the wine. Try some of their famous white wines at wineries such as Arnaldo Caprai and Tenuta Castelbuono. Umbria, Italy
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