There are few things better than enjoying a glass of your favorite wine in the very region that it was produced. Visit a winery and aside from the endless tasting opportunities, you can tour the vineyards, enjoy spectacular scenery and visit local attractions. For those planning a wine holiday, we’ve selected 4 of the best destinations.
Considered the true home of wine, France offers everything you could need for an unforgettable holiday. With plenty of great regions, you’ll be spoilt for choice but the Loire Valley is a great starting point. Situated only 90 minutes by train from Paris, the Anjou and Tourraine regions might just be the best in world to sample Cabernet France and Chenin Blanc. Drag yourself away from the family wineries and you can admire the many castles which the Loire Valley is famed for. Don’t miss a trip to the astounding Château d’Ussé, said to be the inspiration behind the fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty.
No region in Spain is better suited to producing world class wines, quite like the rolling hills of Galicia. Often referred to as Green Spain, this oasis receives more rainfall than anywhere else in the country. Touring and tasting presentations are available throughout many of the famed vineyards including Ribeiro, Rias Baixas and Valdeorras. Once you’ve got your wine fix, you can explore the many attractions including the impressive Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. You’ll also find a great choice of restaurants serving up some of the best seafood in the country.
Home to the famous Marsala wine, Sicily has long been considered one of the best places on the planet to produce show stopping wines. Fertile soil and a long, dry summer create the perfect conditions for consistent vintages year after year. The western region of the island is best enjoyed on a guided tour of the historic wineries in Alcamo and Marsala. Many providers offer additional excursions to visit the many archeological sites on the island. Be sure to include a trip to Segesta, a beautifully preserved Greek amphitheater and temple. After enjoying the sights, relax under the Mediterranean sun on one of the pristine stretches of golden sands.
Shrugging off its image as a kids-only destination, Orlando is quickly becoming recognized for its reputation of fine dining eateries and unforgettable wine experiences. The neighborhoods of Winter Park and Mills 50 provide the chic setting for some of the best wine tasting you’re likely to have experienced. Be sure to visit the Eolo Wine Company where you can sample from over 200 bottles. Aside from the great food and drink, be sure to enjoy some of the outdoor activities on offer such as the world class golf.
All inclusive holidays are available for all these destinations, making it even easier to enjoy the wine trip of a lifetime.
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