Forget Napa. Here are some underrated wine regions to visit this year.
The small country has been coming into its own in the world of travel, and that includes wine. There’s plenty of charm and tradition to be had, and the main wine region is Kakheti, near the Caucasus Mountains, where you’ll find the wine fermenting underground in terracotta jars.
You know the main Australian wines, but what about the Tasmanian varieties? There are four main wine trails throughout Tasmania to choose from. Plus, the unique locale makes it an interesting spot to stop while simultaneously visiting Sydney, Adelaide or Melbourne.
Beyond being a fantastic destination to visit in general, Greece is a no-brainer for wine aficionados. Opt for Santorini or northwest Greece for some of the best experiences.
Never thought of Morocco as a wine destination? Think again. Though you may have never tired a Moroccan wine, it doesn’t mean the locals don’t know what they’re doing. The country has a wine heritage extending to Phoenician times and lasting through the Islamic takeover in the 600s. Winemaking received a revitalization after French colonization in the 1800s. The wine regions are mostly near the Atlantic coast, and red varieties like Syrah are popular.
Switzerland produces Old World Pinot Noir, and the wine region of Bündner Herrschaft is beautiful, both for its villages and the natural scenery. Plus, the region’s central town of Maienfeld is home to everyone’s favorite Swiss character from childhood — Heidi. More than 50 different wines are produced and the vineyard hiking trails are worth a try.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Ice hotels are becoming increasingly popular as a unique adventure for dedicated travelers. If you've ever wondered what kind of gusto it takes to join the polar bear club by jumping into frigid waters in your speedo, imagine the thrill of spending the night on a bed of ice inside your own igloo wrapped in warm blankets and furs.
Oymyakon, Siberia, is literally the coldest inhabited town on Earth. The town of only 500 residents is nicknamed “The Pole of Cold” and has witnessed temperatures as low as -98 degrees. Here, where eyelashes freeze in mere moments, cars must be kept running continually to avoid a dead battery, and vegetables cannot grow naturally; locals have managed to eke out a quaint, and oddly endearing, existence.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.