These days, wine and travel seem to go effortlessly hand in hand. Wine tourism has increased exponentially in the past 10 years, and many wineries have revamped their approach so that visitors can not only taste the wine, but also walk the vineyards and tour the cellars. Wine travel also tends to be set in extraordinarily beautiful places; an added bonus for those who aren’t looking to pack their days full of activity — and who are perfectly content to sit with a glass of regional wine and enjoy the vistas. Read on as we break down some of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.
5. Clare Valley, Australia
Australia is not just for beer drinkers, and its rise to become one of the top-producing wine regions in the world is indicative of the boom the Down Under industry has seen. Though other valleys in Australia, including the Tamar, Yarra, and Hunter valleys, are continuing their growth in popularity, the Clare Valley continues to quietly be one of the country’s most productive regions for wine. It’s staggeringly beautiful, too, so hop on a bicycle and wind your way through the Riesling Trail, which passes several vineyards and traditional old, stone houses.
Recommended wines: The Clare Valley is known for its production of Rieslings, but Rieslings here tend to be less sweet than the typical German varieties. Try a 2007 Koonowla Riesling, which has complex flavors of wildflowers, grapefruit, and guava, and pairs perfectly with grilled vegetables and spicy food. For green and pear flavors, turn to a 2008 Reilly’s Barking Mad Riesling.