One of the best ways to learn about local culture is through its food and drink offerings—and what better way to explore the flavors of a country than to go from the soil up through its vineyards.
Once a niche market in the Old World Wine regions of Europe and an option only for the well-heeled, wine tourism today can be found on nearly every continent and is made accessible to travelers with a varying range of budgets.
Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents (OTA), shares its list of five locales every wine lover should visit.
The Old World Wine Regions
The best Chianti wine can be found in the Tuscan town it is named after, Greve in Chianti. There is no shortage of cantinas (wine cellars) here, and if you’re looking to get educated on wine production in the region, vineyards such as the Montefioralle Winery offer tours and wine tastings.
Now, for an authentic Tuscan stay, head to Agoda Home Borgo Di Pietrafitta Relais, a renovated farmhouse villa with stunning views of nearby foothills and groves.
No respectable list of wine regions is complete without mentioning France! While you can sample their offerings year-round, it pays to visit Chablis, a town in the country’s Burgundy region during October when one of the most important wine events is held and wine lovers from novices to seasoned connoisseurs can take part in tastings, classes, and other wine-themed activities.
Hôtel Le Maxime, only 20-minutes away from Chablis, is a charming hotel overlooking the Yonne River. Historic sites, shopping, and one-of-a-kind food experiences nearby await sightseers and adventurous foodies alike.
The New World Wine Regions
California’s year-round warm weather, long growing seasons, and more than 30 different types of soil all contribute to Napa Valley’s reputation as the best producer of Cabernet Sauvignon. With over 400 wineries to choose from, you’ll be seeing red (from the bottom of your glass) in no time!
Silverado Resort and Spa is a mere 12-minute ride away from Napa Valley’s wine trail. Their full-service spa will come in handy if you need to recover from a full day (or two) of wine tastings here and there.
Although grape cultivation has a long history in Japan, wine production didn’t kick off until the second half of the 19th century. Château Mercian, in the heart of the Yamanashi wine region, is among the most internationally recognized Japanese wineries and has its own museum, which is free to all visitors.
Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s three sacred mountains, is only about a half-an-hour away and at Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Hotel New Century you can enjoy the incredible view right from your hotel room.