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Who doesn’t dream of tasting some of the best wines in the world in the very vineyards where the grapes are grown? Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a wine lover or simply wine-curious, you’ll find that there’s something for everyone in these European wine regions.
The Loire Valley, with its magnificent châteaux and gardens, is one of the most beautiful parts of France. It is also one of the country’s most diverse wine regions, producing all types of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling and sweet. Follow one of the wine routes, visit the wine cellars and talk to the enthusiastic growers while you sample their gorgeous wines.
A wine tasting trip to Tuscany, the home of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, is something that everyone should do at least once. With a private Tuscan villa as your base, you can explore the picturesque countryside, tour the vineyards and try as many Tuscan – and Super Tuscan – wines as you like.
On the coast north of Lisbon lies the old wine region of Estremadura, which recently changed its name to Lisboa. Lisboa is Portugal‘s largest producer of wine by volume. The many scenic hills and valleys create different microclimates producing a vast range of wines, including perhaps the best white wine made in Portugal: Bucelas.
Have you ever had a glass of Chablis or Beaujolais? Thought so. They are two of the most popular wines in the world, and both are made in Burgundy. This region in the east of France, also renowned for its exquisite cuisine, is strewn with old castles and Roman churches. A trip to Burgundy is a treat for your senses as well as your taste buds.
The beautiful wine region of Piedmont lies at the foot of the Alps in the northwestern corner of Italy. Famous for its reds, most notably Barolo and Barbaresco, and the sparkling white Asti, Piedmont attracts wine lovers from all over the world.