Best Places in Europe For Wine Making

Europe has been the worlds largest wine producer for over a thousand years , this is attributed by the large vineyards in Europe and skilled man power with years of experience on efficient wine making procedures.  The European union accounts for world’s 45% of wine growing areas, 65%of wine production, 57% of wine consumption and 70% of wine exportation to other countries.  The well known great wine regions in Europe include the following:

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Mosel, Germany

This is a river which runs through the great wine regions of Germany. There are great vineyards in the hillsides of this cooler region which are popular for the production of Riesling grapes.  Compared to other styles of wine, Riesling is slightly lighter and crispier and its production in this region has been a success since the 15th century.  Mosel is located in a strategic place surrounded by a green country side which forms beautiful sites for picnic lunches and it is also close to France making it a perfect stopover site during driving holidays.  Visit this region for great Riesling grapes wine.

La Rioja, Spain

This is another hotspot for wine making in European Region.  It is located at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains and has been a wine production site sine the early Roman times.  This region has gained popularity due to its vast wine production and vast amounts of production.  La Rioja is close to The Way of St James pilgrim which has boasted a number of monasteries and cathedrals which have been declared by UNESCO as world’s heritage sites.

Bordeaux, France

This region is located in the West side of France and it is believed to be the wine capital of the world.  Bordeaux has a stunning surrounding with a beautiful country side, sea side townships and medieval villages which adds to its uniqueness as a holiday site and thus improves its wine market.  The greatest wine produced in this region is legendary and it continues to be the fastest wine growing region in the world.  Here is a video of some of  the incredible wines from the Bordeaux region.

Champagne, Ardenne,  France

The sparkling wine made in this region has been viewed as the only true “champagne”. The soils in this region forms the secret for the great wine making since it is rich with chalky soils and caves in which wine is cooled in chalk cellars for a minimum of one and a half years , this makes its wine unique and of a high quality. This region has a natural beauty which matches its fame and it is also a good site for long walks and a lunch site for French dishes accompanied with matching wines.

Tuscany, Italy

This is one of the most popular wine regions in the world. Chianti is the most popular wine from this region .  Its ancient cellar door and a temperate climate attracts thousands of visitors each year to this region.  It is hard to find a bad glass of wine in this region with even the humble group in the society being in a position to serve you with an excellent red wine.

Choose any of these spectacular wine regions for a holiday trip including wine tasting to have a mind blowing experience with high quality wine from world’s most popular wine production sites.

Wine Tasting Tours in Napa Valley

With over 400 wineries and soils that are just right for grape production, Napa Valley is one of the world’s most sought after vacationing spot and preferred wine tasting destination. Napa valley indulges the visitors with not just winery visits, but luxurious accommodations, spa treatments, and incredible restaurants where you can experience unforgettable meals.

Things to consider before your visit:

While planning a trip to Napa Valley there are certain things that the visitor might want to consider. The most important one being the time when they decide to take the trip. Although people generally prefer to take trips in the summer, a trip to Napa Valley during summer is a huge no. A huge crowd of people flock to Napa Valley for their summer vacation, most definitely thinking the same as anyone else and preferring summer.

But the best time to visit Napa Valley is from September to November, this is the season where they harvest grapes and you can see the winery in action. Spring is the second best time to plan a visit, with mustard plants in full bloom and whole scenery covered in astonishing lavish greenery.

Choosing the wineries you want to visit:

Some of the best wineries in the world are located in the Napa Valley. You have to plan beforehand on which wineries to visit so you don’t get dillydallying into what other people are saying and missing out on all the good ones. Some of the Napa Valley wineries that you might want to consider for your visit are Beringer Vineyards (founded in 1876 by two German immigrants), Inglenook Winery (Previosly known as Coppola, or Niebaum Coppola), Domaine Chandon (One of themost visited winery in Napa Valley), Robert Mondavi (Napa’s first commercial winery), Castello di Amorosa, C.Sattui Winer, Cakebread (a lesser known but one of the best boutiques in Napa ), Frog’s Leap, St. Supery, Regusci, Hall, Frank Family and so on.

Visiting the wineries can be tad expensive so you might want to consider sharing your visitation tour with another group to be cost-effective and look for discount codes before your trip. When you visit a winery you might want to ask them to refer another place to visit and get exciting discounts with a free tasting referral card as well.

Things you’d want to consider during your visit:

Wine train:

One of the most popular attractions at Napa, travelling in a furnished dining car serving you meals and good wine, riding a wine train an activity you might want to consider.

· Picnics:

You might want to consider an intimate picnic with your loved ones while you’re staying at Napa. The hills at Diamond Oaks Winery is a popular destination for picnics.

Mud bath:

Soaking in volcanic ash and peat moss works wonder for your skin. Pamper yourself with facial masks, whirlpool bath, steam rooms, blanket wraps and massages while you’re staying in Napa.