Our Winery Issue wouldn’t be complete without a roundup of some of the most famous, and delicious, wine regions around the world! If you fancy yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur then perhaps one of these wine regions would be the perfect spot for your honeymoon?! Check out “Winery Regions Around The World For Your Honeymoon” and get planning!
Perhaps one of THE most well-known wine regions in the world is the Bordeaux region in France. The home of the largest fine-wine vineyards in the world with a diversity of different types of wine production – reds, dry or sweet whites, rosés, light reds, and sparkling whites. The vineyards include chateaux, historic villages, medieval cities, churches & archaeological sites, so if you fancy a bit of history with your wine then this is the region to visit.
The wine growers open their vineyards for wine tastings, wine courses, and numerous gourmet discoveries. Why not head off the beaten track? Taste a Sauternes wine while perched in a 200-year-old cedar tree. Stay a night (or two!) in a giant wooden wine cask converted into a guest room! Or try a workshop where you can create your own Bordeaux wine – perfect to keep for your first anniversary.
For family-owned and operated wineries, you really can’t go past the Napa Valley in California. Located north of San Francisco the district is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines and Michelin star restaurants. Harvest season runs from August to October for those wanting a prime wine tasting experience, but to escape the crowds and have a more intimate time with your newly wedded love, try to visit in spring – from March to May.
With hundreds of vineyards to visit, expansive outdoor spaces and behind-the-scenes private tours of wine cellars & caves, Napa Valley is the place for those heading to the USA for their honeymoon and who want to savour a delectable wine experience.
The Cape Winelands in South Africa is close to Cape Town (less than 1-hour drive) and has some of the most stunning wineries in the world. The wine route is expansive and breathtaking. The best time for honeymooners to visit the region is from September to April – the weather is dry and there are new vintage wines available to try and buy! Be sure to set aside some time to try out different activities such as strawberry picking, and different events hosted by different wineries, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
No worldwide winery region roundup would be complete without Tuscany in Italy. Not only is this region famous for its wine, but it also boasts olive oil, truffles, and other culinary delights. And did we mention the glorious countryside and small towns dotted throughout? The natural beauty of Tuscany is hard to surpass, and the region is renowned for its food, wine products, art, culture, and traditions. The secret to Tuscany’s unrivaled wine-making heritage? Tuscan wines’ garnet-red colour, medium body, and unique aromas all result from the high tannin and acidity in a Sangiovese grape.
If you’re planning an Italian honeymoon, you would be remiss to not include a drive through the Tuscan wine region.
Often referred to as South America’s “Bordeaux”, the Maipo Valley & Pirque in Chile is located close to Santiago, and produces some of the best red wines in the world! March and April are undoubtedly the best months to visit – the vineyards are stunning through harvest season, and the wineries offer fine wine and exquisite cuisine. It also boasts wine tours, wine tasting, and bike rides so you can be sure to have an extensive experience when you visit its vineyards.
Most famous for producing Malbecs (a dry style red wine) the Mendoza Malbecs are some of the best in the world. The Mendoza wine region, considered the heart of the country’s wine-making industry, is situated in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, and the vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world. Epic and incredibly beautiful – the perfect spot for an awe-inspiring honeymoon with a glass of red.
There is also a Wine and Harvest Museum in the city of Maipu in the region, where visitors can watch the winemaking and bottling processes, and take guided tours.
The Douro Valley wine region is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The region is a gem of Portugal, and is best known for port wine – sweet and often served with dessert. The best time to visit and trip out to the Duoro Valley is in April and May without the summer heat and crowds. The landscape is filled with vineyards, and the perfect way to take them in is via a boat ride on the Duoro River. Visit wine estates and see stunning views along the way!
New Zealand’s wine region offering of Marlborough is world famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. The region is about fresh seafood, diverse and glorious landscapes, and the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Take a guided tour, or hire a bike, and enjoy award-winning wine tastings, indulge in a luxuriously leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant, and be sure to pair the wine with the local produce for the best Marlborough has to offer.