If you love wine, then your ideal getaway probably involves drinking copious amounts of it. What better way to vacation than to explore a vineyard, winery, or tapas bar around the world.
Here are some of the best international vacation destinations for wine lovers:
1. Bordeaux, France
This historic French city features some of the most expensive and prestigious bottles of wine in the world. Enjoy a wine tour or a tasting while exploring Bordeaux's gorgeous Gothic architecture.
2. Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza is known for its impeccable red wine, especially Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. You're bound to have delicious regional dinners to accompany your wine tasting every night.
3. Tuscany, Italy
This ancient Italian city is known for chianti, a delicious red wine that was meant to be consumed with lots of pasta. While tasting the region's many grape varieties, you'll also be able to explore Tuscany's rolling hills and medieval castles.
4. Finger Lakes, New York
While most people think of the West Coast when talking about wine, the East Coast has its own array of impressive wineries. Finger Lakes has over 100 alone, each with breathtaking, panoramic views of the water that runs through the hills.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
Some of the world's finest white wines come from none other than South Africa. The Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay can't be beat.
6. Seville, Spain
While there aren't any wineries in Seville, you'll find plenty of delicious wine to drink while exploring the city's many tapas bars.
7. Napa Valley, California
This list wouldn't be complete without everyone's favorite wine tasting destination. Nestled between quaint towns, good shopping, and incredible restaurants, Napa Valley's wineries boast 4 million visitors per year.
8. Sonoma, California
Napa's little sister, Sonoma, is the second most popular wine region in America. Here you'll find a wide variety of wines that any avid drinker will be able to enjoy.
9. Yarra Valley, Australia
This Australian city is the perfect getaway spot if you love sparkling wines, cute towns, and fine dining.
10. Porto, Portugal
Nestled on Portugal's northwestern coast, Porto boasts incredible beaches where you can relax while sipping on the city's famous port wine.
11. Portland, Oregon
If you like eclectic cities, you'll love Portland. The Pacific Northwest region offers lots of unique bars and dining options as you go wine tasting. Even the wine out here knows how to "keep Portland weird."
12. Barcelona, Spain
Head to Barcelona if you're seeking a more tropical destination. Off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona features breathtaking views, flavorful Catalan cuisine, and an eclectic mix of ancient and modern architecture.
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