Wine regions to visit in Europe before you die

Posted on 25. Jul, 2013 by in Europe Travel, Guest Posts

With some vineyards dating back to the 11th century, Europe has a rich and successful history of producing wine. Like myself, I’m sure any chardonnay admirer or merlot aficionado has considered taking a holiday on the continent to discover the vast array of vino available.

So for those interested in sampling a glass of classic French Champagne or a bottle of Barolo from the Italian region of Piedmont, here are some European wine regions to visit before you die.

Aquitaine, France

This region in south west of France boasts the world’s most prestigious wine. In fact, an 1811 Château d’Yquem commanded the highest ever price for a single bottle of wine, reaching $117,000 at an auction in 2011. Even so, there are a great number of other chateaux to visit in Aquitaine, as this particular vintage is unattainable for the majority of wine lovers, including myself.

I highly recommend Entre-Deux-Mers for its selection of wines as well as a rich architectural heritage that features abbeys, walled towns and medieval cities. Buzet and Duras is another hidden gem that can be discovered via boat on the Baïse River.

Tuscany, Italy

The wild vines growing in the sunny rolling hills of Tuscany have been around for centuries, as the rich soil and favourable weather conditions make the area perfect for cultivating grapes. The most popular variety is Sangiovese, which is regularly combined with other locally grown grapes to make wine including Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano as well as Tuscany’s signature, and my personal favourite, Chianti. However, I am also quite partial to the occasional white, with the Vernaccia di San Gimignano standing out. A couple of other choice wines include Bianco di Bolgheri and Vermentino.

Tuscany is also recognised for producing the famous Vin Santo, or “Holy Wine,” which is made from Trebbiano grapes that have been left to dry until the start of Holy Week before being transformed into a delectable wine.

Costa de la Luz, Spain

For something a bit different, head to this sherry producing area for an authentic taste of Spain. Bodegas in Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María should be high on the to-do list, as visitors can learn to be sherry experts and understand how to create that perfect blend.

Any wine in Costa de la Luz is perfectly accompanied by some traditional tapas on the coast while watching the sun go down.

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