Vineyard Visits

If you love your wine then what could be better than taking a trip to spend time at some the most beautiful vineyards in the world sampling the fine vintages. So, pack your bags and head off to one of these top wine making destinations and then you can recreate the joy when you return by ordering from an Online wine merchants in Northern Ireland. For more information, visit http://thewinecompanyni.com/.

Burgundy – even those of us who know little about wine will have heard of this famous wine making region. This is a must visit destination for real wine lovers, however, it is quite prestigious and tricky to get entry to a tasting tour. There are some overnight tours on a barge travelling along scenic rivers and canals or day trips that leave from Dijon. Burgundy vineyards will normally require a reservation but the hard work will be worth it.

Stellenbosch – this beautiful town in South Africa is set against impressive mountains and there is much to taste along the Stellenbosch Wine Route which features dozens of wineries.The wineries often combine other trips and attractions too such as a wildlife experience so you really soak up the African experience in more ways than one.

Barossa Valley – a bit further afield in South Australia, this valley is famed for its bold, fruity wines. You’ll be sure to receive a warm Aussie welcome and many wineries offer free tours and combine with on-site eateries too. Barossa Valley is also a treat for foodies as well. Australia’s oldest family run winery is at Yalumba where you’ll find a comfortable tasting room.

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Piedmont – this area of Italy is renowned for both its stunning wines and its high concentration of Michelin starred restaurants. You’ll also be able to stay in luxury hotels, relax in a spa and be surrounded by the pretty hills at the base of the Alps. Absolutely gorgeous to visit during the autumn when white truffles appear in the local markets.

La Rioja – Spain is another great producer of wine and with more than 500 wineries, you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of full-bodies reds. You can also stay at the world’s most talked about winery hotel called the Marques de Riscal.

Portugal – steep terraced vineyards that soar over the Douro River make this an area of beautiful scenery. This is one of the world’s oldest wine making regions with the Romans introducing vines here. This is definitely Port country .

Mosel Valley – Germany offers rolling hills, castles and rivers and among all the stunning landscapes you’ll fine excellent wines, in particular, rieslings are made here. Many towns offer evening tasting sessions and hold wine festivals with bands and festive costume. Try to co-ordinate your visit with one of these festivals for a truly authentic experience.

Central Otago – New Zealand with its snow capped mountains and green valleys has a booming wine industry. The southernmost area produces pinot noirs and white wines with an enviable reputation. If you want to visit during harvest, remember the seasons are reversed so you’ll need to visit in late March/April.

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