During the past 20 years, wine consumption in the United States has almost doubled. In fact, approximately 789 million cases of wine were purchased by consumers in the United States alone!
If you’re like most wine connoisseurs, your fascination with a good bottle of wine does not end once you purchase your favorite variety. You probably enjoy spending a day (or weekend) at exquisite wineries.
From scenic views of the vineyards to exquisite tours, there are plenty of winery tours you can take while traveling abroad. The following is a glimpse into a few of the best wineries around the world.
Located: St. Emilion, Gironde, France
It’s been said that France is home to some of the most delicious wine varieties. The Domaine de Naujuan winery boasts traditional grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Semillon.
Guests can participate in tasting sessions, cooking classes, vineyard tours and winemaking conferences.
Located: Tuscany, Italy
This wine resort includes a working winery and farmhouse. Since 2004, this vineyard has been managed by the San Bonifacio family.
Wine varieties include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. At this resort, guests can learn from wine tutors, enroll in wine courses and enjoy a wine bar. There is a boutique hotel adjacent to the vineyard.
Located: Estes Park, Colorado
This winery offers a view of the Rocky Mountains. The best part about visiting the Snowy Peaks Winery is there are events for the entire family to enjoy.
This boutique winery features handcrafted varieties of wine. Guests can enjoy live music, wine tasting, book clubs and festivals.
Located: Wellington, South Africa
Located approximately 45 minutes from Cape Town, this elegant winery features mountain ranges and panoramic views.
Approximately three-fourths of the grapes at Deimersfontein Wine and Country Estates are grown on the vineyard grounds.
Guests are able to enjoy cellar tours (by appointment only), picnics, wine tasting, tractor rides and horseback riding sessions.
Located: Big Island, Hawaii
The islands of Hawaii and wine are a perfect combination. The Volcano Winery features tropical and fruity wine varieties that are unique to its locale.
Signature wines include Hawaiian Guava-Grape, Volcano Red, Macadamia Nut Honey Wine and Pinot Noir. For over 30 years, this winery has been a top destination for wine enthusiasts all over the world.
Located: Santa Barbara, California
California’s climate is conducive to growing the best grapes. This award-winning vineyard has won several awards for its wines. Wine varieties featured at Au Bon Climat include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
This winery features a wine club and tour. For wine enthusiasts who are not able to visit the Au Bon Climat winery, there is an online store that ships wines to customers throughout the world.
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