If you are a fan of great wines, then visiting farms and wineries is a big thing for you. These 11 destinations vary from the original grapes plantations to wine storage facilities. Check them out and visit them to personally witness and appreciate the beauty of wine-making.
Montrachet Vineyard, Burgundy, France
Montrachet Vineyard is known for its wines that can cost as much as thousands of dollars per bottle. The vineyard is exclusively planted with Chardonnay, a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine.
Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California
The leading California vineyard operator Robert Mondavi is responsible for the success of California wine. The Robert Mondavi Winery was set as a benchmark for Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, premium grapes wine variety. Mondavi collaborated with a Bordeaux icon Mouton Rothschild to create the Opus One winery. Mondavi became the first American to promote wine as a lifestyle.
Rhine River Cruise, Germany
Riesling vines are densely planted in the spectacular mountain slopes leading to the mighty river. River cruises are established by Viking River Cruises and Avalon Waterways to provide a transport over the key wine regions. The scenery along Rhine River, also known as the Rhineland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Penfolds Grange Magill Estate, Adelaide, Australia
The Penfolds Grange is unusually located within the city limits, amidst a residential neighborhood. It is the best way to have some collections of Shiraz wines which are made from a dark-skinned grape variety to produce red wine.
Marques de Riscal, Rioja, Spain
Marques de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in the region in Spain. It has a building topped with twisting, soaring titanium panels designed by Frank O. Gehry. The building covers the wine operations and tasting area, as well as the 43-room Starwood Luxury Collection hotel. Gran Reserva wines are Spain’s greatest contribution to wine drinking.
MUVIT Wine Museum, Torgiano, Italy
The twenty rooms of the MUVIT Wine Museum cover 5,000 years of wine-making history. The museum is founded in 1974 in a 17th century building. Ancient drinking vessels are on display inside the museum together with historical winemaking tools and antique books.
Pinot Path, Route 99-W, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Experience the best view of the Pinot Pass, the home to America’s best Pinot Noirs. The red wine grape variety, Pinot Noir, is abundant in the stretch of Route 99-W between Newburg and McMinnville.
The Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
The cool climate provided by the Pacific Ocean makes the Sonoma Coast best for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah, the varieties for red and white wines.
Heitz Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley, California
The 34-acre plot on the west side of Napa Valley has been producing Cabernet Sauvignon which is famous for its note of eucalyptus and mint. The vineyard is named after its original land owner, Martha May.
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa Bay, Florida
Bern’s Steak House lets its guests tour its wine cellar which boasts an onsite stored wines of up to 700,000 bottles. The collection includes about 6,800 different selections. One of its precious wines is the $30,000 bottle of Chateau Latour 1947.
Stellenbosch Wine Route, Stellenbosch, South Africa
As early as 17th-century, Stellenbosch had been making wines courtesy of its cool climate because of both Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The place grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, and other grapes varieties.