Top 10 Places to Go Wine Tasting

Beautiful places and food are the main attractions of tourists. Tasting new foods has always been a prime thing for humans. Same thing goes for with drinks. Just like lemonade, Champagne, hard drinks like alcohol (rum, whiskey and beer) are famous, here comes another thing which soothes the taste of food. Giving no more suspense, in this article you are going to read about the top producing wine places. A perfect drink that gets better only for their climatic reasons and history.

Top 10 Places to Go Wine Tasting

10. Queenstown, New Zealand

Top 10 Places to Go Wine Tasting
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The nation is the southernmost wine-producing region. Across the islands, New Zealand has ten major wine growing regions. A variety of wines are made in New Zealand, the most famous of which are the pungent, grassy whites made from Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough. Pinot Noir has also proved itself well suited to New Zealand’s terroir and has made itself at home in Martinborough, Marlborough and most famously in Central Otago, where the wines can be described as dense and muscular with strong flavors of dark fruit. The aromatic varieties Riesling,Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer have found a niche in the cooler parts of the South Island, and Syrah the Bordeaux Blend varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) do well in the warmer parts of the North Island.


9. Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal
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Oporto (Porto), Portugal’s second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Duoro River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century.

Greater Oporto includes the historic city of Vila Nova de Gaia, on the southern banks of the Duoro. Here, Port was traditionally shipped in casks down the Duoro to be stored in ‘lodges’ for ageing until ready to export. Since the construction of hydroelectric dams further up the river, it is not possible for flat-bottomed Barco Rabelo boats to travel to and from the Port estates.

Port wines were dry and astringent, having had brandy added to the finished wine to stabilize it before it was shipped to London. The modern style of Port can be traced back to 1678, when the Abbot of Lamego was adding brandy to the wine before it had finished fermenting. By arresting fermentation, he could retain the natural sweetness of the ultra-ripe Port-grape varieties and create a fortified wine capable of improving with age.

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8. Chilean Patagonia, Chile

Chilean Patagonia, Chile
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Patagonia is South America’s southernmost wine-producing region. Despite being one of the world’s least-obvious places for quality viticulture, this desert region – with its cool, dry climate – has proved itself well suited to producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec.

Patagonia is a desert, and viticulture is possible only near the rivers, where melt water from the Andes is abundant for irrigation. The classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and letting them develop rich varietal character while retaining acidity.

Patagonia has gained recognition within the wine world due to the two viticultural regions located in its northern section: the more-established Rio Negro and the newer, still developing Neuquen. Wines from these two zones are traditionally more European in style than those from the central and northern regions of Argentina, as a result of the areas’ cooler climate and higher latitude. While Malbec still plays a central role in Patagonian wine, it is Pinot Noir that has become the region’s iconic grape variety. Excellent white wines made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also showcase the freshness of the region’s climate.


7. Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain
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This vibrant region is the most populous in Spain, and has a colorful history. Its strategic position at the gateway to the Mediterranean and its proximity to Africa have made it a target for many invasions throughout history.

The region’s climate, which significantly affects wine production here, can be broadly divided into three zones: the cooler, Atlantic-influenced west coast, encompassing the Sherry-producing areas of Jerez and Sanlucar de Barrameda; the Mediterranean climate in the south around Malaga and the Sierras de Malaga; and the comparatively hot and dry conditions around the Montilla-Moriles. The latter two zones are the most suited to production of Andalucia’s signature heavy dessert wines, made from Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel (Muscat) grapes, while the southwest coast’s lower average temperatures are vital for preserving all-important acidity in Palomino grapes for the production of the Fino and Manzanilla styles of Sherry.

Airen is another important grape variety, grown in the northern parts of Andalucia, although it is mostly used in brandy and blended wines. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot also produce good wines in the warmer parts of the region, and are increasing in popularity with local growers.


6. Charlottesville, USA

Charlottesville, USA
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The place is located in Virginia. From the Cumberland and Blue Ridge mountains in the west to the creeks and coastal estuaries of the east, Virginia’s topography and geology are varied to say the least. The landscape around Chesapeake Bay – a vast coastal inlet which separates the main state from its Eastern Shore – could hardly be more different from that below the 5730ft (1750m) Mt Rogers, 300 miles to the west.

Chardonnay is the most widely planted variety here, riding on its wave of global popularity. It is followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and the Rhone Valley variety Viognier, which is now making some of Virginia’s most famous wines. Winegrowing here dates back to the early 1600s, when the Virginia Company of London determined that settlers at Jamestown were obliged to cultivate European vines – an experiment that was unsuccessful due to the fungal diseases that thrived in the humid climate (although the use of native varieties rendered better results). Nowadays, however, vinifera varieties dominate Virginia’s vineyards – a change made possible through the use of modern technology and viticultural techniques. These include efficient canopy management and the use of fungicides, as well as an increasing emphasis on judicious site selection.

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5. Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. The town, in Western Cape’s Coastal Region, is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most widely planted grape variety, and is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines.

Granite and sandstone soils are found throughout Stellenbosch. Their high clay content means that while they are free-draining, they have excellent water-retention properties. Sufficient rainfall in winter allows growers to keep irrigation to a minimum. Much has been made of the suitability of the soils in Stellenbosch for the production of premium red-wine grapes in particular. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon can be found on wine lists the world over, while Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc are all planted here in quantity. Stellenbosch is also notable for being the birthplace of Pinotage (a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut) in 1924.


4. Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, France
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The place is a key wine region in western France. The Loire Valley follows the course of the Loire River. The place generates finest wines everyday which captures the essence of both quantity and quality. Another key strength of the region is its diversity. The styles of wine made here range from sweet, honeyed Bonnezeaux and light, tart Muscadet to the juicy, tannic reds of Chinon or Saumur and the sparkling whites of Vouvary. The most famous Loire Valley wines are Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

The strong suit and the vast majority of production in this place is the white wines. The varieties of white wines found here includes Sauvignon Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. People are continuing to move towards red wine and this increasing importance led to the high quality of Loire reds. Cabernet Franc is the number one variety of red wine with Chinon, Saumur and Bourgueil down the list.


3. Sonoma Valley, USA

Sonoma Valley, USA
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One of the most important wine growing regions in USA is Sonoma County. The place is divided in three distinct sections: Sonoma Valley, Northern Sonoma and Sonoma Coast. Sonoma Valley is located in the country’s south-eastern corner. The climate of this place is blessed with cooling fog that rolls from San Pablo Bay in summer months. Trapped between the mountains of Sonoma and Mayacamas, the fog is denser and more persistent than the broader valleys of the north.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety of red wine that is found here. In the county’s cooler mountain sites, one can also find patches of Cabernet Franc. The cabernets’ Bordeaux stablemate Merlot has still remained one of the significant wines. The country’s iconic red wine grape Zinfandel is planted in the warmer and drier regions of the valley. Other varieties of grape that are grown here are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Viognier.


2. Napa Valley, USA

Napa Valley, USA
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The place is an hour’s drive from San Francisco and is famous for its wine region. The valley’s vineyard grow a number of grape varieties but the area is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The valley is situated north of San Pablo Bay and runs 57 km between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges.

Since the 19th century wines are made in Napa Valley. The founding pioneers were George C. Yount, John Patchett and Charles Krug. The three essential components that make Napa Valley one of the first rate viticultural area are its Climate, Geology and Topography. The influence of San Pablo Bay and the hills of North Coast Ranges are responsible for this particular climate. Close to San Francisco, this place draws millions of wine tourists each year. Riesling was one of the mostly tasted wine here. Later, it is replaced by Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as people’s most preferred one.

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1. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy
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The most famous and prolific wine region goes to Tuscany. It is situated in central Italy. There are 20 regions in Italy which provides us with wine. Out of those, Tuscany has a long wine history. It is believed that they are in making of these since the 5th century BC.

The vineyards of Tuscany produces a number of internationally recognized wines in various styles. It goes far beyond the well-known reds, dry whites and sweet wines. The titles of DOC and DOCG are the ones by which the region’s top wines are officially recognized and protected. The vital factor in the success is the climate. It has warm and temperate coastal areas contrasted by inland areas. The increased diurnal temperature variation helps in maintain the balance of sugars, acidity and aromatics. Sangiovese is the Tuscany’s signature red wine. Other iconic wines that can be found in this place are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.