Wine connoisseurs will tell you, that it is impossible to pick out the best wine districts in the world, but they could certainly pick a wine growing region that was their favorite. Wine districts are incredible gems that are tucked away in far corners of the earth, with estates having being passed down from generation to generation. Here are 10 Top Wine Regions:
1. Baden, Germany
Rich, strong flavours and robust wines with low acidity are the trademarks of a good German wine. With their famous Pinot Noir, an award winning and acclaimed red wine as one of their more well-known brands, Baden also has a booming white wine industry, with Pinot Gris and Muller Thurgau a favourite among wine lovers.
2. La Rioja, Spain
La Rioja, (pronounced ree-ock-a) is northern Spain at its very best, and the perfect climate for one of the best wine regions in the world. There are more than a dozen small, family run and boutique wineries, in and around the bustling tourist towns of Bilbao and San Sebastian. The Labastida Wine Estate is a family run wine estate that welcomes visitors to their winery for tours through their facilities, and a chance to sample their newest wines at the end.
3. Alsace, France
One of France’s traditional wine regions, more than 151 miles of grape growing countryside make up the resplendent Alsace. There are some 67 hamlets and parishes with family run wineries, small cellars, and lovely restaurants, cafes and wine estates that wine and dine more than 8 million visitors to the region every year. The famous wine route is on the top of any wine connoisseurs traveling list where they sample Sylvaner and Muscat d’Alsace.
4. Southeastern Australia
Southeastern Australia is fast becoming known as one of the most popular wine regions in the world. With a spectacular range of both dessert and dinner wines, there is a magical collection of vineries in this superb area of Australia. Penfolds Grange is an award winning winery, holding more than 1200 acres of grapes alone on their wine estate. With more than 2 dozen wines to choose from in their extensive collection you can try out their wines, like Shiraz, Chardonnays, fortified wines, and the classic Sauvignon Blanc.
5. Maipo Valley, Chile
With a substantial export business, the wine industry is literally booming in the Maipo Valley in Chile. The Santa Rita Vineyard currently exports almost 350,000 cases of their wine to the US alone, and the full bodied, fruity and light flavours are enjoyed all over the world. The Chileans are renowned for their pedantic wine making methods, and their harvests produce excellent drinking wine all year round.
6. Veneto, Italy
For the best dry and fruity wines, Veneto in Italy is the best wine district in the country. Just outside of the spectacular historic city of Venice, the beautiful scenery, the excellent climate and rich soil, make this the perfect place for producing famous and popular wines such as Soave, Valpolicella and Recioto.
7. Douro, Portugal
This is the ultimate wine region for port wine lovers; Douro in Portugal is the original birth place of port. Visitors can enjoy 15 year old port wines at the Quinta do Vesuvio wine estate in Douro, and then pop over to stay at the Quinta de La Rosa bed and breakfast which is situated right in the middle of the vineyards.
8. Napa Valley, California
Known worldwide as the most famous wine growing area in all of the USA, Napa is tucked in a Californian valley that is literally heaving with vineyards, and is considered one of the finest wine regions in the world. There are more than 220 wine estates, producing more than a million cases of some of the most incredible wine every year.
9. Tuscany, Italy
What must probably be the most famous wine industry in the entire world, Tuscany has built itself a solid reputation for producing some of the world’s best wines, alongside some of the best table wines. Chianti – the famous red and Brunello di Montalcino are just two of the big name brands that are grown, produced and exported from here.
10. Bordeaux, France
It’s a tight squeeze for first place between Tuscany and the numerous wine growing areas of France, when picking out some of the finest wine districts in the world. Meander around the country markets, armed with your favorite choice in wine, a Merlot, Cabernet, Pomerol or Malbec, and taste some of the finest offerings straight from the kitchen table.
There are so many more wine districts in the world that this list of 10 Top Wine Regions could have been extended indefinitely. Which one of these wine districts produces your favorite?
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