Wine is so different depending on the climate and region it has been grown in, so comparing and tasting the differences is really fun and interesting. Keen to combine travel and wine then take a look at my guest bloggers wines of the world…
Wines of the world – France
I want to start with one of the top wine producing countries in the world – France. France has the perfect climate to grow the grapes that make up Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. These grapes are now grown throughout the world, but they originated in France. These wines are meant to be paired with food, but we all know that isn’t always how it happens.
If you are planning to travel to France, be sure to visit some of their wine producing regions. There are many, but a couple of the most popular regions are Bordeaux and Burgundy. You will find many wine tasting options, beautiful vineyards, and learn so much about the history of wine in France. The wine tasting experience in France is meant to be relaxing and you will be able to enjoy the quiet countryside.
Wines of the world – United States
The United States has moved up in the world of wine, becoming another of the top wine producing countries in the world. In the past, the United States didn’t quite rank up there with the rest but, thanks to California, has begun to produce a large amount of wine. Other states in the United States that produce a large amount of wine are Oregon and New York, but all 50 states produce some wine.
In the United States you will be able to find red and white wine, as well as Rosé. Wineries offer both sweet and dry wines and will have something for every palate. It doesn’t matter where you plan on traveling to in the United States, there will be a winery within a decent proximity and some of the best wines in the country are found in the most unexpected places. While Texas and Washington aren’t a top wine producing region in the United States, they still offer some of the most delicious wines in the United States.
Wines of the world – Argentina
Argentina has only been known for producing great wine for a short time, but during that time they have made a name for themselves. Some of their popular red wines are Malbec, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah. If you’re more of the white wine type of person, the grape that Argentina is known for is Torrontés and the wine made from this grape is something you will not experience anywhere else. You can also find amazing Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio in Argentina.
If you are looking to travel to Argentina, Mendoza is a great place to visit and try the wine. You’ll find the greatest selection and the best tasting Argentinian wine there and they offer wine tours, so you can safely travel to several different wineries. With these wine tours, you will be picked up at your hotel and travel to several wineries. You can’t pass that up!
Wines of the world – South Africa
South Africa has an extremely long history of wine production and their wines are amazing, both in cost and flavor. When traveling, make sure to visit Stellenbosch or Paarl because both places offer great wines. If you’re looking for a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa can offer delicious varieties of both. You can also find Pinotage, which is a grape that is only found in South Africa. If you are looking to experience true South African wine, you must try a wine that includes Pinotage. South Africa also offers Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both being full bodied and worth the trip.
I have found that wine from South Africa is hard to find in stores (at least in the United States), so for true South African wine you need to add South Africa to your travel list. When visiting the wineries, you will learn what food pair best with each wine you try, and you will also get to learn how growing grapes on a mountain is so different from growing themanywhere else.
While at the winery, make sure you buy a bottle to take with you and enjoy a glass of crisp, refreshing wine at Hout Bay, overlooking the water and Chapman’s Peak.
Have any of you travelled to another country and had a wine tasting? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Before I end this, I just want to say thank you to Elle, for letting me write a guest post on your awesome blog!! This post was so much fun to write!
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I’d like to extend a thank you to my guest blogger Sarah for combining two of my favourite things; wine and travel into a great blog post for you all to enjoy.