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A plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for wine production, is called a vineyard. This definition of a vineyard or a winery, as called by the professionals of the field, does not hold true in today’s scenario. Over time vineyards have changed their image from just grape cultivation places to popular tourist spots! They have evolved into spectacular tourist attractions with all the modern facilities ranging from riverside trips to continental restaurants. Wine lovers from all over the world take out time to plan a trip to these amazing vineyards to gain a more elaborate insight to the winemaking process. Of late, some of the vineyards have been giving many popular tourist places a run for their money.
Here we bring you top seven vineyards which are worth a visit at least once in this lifetime:
1. Lavaux Vineyards – Switzerland
Popularly known as the Swiss Wine Route, Lavaux is the largest continuous vineyard region in Switzerland. Presenting spectacular scenery, Lavaux stretches over a huge land area of 830 hectares accessible by a car or a hiking trail. It may not be the best vineyard in the world and other wineries may have a better reputation for wine and easy to reach, but no other vineyard has been given the status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. Lavaux is definitely worth a visit or even more. Lying in the lap of Mediterranean climate, the grapes grow easily and with a characteristic flavor.
2. Yarra Yering Winery – Australia
Located in Australia, Yarra Yering is a top winery of the Yarra valley. A perfect destination for a one day trip, the winery has a lot of ‘must-do’ stuff. The winery has a rich historical background and is so old that the definitive Yarra Valley style of wine-making doesn’t exist anymore and has evolved a lot. A large variety ranging from Organic Wines to Merlot and Pinot Noir, the valley attracts wine lovers from all over the world. Tours and tasting facilities are available by appointment or without appointments too. The place also has a scenic environment along the banks of Yarra valley and is a family outing destination.
3. Mission Hill Winery – Canada
A vineyard with modern buildings, Mission Hill Winery is located in British Columbia, Canada in the Okanagan Valley wine region. The winery is an attractive destination for the tourists throughout the world for winery tours and wine tastings. The vineyard offers a first-hand opportunity to witness and understand the process of making winemaking philosophy. In addition to it, the place also has a vast art collection including one-of-a-kind sculptures. The icing on the cake is the chance to taste Mission Hill ’s award winning wines in one of their Private Tasting Salons! Mission Hill surely is one of the most happening wineries in the world.
4. Holden Manz Winery – South Africa
Popularly known as the dark horse of the global wine production, the Holden Manz Winery is situated in South Africa. The wines produced have been constantly awarded and known for their distinct taste and quality. A visit to the vineyard will also give you an opportunity to experience African outdoor adventures. The kitchen restaurants and tasting venues are an added advantage serving delicious meals for the tourists throughout the year. A picnic on the banks of the Franschhoek river during a visit to the winery is another option popular among the visitors.
5. Dominio Del Plata Winery – Argentina
A medium sized winery located in Mendoza Argentina, Dominio Del Plata Winery spreads over an area of 7000 square meters. Popular for employing eco-friendly methods to produce wine, the winery has even received ISO 22000 certification providing complete transparency to the consumers of the entire winemaking and shipping process. Visiting the world’s fifth largest producer of wine is definitely a dream for wine lovers and the hosts understand that! The winery thus offers amazing hospitality. The family project, headed by Susano Balbo, also offers the opportunity to discover Argentina’s typical tastings.
6. Leeuwin Estate Winery – Australia
Often listed among the top 10 vineyards of the world, Leeuwin Estate Winery is one of the southern hemisphere’s most popular vineyards. Preferable among the tourists for its cool climate and award-winning restaurants, the vineyard also hosts musical concerts featuring national and international singers. An art gallery, a golf course and plenty of other tourist attractions make it a place worth visiting even if you are not so fond of wine! According to The Daily Telegraph Ultra travel ‘Today, Leeuwin is more than a wine estate and has become something of a cultural gathering place.’
7. Chard Farm Winery – New Zealand
Located on an amazing terrace in New Zealand offering a spectacular scene, Chard Farm Winery is an ideal candidate for the best winery in the world. Spread over five vineyards, it is the only part of the country that has a continental climate. A beautiful drive over the river awaits the visitors reaching the tasting room. Moreover, the maritime climate is not only ideal for growing grapes but for visitors too. Hundreds of tasting rooms, winery restaurants, vineyard accommodation, winery tours, and experiences are some of the factors making this vineyard irresistible.
A weekend trip to a winery will be a delight for any wine lover. Even if you are not so fond of it, these places have so much to offer that you will enjoy a lot. A perfect spot over the river, a fresh bottle of wine and a perfectly cooked meal to go with it is definitely something everyone is bound to relish. So pack your bags and set out. A motorcycle trip to the winery will be even more fun! So what are you waiting for? And yeah, don’t forget to bring some wine back home.
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about travelling and cooking. Currently she is contributing- https://www.hxbenefit.com/food-nutrition-diet