The Top 5 Wine Destinations for Travelers in 2015

15 Apr 2015

Wine has been – and still is – one of the most popular drinks of mankind. It has been attributed positive health effects and plays an important role in age-old legends and even the Bible or Talmud! Undoubtedly, its deep-rooted tradition and history are part of what makes wine a luxury, a prestige, and something to be enjoyed. Add rich cultural heritage, fantastic landscapes and savory cuisines to the palette and you have the perfect reason to book a wine tour at least once in your life.

We help you find the best wine regions. Here are 5 picks you shouldn't miss:

1. Alentejo, Portugal

The "Tuscany of Portugal" is the bread basket of Portugal and known for its lovely, hilly landscapes and great beaches. Since the Romans had brought advanced farming and winemaking techniques to Alentejo, it has been one of the best wine regions in Europe. With its rich heritage, viticulture and customs, it is the perfect place to discover in a wine tour. However, rounding off your trip with a visit to one of the beaches and with some sightseeing in the cities is a must as well. We recommend booking a cheap flight to Lisbon and then taking the Wine a Day tour to Alentejo. Tip: Evora is known for its Roman architecture and bone chapel.

2. Napa Valley, California

Who hasn't dreams of going to San Francisco to discover the city and some more of California? Well, you just got one more reason to put this dream into action, because Napa Valley is absolutely worth a discovery! Why not combine a tour through foodie city SF with a tasting of Napa's great wines and scenery? Several tours a day leave from the city. Hence, you can book a flight to San Francisco, discover the Golden Bridge, the Painted Ladies and other sightseeing spots and then hop onto a tour at, for example, Pier 39. Wine Country Tours is one of the many operators with great feedbacks on Trip Advisor!

3. Bordeaux, France

"Jamais homme noble ne hait le bon vin" – "Never does a noble man hate good wine" goes an old, famous saying by François Rabelais. Wine culture is woven deep into the fabric of French culture and society. Therefore, a visit to French vineyards is a must on the bucket list of wine lovers. We suggest taking a cheap flight to Paris and enjoying the marvels of the city before hopping into a bus or train towards Bordeaux. You should plan a few hours to discover the beautiful city of Bordeaux as well before heading over to the first vineyards. French Wine Adventures is known to offer excellent day tours to some of the finest wineries the region has to offer.

4. Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Chile is known for beautiful landscapes and great wine. The two come together in Aconcagua Valley, just 60 miles north of Santiago de Chile. In fact, this region has earned international prestige for having one of the country's best wines! Book a cheap flight from the UK to Santiago de Chile now and then take one of the customized tours offered by Mauricio from Chilean Wine Lovers to get acquainted with the rich history and some of the most renowned wineries.

5. Rioja, Spain

How about combining savoury tapas, great landscapes, beautiful cities and many interesting fiestas with a tour through ancient vineyards? Rioja has something to offer for everyone and will delight all of your senses. We recommend booking a flight to Bilbao or to Madrid and then traveling up north by bus. The Unique Traveller offers highly rated wine tours in Rioja as well as in "Tuscany of Portugal", other regions of Spain.