Wine isn't just for sipping anymore- it's for exploring in these great wine-centric destinations. Go to Napa
Valley, visit the vineyard where your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon is grown, and talk to the winemaker in person. Visit Bordeaux
and get the truest expression of terroir
possible, by grabbing a handful of that famous soil and giving it a sniff. Get a tour through the wine caves in Champagne
. Visit a cooperage in France
and see exactly how those oak barrels are made. If you like getting dirty, be sure to head into Sonoma
during harvest... they'll tell you to jump in and give them a hand!
Of course, destinations centered around wine can do much more than whet your whistle. A love for fine wines brings with it a love for great food, be it fresh pasta in Tuscany
or a twelve-course meal at Napa's French Laundry
. And where to sleep? Why, among the vineyards of course, in a bed and breakfast, in an old French castle, or even at the winery itself in Australia's Hunter Valley
. Good food, great wine, great lodgings, and welcoming locals eager to show you the fruits of their labor are all waiting at these great wine destinations.
Where locals go and what they eat when it's time to sample the grapes and get lazy by the river.