Vacations are a luxury and necessity! The question then becomes, where to go? If wine rules your life—as it should—then alcohol is a major consideration in the decision of vacation destinations. Put the words vacation and wine together, and it’s a recipe for pure, unadulterated happiness. Check out our list of best wine travel destinations for your next vacation.
The Aegean Islands, Greece
Scenic hillsides and whitewashed villages make these islands the perfect destination for relaxation. The fact that wine is also involved just adds a cherry to the 5-layered cake!
Valle de Guadalupe/Baja California, Mexico
With rising quality of wine over the past two decades and only 2 hours from San Diego, the Valle de Guadalupe has it’s very own wine route called Ruta del Vino. The closer the vacation destination, the longer the vacation. Need I say more?
Texas Wine Country, USA
The number 5 wine producing state in the U.S. and home to this awesome company called Personal Wine, Texas wine country has had an explosion of new wineries. On your trip, be sure to come through Austin and come visit our Red Room Wine Lounge. It’s underground, red, and full of wine. Yes, wine.
Awestruck by the Andes Mountains, this dessert wine region has evolved into one of the top wine tourism locations. There is more here than just the mountains and Malbec. Grilled-meat feasts, new hotels, and wineries abound, brush up on your Spanish and get to drinking!
An hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley to the east, and the coastline to the west, Sonoma boasts some of the best New World cool-climate wines in the world. If you get hungry there are plenty of stellar foods options.
Germany’s warmest and sunniest region, Baden is located alongside the border of Switzerland and France. The amount of sunshine and soil varieties allow the Pinot and Rieslings to shine. Make sure to drink up and relax.
Barossa Valley, Australia
First settlers of this region were not convicts, but Silesian Lutherans which gives this region a unique flavor. The sunny and warm climate, coupled with the wine glass that should be in your hands at all times, makes this the perfect getaway!
Walla Walla, USA
The epicenter of Washington wine tourism and only a 50-minute flight from Seattle, Walla Walla boasts more than 120 wineries and dozens of vineyards. More wineries means more wine. In other words, where’s your glass?
Located in the beautiful south of France and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Languedoc in no way lacks the beauty necessary to relax. With multiple landscapes and weather patterns, the wine here has superb value. Drink away!
Bordered by Tuscany and Italy’s only landlocked region, Umbria boasts gorgeous rolling hills and green valleys that are cultivated with olive groves and vineyards. The natural beauty coupled with the well-preserved medieval towns makes this place seem stuck in a time period not of today. Wine is a requirement here.