Dazzling colors, canals, the wonder of half-timbered buildings that look like a perfect illustration—these are the things of Colmar, France.
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For thousands of years, wine has been the beverage of choice for much of the world. The basics of wine production are simple: a fruit (usually grapes) is harvested and crushed, then a yeast is added which converts the sugar in the fruit juice to alcohol. It’s a simple chemical equation. The results are anything but simple. The resulting wine is a magical, delicious beverage layered with complex tastes and aromas that are the result of the land where the grapes are grown.
Wine tourism is big business. Wine regions around the world are among the top travel destinations: Napa, Sonoma, Tuscany, Boudreaux, Finger Lakes, and Mendoza. These destinations are so iconic they don’t need a state or even a country description. We all know where they are located.
Visiting vineyards and wineries are one of our favorite activities on our travels. Here are some of our favorite wine experiences.
In Mexico, we discovered one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Yes, you heard that right: Mexican wine. In the Valle de Guadalupe wineries, we found viticultural excellence.
Sandwiched between the wine powerhouses of Germany and France, Luxembourg–one of Europe’s smallest countries–makes great wine, too.
Just a half-hour from Austin, Dripping Springs, Texas, combines some of the best outdoor activities in Texas with the food and craft beverages usually only seen in the cities.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the feeling of a small town wrapped in a big city. Once known for its industries like tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has broadened its appeal as a center of art, culture, and food while still paying homage to its past.
What do you need after lots of sightseeing? World-class food, wine, beer, and more.
The mountains of Crete stretch on for miles. Except for a few rocky bits and areas punctuated by brilliant fuchsia wildflowers, everything is green. Of course there are olive trees—this is Greece, after all. But there are also miles and miles of perfectly manicured grapevines swooping down the slopes.
When we lived in Manhattan, friends would talk about how cute Saratoga Springs was. But with little time or money to get away from the grind, the city remained one of those places that we hoped to get to “one day.” And then it finally happened, and we were blown away.
Dallas is about BBQ and cowboys—both the football kind and the calf-roping kind—but it’s so much more than that, too.
In southern Macedonia, we encountered an unexpected destination. On the hills above the tiny village of Demir Kapija we discovered the castle tower of the Popova Kula winery. From the first glimpse of the building, we knew this would be special.