We all love wine, and we could all use a relaxing vacation. But what if we could get the best of both at the same time? If you’re a wine lover like all of us here at WTSO, you’re always searching for the next wine to taste and learn about. And what better place to do that than where that wine came from?
If you’re planning a vacation soon, why not turn it into a wine-cation? A wine-cation, by our definition, is a trip you take to try wines from around the world and discover your new favorites while experiencing beautiful landscapes, jaw-dropping activities, and a one-of-a-kind journey.
Get started on the wine-cation of your dreams with a little inspiration. Whether you’re currently packing your bags for your next trip or not, take a look at these five countries that wine lovers need to visit in their lifetime. Some are tried and true, while others are places you may not have even thought of.
So pop open your newest wine, sit back, and get ready to learn about the five countries that will have you yearning for another bottle:
It’s no surprise that France is sitting pretty on the top of this list. France is home to eleven major wine regions, plenty of smaller regions, and even a wine theme park. With all of the options to choose from, there’s something for every wine lover.
Provence is the best choice for rosé lovers, with picturesque lavender fields and rustic cuisine to boot. If you’re more into reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, visit Bordeaux’s warm vineyards. And for more of an interactive experience, head a short ways over to the theme park/museum hybrid that offers 800 varieties of wine and 20 wine-themed sections and exhibits.
Italy, as one of the most romantic countries in the world to visit, obviously has a place as one of the top countries for wine lovers to visit. It boasts some of the world’s boldest reds and most sparkling whites and takes all visitors on a journey through some of the finest vineyards and wine sampling experiences. Tuscany and Sicily are just two of the regions famous for Italian wine.
Nature, exotic animals, breathtaking views, and delicious wine — what gets better? New Zealand has only recently gained acclaim for its wine after the world discovered its crisp and delicious Sauvignon Blancs. And now, it’s known as the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world. Visit this destination to experience fruity, citrusy flavors and unique wine regions.
Almost nothing sounds more liberating than walking down the streets of Barcelona in your new outfit, taking in the landscape, listening to local music, and sipping on a glass of wine. With the most acreage of vineyards in the entire world, Spain is the third largest international producer of wine. Visitors can soak in lush valleys, sunkissed coasts, and over sixty wine regions.
It’s always a goo’day when you get a chance to drink wine in Australia. Tasting is actually one of the most popular activities for those who visit the land down under. Guests can take a cruise along the Southern coast to enjoy 400,000 acres worth of vines, a romantic atmosphere, and one-of-a-kind Australian Chardonnay.
Get to Sippin’
This list contains just a fraction of all the countries to visit for a wine-cation in your lifetime. So whether you’re already on an airline’s website or you’re just doing some research for future endeavors, keep these countries’ varietals in mind.
And when you want to take a trip around the wine world from the comfortable privacy of your own home, visit WTSO.com, the online wine store, for some of the best local and international selections. Every eight hours, you’ll have the chance to experience a unique wine that could become your new favorite. From your backyard vineyard to the valleys of Italy, you can find it all at our wine shop. Put on your sunscreen, pick out your best winery outfit, and pop a cork to international favorites that you can’t miss out on.