Sipping on a chilled glass of wine with a beautiful sunset in view seems like a dream. During the past few years, more and more people have been recognizing the beauty and elegance of wineries. The rows and rows of vines are unreal—a sight you’ll never forget. If you’re filled with both wanderlust and oenophilia, we’ve come up with a few of our favorite spots you should check out—sooner rather than later!
Our Top 5 Beautiful Destinations for Wine Lovers
1. Douro Valley, Portugal
Move over, Porto—Douro Valley is bringing in tons of wine lovers this year. The scenic UNESCO World Heritage site is full of stunning 18th- and 19th-century wine estates, or quintas. The stone-terraced vineyards rise up above the Douro River, making for a breathtaking view. The area is known for its world-famous port wine and Vinho Verde white wine.
Wineries to Visit: Quinta da Pacheca, Quinta do Crasto, and Quinta do Bomfim
2. Sonoma County, California
Often overlooked for its busier neighbor, Napa Valley, Sonoma County is full of incredible wines. This quintessential California wine country boasts around 400 separate wineries for you to explore. Most feature cool-climate wines such as chardonnays and pinot noirs. The best part of visiting Sonoma County is that, with your wine glass in hand, you’re surrounded by magnificent redwood forests and rugged coastlines.
Wineries to Visit: Korbel Champagne Cellars, Buena Vista Winery, and Paul Hobbs Winery
3. Burgundy, France
One of France’s two powerhouse winemaking regions, Burgundy is one of the top places any oenophile needs to visit. If you’re hoping for a tour and a tasting, you’ll need to schedule well in advance. Plenty of estates offer tours, but as Burgundy is one of the top wine-producing regions in the world, you can’t expect to just walk in.
Wineries to Visit: Château de Santenay, Maison Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Domaine Mestre Père & Fils
4. Cape Town, South Africa
Beautiful wine estates are the norm in Cape Town. Dramatic views and ultimate tranquility are in abundance—sipping on a crisp chardonnay has never sounded better. Constantia Valley is a 30-minute drive from the city and is full of unbelievable wine varieties. Take a trek to the impressive city and taste all the wine you can—you won’t regret it.
Wineries to Visit: Beau Constantia, Klein Constantia, and the Vergelegen Wine Estate
5. Willamette Valley, Oregon
This is an expansive area, but the wine is worth the trip. The mild climate of Willamette Valley lends to the beautiful wine varieties found at every turn. The New World wines are some of the best, and the region’s pinot noirs and chardonnays are some of the best in the world. Take in the stunning views of the Chehalem Mountains, devour some scrumptious food, and enjoy the relaxation and euphoria that a great wine brings.