September 13, 2013
The Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations of 2013
By Kate Mulcrone
Wine Enthusiast magazine has come up with a list of 10 must-visit places for wine-lovers. We've also included some stories to help you plan in each destination.
1. Rioja, Spain
The magazine ranks Rioja ranks as the granddaddy of Spanish wine regions.
2. Danube, Austria
Just outside Vienna are Wachau, Kremstal, Traisental, Kamptal and Wagram, where much of the country's wines are produced.
3. The North and South Forks of Long Island, NY
Long Island's wine country is only two hours away from the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan.
4. Stellenbosch, South Africa
According to the magazine Stellenbosch has the largest number of wineries in southern Africa, all within a day's drive of each other.
5. Monterey, CA
Monterey County is one of California's foremost wine-producing regions, and home to much more than just great vineyards.
6. Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil
This hilly, tree-filled region is Brazil's largest and most important wine-producing area -- in fact, 90 percent of the country's wines come from Vale dos Vinhedos.
7. Willamette Valley, OR
Wine Spectator recognized the Willamette Valley for its friendly wineries as well as gorgeous scenery, toy towns and a dazzling array of outdoor activities.
8. Hunter Valley, Australia
Hunter Valley is one of the country's oldest grape-growing regions, and there are some wines made in styles found nowhere else.
9. Douro, Portugal
The editors of Wine Enthusiast called out Northern Portugal's Douro area as the most beautiful wine region in the world.
10. Puglia, Italy
A rocky peninsula bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, magical Puglia is a thin peninsula packed tight with the same attributes that attracted us to Italy decades ago: It's an undiscovered land with an enviable quality of life.
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