“One should always be drunk, that’s all that matters... But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk” – Charles Baudelaire
The summer season has finally arrived and brought along an opportunity, an opportunity for you to leave behind your stressful daily life, for some splendid wine tasting.
Wine tasting is quite popular nowadays!
Popular enough that people chose to spend their holidays tasting wines from different parts of the world; some even go so far as to visit these winegrowing corners. But picking the right wine growing region can be a rather daunting task; especially since there are so many different types of wines some of which are endemic to a specific region.
Well, fret no more, as this article will surely help you pick the perfect location.
The greatest thing about France is the sublime view of the Paris night sky. The only thing that comes close to that view is perhaps French food and wine. There aremany regions of France that are known for producing great wine, this article however will focus solely on Bordeaux (which I believe to be the best region in the country).It is one of the most popular wine producing regions in the world; it produces all kinds of wine, from delicious table wines to some of the most expensive and respected bottles.
It is the largest French AOC winegrowing region and is known to produce over 860 million bottles (89% red and 11% white) per year. Bordeaux is home to grapes that are renowned all over the world, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines from Bordeaux are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and/or Cabernet Franc, and white wines are Sauvignon Blanc and of Semillon. But great wine is not the only reason to visit. The scenery of Bordeaux will surely sweep you of your feet, and the extremely well cared for 18th century buildings are sure to rouse your inner historian. The vineyards of Saint-Emilion are a must see. They are located in a scenic medieval town that boasts an amazing wine by the same name, which will change your world.
Like Bordeaux, the Tuscany region is known to be one of Europe’s finest wine producers. This is where Chianti is found, which is often considered the paragon of Italian wine.The great thing about Tuscany is that you’ll have the rare option of tasting the “no-name” creations; which you cannot try at your regular old liquor store. This is mostly because of all the rural wineries found here, who also allow visitors to sample some of their wine (which happens to be made strictly from local grapes). This is true old wine country; winemakers here still crush grapes with their feet and store them in long, vaulted basement cellars carved right out of the mountain.
This famous region of Portugal is definitely worth a visit, the terrain might be a little rough and the summers will probably (most certainly) scorch you. But it’s quite worth it, as its home to the ever exquisite Port wine: which happens to be a fortified wine (wine with an added distilled beverage i.e. brandy) exclusively produced in the Douro region and aged in its cellars.
This wine is unique because of its huge range of varieties, with a vast richness and intensity of aroma, and a high level of alcohol content (19%-22%).Wines from this region are gaining fame and are now considered to be some of the finest in Europe. The area is mostly known for known its great reds but also produces some excellent whites. Porto is a great place to explore, but being the second largest city of Portugal with a staggering population of 237,500 citizens, it can be fairly easy to get lost in it, consider keeping a travel guide on your smart phone as you delve into Porto’s exotic depths.
Argentina has moved up the ladder during the recent decade, and is now quite well known for its exceptional Malbec, as well as its Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Mendoza now has 850 wineries that produce more than 10 million hectoliters of wine per year, making it the most important wine centre of South America.
It also accounts for 70% of Argentina’s annual wine production. Mendoza’s wine producing history is nearly as old as the colonial history of Argentina itself, so you can be sure to find quality wine that has been produced by methods perfected over the span of centuries.
Napa Valley, USA
The Napa Valley is only 35 miles long and encompasses eight main regions, including Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville and Napa, all with a hundreds of wineries to explore. With a history of welcoming visitors that stretches back to the late 1800s, the Napa Valley was that began the trend of wine tourism.
There are more than 430 wineries in Napa Valley, 95 percent of which are family owned and operated. The region produces a variety of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The above list may not have your favorite winegrowing region, but as we all have different preferences, this list was produced by carefully considering the quality of wine produced and activities that tourists can take part in.