South African wines are some of the best in the world. And many of the best South African wines come from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley outside of Hermanus. Hemel-en-Aarde means “heaven on earth” in Afrikaans and we can attest to the fact that this is not an embellishment. We visited Creation Wines to taste the distinctively
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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.
Wines in Eastern United States have a reputation of being very sweet – something like drinking fortified grape juice. We were expecting our visit to the wineries in Central Pennsylvania to be more of the same, but we were wrong.
“Prepare yourselves for merriment!” The voice of the man in knee-high boots and a wide-brimmed crimson hat boomed as we entered the castle walls. Right from the beginning, it was clear this was no ordinary place.
In the German Christmas markets, gluhwein is a staple sold at dozens of stands among the ornaments and nutcrackers.
One way we get the most out of our travels is through long weekend getaways. Living on the East Coast, there are dozens of destinations within a few hours of our home.
On a cool evening, we boarded tram #D in Vienna and headed to the end of the line. When we travel, we look for “local experiences” and a local had told us about something called a heuriger in the Austrian capital. We didn’t understand the concept, but if it was a local restaurant that served wine,
In which we got all access to some of the best wineries in Tuscany! During the Cantine Aperte wine festival in Italy, wineries open their doors to the public and reveal their secrets.