Wine lover or a connoisseur? These are the world’s best wine districts you can’t afford to miss if you’re serious about your wine. By Anuja Dixit
Asheville, North Carolina
There is more to life than to climb the mountains in Asheville. Home to more than 100 wineries, Asheville is the destination if you’re headed for an American holiday.
How to get there: Asheville’s airport is 17 miles away from the vineyards and takes 4 hrs to reach. You can take cabs from the airport.
Paso Robles, California
With more than 200 wineries and 26,000 acres of vineyards, Paso Robles is known for its olive groves and wines. Don’t forget to experience the tasting rooms, farm fresh restaurants, breweries and distilleries.
How to get there: Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco; the Downtown City Park located between 11th and 12th Streets is the place to begin your adventure.
Woodinville, in the heart of the Sammamish River Valley, is an appreciable day trip from Seattle. Spend a relaxing day at one of the 100 wineries and tasting rooms in this urban-esque area.
How to get there: Getting to Woodenville from Washington is not that difficult as it just takes 30-45 mins to reach its wineries by car.
Just 45 minutes away from the city, Vienna unfolds some of the most amazing vineyards and wineries around the world. You can try as many as 30+ wines sourced from the Wagram region, between Grüner Veltliner to Zweigelt, and get pampered at the Loisium Wine & Spa Resort.
How to get there: The best way is to take 38A bus from Heilingenstadt terminal of U4 to Kahlenberg.
Spend some splendid time in the northern Italian city of Turin, Piedmont with the finest wines, locally grown truffles and hazelnuts.
How to get there: Getting to Piedamont is simple as you can drive car through the hills and hop from one winery to another. You can also take a train to Turin or fly to Milan.
Ashland, Rogue Valley, Oregon
With a favourable wine growing climate, Ashland, Rogue valley is the ideal place to grow wine grapes. The place has spectacular landscapes and vineyards to indulge in.
How to get there: The Medford International Airport is located 15 miles north of Ashland; you will have to rely on bus or taxi to reach your favourite wineries.
Sonoma and Napa Valley, California
Just half-an-hour apart, Napa and Sonoma are hidden gems for wine lovers. Plus, you can enjoy your wine while you revel in 19th century heritage buildings and beautiful art galleries.
How to get there: The Sacramento Airport is located 100 kms from the valley and takes over an an hour to reach.
Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa valley is a scenic destination, which produces bold and jammy shiraz wines mainly from the high-altitude Eden Valley.
How to get there: From Adelaide, you can either go by road or board the Metro and get off at Gawler station.
Mosel Valley, Germany
Experience a fairytale with winding landscapes, rolling hills and splendid castles. Hikers can indulge in handcrafted delicate Rieslings. It is the steepest vineyard in the world.
How to get there: You can get a train from Cologne. You can rent a car to get to its most visited spot, the Burg Eltz castle.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia has some stellar wine. The 132-mile Okanagan valley is the largest wine region and visitors can also enjoy nearby places like Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island for a taste of the old-vine plantings plus new-breed blends.
How to get there: You can rent your own car. It’s 3 hrs car ride from Seattle and 4 hrs from Kelowna.
Constantia Wine Route, Cape Town
Constantia wine route is the best choice for wine lovers. It is also one of the oldest wine making regions of the country and has become synonymous with premium, award-winning reds and whites, especially Sauvignon Blanc.
How to get there: You can take purple wine bus and get off at Constantia Nek. You can have a short bus trip of 10 mins.
Bordeaux has the world’s best and prestigious collection of wines. Available only for few, the region is place of most exquisite wine. You are privileged if you get to enjoy any of its wines.
How to reach: Bourdeux-Merignac airport has more of domestic flights landing especially from Paris, Amsterdam and London. If you are fond of driving, enjoy your ride on A10 and N10, which are some of the major highways leading to the city.