WHERE THE WINE IS DIVINE: TOP 10 GRAPE DESTINATIONS

November 15th, 2014 | by Ashyln Molly

TripAdvisor®, the largest travel community in the world, recently announced the top 10 wine destinations in the world. Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Tuscany secured the top three spots, followed by Champagne-Ardenne and Australia’s Barossa Valley.

“In addition to supplying some of the finest wines to the world, these destinations offer visitors outstanding hotels, restaurants and wine tours,” said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor.

1. Bordeaux, France

An incredible wine-tasting experience awaits visitors to France’s Bordeaux region, one of the world’s most sough-after wine destinations. Its vineyards produce everything from table wines to the costliest bottles in the world.

2. Napa Valley, California

Each year, millions of wine enthusiasts travel to Napa Valley to enjoy sensational wine and stunning scenery. With an ideal Mediterranean climate, the valley is home to nearly 400 wineries that offer a variety of grapes, from Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon.

3. Tuscany, Italy

A magical location to taste the local “vino”, the Tuscany province of Italy combines natural and historic beauty with unique vineyards and cuisine. Renowned for its reds like Montalcino and Chianti, Tuscany is one of the most renowned wine destinations and a true delight for the senses.

4. Champagne-Ardenne, France

With carefully tended vineyards in the midst of a striking landscape, the Champagne region is famous for the much-loved sparkling white wine that shares its name.

5. Barossa Valley, Australia

Highly praised for its beautiful surroundings and robust varieties of red wine including Shiraz, Barossa Valley in Southern Australia is a terrific destination for both sightseers and wine connoisseurs.

6. La Rioja, Spain

Because of the delicious vanilla flavors and the oak aging, Spain’s most well-known wine region offers especially characteristic wines. Acknowledged for its exceptional reds, La Rioja is divided into three areas: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja.

7. Sonoma Valley, California

Featuring picturesque towns, gorgeous surroundings and well-attended vineyards, the Sonoma Valley was nicknamed the “Valley of the Moon” by once Sonoma local and celebrated writer Jack London.

8. Valle Central, Chile

The Curicó’s chardonnays and the Maipo Valley’s cabernets attract wine lovers from both near and far away. Set among the Andes Mountains and Pacific Ocean just outside the capital Santiago, the Valle Central is an internationally acclaimed wine destination.

9. Stellenbosch, South Africa

With more than 100 wine cellars to visit, Stellenbosch belongs to the Cape Winelands region and is home to one of South Africa’s most popular wine routes.

10. Marlborough, New Zealand

Recognized for its adorable Sauvignon Blancs, Marlborough is widely seen as New Zealand’s birthplace of winemaking.

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