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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.

15 Fun Ways to Spend a Weekend in Winston-Salem

From visiting historic sites to wine tasting and seeing art, there are lots of fun things to do in Winston Salem NC

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.

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Sipping Our Way Through the Wineries of Crete

The vineyards of Klados Winery in Crete

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.

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What to do on a Perfect Long Weekend in Saratoga Springs

Visiting Congress Park is one of the best things to do in Saratoga Springs, New York

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.

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Uncommon Vintages from an Unusual Destination

Exploring Macedonian wines at the Popova Kula winery.

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.

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Four Perfect Places on Texas’ Grapevine Wine Trail

I'm Never Drinking Again sign in Grapevine, Texas

If you don’t think of wine when you think of Texas, you’re probably missing out. The Lone Star State may play second fiddle to more well-known U.S. producers of Napa or Oregon, but the offerings of Texas wineries are no less sophisticated or well-balanced.

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13 Things to Do on a Weekend in Mayberry

A painted wall in downtown shows features of the area. From outdoor activities to wine tasting to taking in the sights of "Mayberry," there are so many fun things to do in Mount Airy NC

Mount Airy, North Carolina–affectionately known as Mayberry–was Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. But Mount Airy is more than Mayberry, too. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in for good measure.

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