Everyone knows Italy, France and Spain specialize in wine tourism, but few are aware just-as-impressive wine destinations can be found in less-visited locations that see fewer tourists. Here are the world’s not-as-known spots for delectable wine tastings.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Located about an hour inland from the Atlantic coastal city of Porto, the lush Douro Valley has been the sole producer of port wine for more than 2,000 years. Rent a car for a scenic drive along the winding roads that pass vineyard after vineyard, and stop in for a tasting of ruby and tawny port wines.
Although more well-known for its pure and easy-to-drink beer, Germany’s countryside also produce award-winning wines, particularly in the Moselle Valley where some of the world’s best Rieslings are made.
New Zealand has more to offer than fantastical, adrenaline-filled adventures. Retreat from all the action by visiting some Kiwi wineries that feature some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc.
Five hours northeast of Vancouver lies the Okanagan wine region where a 6-mile trail can be hiked or biked through a former Gold Rush location.
Not far from the coasts of South Africa lies Franschhoek, a village founded by the French Huguenots in 1688. Set amid these mountains are a handful of vineyards including Chamonix, La Motte and Solms-Delta that specialize in a range of wines, from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.