Ok, the answer to this question is most definitely France. However, let’s not kid ourselves, the rest of the continent is also home to some fabulous vineyards that don’t just prompt great tastes – but also fantastic excursions.
In fact, some people will take it upon themselves to visit vineyards around the world, for both sampling and travelling purposes. Whatever your aim in that regard, we’ve put together some of the most renowned destinations in Europe when it comes to wine. If you’re in the market for a good bottle, read on…
We said France was the obvious choice, and we certainly weren’t fibbing. To be more precise, Bordeaux is one of the premier choices you can choose from a wine perspective and happens to have “been in business” in this regard since the 8th century.
Any red wine fanatics will be in love with this region, although perhaps the added beauty about Bordeaux is that there is so much else to do in the area. It’s packed full of culture and history and if you are looking to add an even different dimension to your trip, consider a river tour. These Viking river cruises include Bordeaux on a special tour of France’s vineyards and that can make the whole trip even more special.
Moving over to Italy, few would disagree that Piedmont is up there with the best. While it doesn’t have quite as much to offer as Bordeaux in terms of other attractions, the fact that you can easily reach the area on the train from any of the major cities means that it’s often popular with wine lovers.
If you do want to extract a little more out of your visit to Italy, then Tuscany could be just the ticket. This is regarded as one of the most picturesque destinations anyway, so if you add a few vineyard trips to your itinerary you’ve just completed the perfect package.
In fact, the size of Tuscany means that we’d probably recommend staying a couple of days – it’s not the place for a whistle-stop tour.
Germany is rarely spoken about when it comes to vineyards – it just doesn’t have that reputation that France and Italy have. However, when it comes to Mosel, the Germans have got this spot on. Again, just like some of the other regions we have looked at, it’s perhaps not the place if you want to see other attractions. If wine is just your thing, we’ll just say that Mosel is regarded as the best area in Germany. And, Germany happens to be in the top five countries in Europe in terms of wine production.
La Rioja, Spain
Few will be surprised to see that Spain has made an appearance on the list, with La Rioja being renowned. It’s an area which is known for Tempranillo – a type of Spanish grape – and people tend to distinguish a wine from this area very quickly due to the longer soaking process that the vineyards use. Again, it’s worth a visit.