5 Of The Best Wineries Worth Traveling For
We all have different things that influence our travel bucket list. For some of us, its art and culture, for others its the world’s best beaches that draw us in. A lot of us plan our travel around food. But, more and more people are planning their vacations around where the best wineries are. So, here are my tips for the best wine destinations to add to your bucket list.
The Best Wineries Worth Traveling For
1. Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley-California
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Artesa has an excellent wine collection of chardonnay, albarino, pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc pinot noir, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and sparkling wines. But, what takes this winery over the top are the stunning views. The building is built on the side of a hill and there is a reflecting pool which adds an artistic touch. Make an appointment for a vineyard tour.
2. Château de Saint-Martin, Route des Arcs, Taradeau-France
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French wine is definitely worth traveling for. Provence is an incredible area with some of the best wineries in France. Château de Saint-Martin is a storybook 18th-century château surrounded by 40 hectares of vines. The best thing is you can stay the night (or several nights). If you like a little romance with your wine, this is the place to go. If you can’t make it to France, make sure to check online or in your local store for some great French wines.
3. Antinori Chianti Classico, San Casciano in Val di Pesa-Italy
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The Antinori Chianti Classico winery in Tuscany is set among olive groves and has two of Italy’s best wines: Solaia and Tignanello. The architecture of the winery is stunning and was designed by the architectural firm Archea Associati. Guided tours run every hour, and you must book ahead of time. Eat the Chianti burger at the restaurant on the top floor.
4. Linden Vineyards, Linden-Virginia
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What really sets the wines of Linden vineyards apart is their originality. Linden used French varieties of grapes and French-American hybrids. The white wines have subtle minerality, verve and vibrant acidity. Their red wines show earth, depth and structure. Their wines age well and they often release them many years past vintage. These are some of the most focused wines in the United States, and Jim Law’s obsession with growing good grapes shows in the bottle.
5. Volcano Winery, Big Island-Hawaii
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If sipping wine underneath a volcano sounds like something you want to try, then head to Volcano Winery on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of the best wineries if you are in the mood for something unique and different. Volcano Winery blends wine grapes with tropical fruits such as guava and the exotic jaboticaba berry to create their wines. The popular dessert wine is their Macadamia Nut Honey wine which I can vouch is incredible with chocolate cake. They don’t distribute internationally or even to the mainland US, so if you want to try these wines you had better head to Hawaii.
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