There are so many reasons why we all travel – to see the sights, to spend time with loved ones, for work, to relax… the list goes on and on. One of our new-found favourite reasons to travel is to drink wine. Okay, fine, it’s more than drinking wine – you also get to learn about how wine is produced, what to pair it with, how to spot a good bottle… Aaawww, who am I kidding? The drinking of the wine is really the main sport! 😉
European wine is understandably famous across the world (we do great wine in this part of the world 😉 ) so if ever you were game for a wine-infused holiday, here are 11 places in Europe you should look to visit on your next European holiday! 🙂
1.) The Loire Valley
Doesn’t matter if you’re more into your reds then your whites (or vice-versa), the Loire Valley is arguably one of the most loved of all of France’s wine making regions. The best part about a trip here are the many amazing chateaus that dot the landscape are indeed reason in themselves to visit this picturesque part of France.
2.) The Balaton Region
If you find yourself pondering a trip to Hungary, the Balaton Region is a wine region definitely worth popping into. The stunning scenery around Lake Balaton makes for the perfect backdrop to enjoy your delicious Hungarian wine in so be sure to go photo-ready.
Tuscany is one of my favourite places to visit in Italy… actually, scratch that, its easily my favourite in Italy – the wine, as well as the stunning countryside, are huge reasons why. The Tuscan sunshine and fertile rolling hills produce some of the best grapes around and a trip here is absolutely worth it for the gorgeous sun-dappled vineyards, lush courtyards, hidden churches and many other historical delights.
Okay fine, you don’t need wine as an excuse to visit Santorini but when you’re in this amazing Greek island, you definitely need to pop into one of the vineyards that dot the land for some amazing Greek wines, paired with cheeses and crudités (or whatever crudités translate to in Greek). Delicious wine and stunning views? Needless to say, Santorini should be a very easy ‘Yes’ on your travel plans.
For all the romanticism of the Loire Valley, France’s most popular wine region is definitely Bordeaux. Bordeaux has vineyards as far as the eye can see and a visit here is the ideal for that picture-perfect vacation of dreams.
6.) La Rioja
The La Rioja wine country in Spain winds through the romantic Cantabrian Mountains, which is in part why the wine from the region is so delicious. On your visit here, expect dramatic mountain vistas and a plethora of delicious blends of wines to choose from.
7.) Douro Valley
Douro Valley in Portugal has the claim to fame of making some of the most delicious claret in the world. You can also tour the valley, hopping from village to village as you explore the rustic vineyards that have been here for centuries.
Mosel in Germany has been producing grapes since the 15th century, so this area of the world is certainly the place to come if you want to dip your toes into the history of wine making in Germany. It’s also a good choice if you like Riesling, the signature wine of the region.
The Italian region of Piedmont is famous for its gorgeous scenery, but if you come here don’t forget to stop and sample the Barolo and Barbaresco wines the area specialises in. Also, be sure to make some time to pop into the cute little villages that dot the surrounding landscape.
A place that needs no introduction, France’s most popular wine export comes from the eponymous wine region in the northeast of France. The main grapes grown in the area (which later becomes that delicious bubbly in your glass) are Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier – each of which tends to grow in specific parts of the region. Needless to say, if you’re into wine, a visit to the Champagne region is almost a must-do. How much champagne you drink when you’re there? Well, I’ll leave that bit up to you… 😉
The Czech Republic is often associated with beer, but the region of Moravia is known for its fantastic wines instead. To add to this, the region is charming in its own right (there are lots of absolutely stunning sights to see here) and you will find many local inns selling wine paired with typical Czech food. That’s all your travel needs sorted in one fell swoop! 🙂