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When visiting a vineyard I don't go there only for the wine. I love the tradition and the stories people often share. Vineyards are great travel destinations, you get great wines, great food , fabulous views and, if you're lucky, a story or two about how they make it.
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Graz, Austria
As Austria extends further towards the Mediterranean, the country’s landscape changes from rugged cliffs and mountain tops to a soft, green paradise. Styria’s southern wine country is called little Tuscany for a reason: vineyards that flow into...
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Strada comunale Serra, 1, 14055 Annunziata, Costigliole d'Asti AT, Italy
Winemaker Renato Ratti recently opened to the public his family’s 18th-century, 13-room villa in the Piedmont countryside. An old cellar stores decades’ worth of Ratti wines. Guided tastings can be arranged upon request, and bottles can be shipped...
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I love wine. But, I also love vineyards. I love the bright green leaves; the green, red and purple juicy grapes; but, mostly, I love the symmetry of the rows of grapevines. There is something orderly to it all. And throw in a brightly-colored red...
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Route de Sorgues, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
Every guest room in this 19th-century castle (whose name means “small rocks”) overlooks the vineyards of France’s famous wine region, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just outside Avignon. The kingly decor includes canopied beds, and bathrooms built into the...
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Rivaz, Switzerland
Lavaux in Vaud, Switzerland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 830 hectares of vineyards just 20 minutes by train from Lausanne. Slanted dramatically, these fields stretch about 30 km along the banks of Lake Geneva producing mostly Chasselas...
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Cambridge Rd, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
We discovered this tiny, relatively unknown winery in Martinborough and with one taste it became our favorite. Not only is the Dovetail blend spectacular, but when we decided to stay for a while and drink a bottle, the vineyard's owner Lance...
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37022 Fumane, VR, Italy
Outside the city of Verona lies the Valpolicella wine region, home of the wines of the same name and the full bodied Amarone. This area is not heavily touristed, at least not by Americans. And it is beautiful: hilly, slightly mountainous, with...
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2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
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Driving thru the wine fields of central California wasn’t technically on ‘the list’ of things to see or do while we were out exploring, but wow was it pretty awesome! If I remember right this was right outside Paso Pobles, and the best part about...
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18755 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135, USA
When it comes to wine and viticulture, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Napa immediately come to mind. But you can add Virginia, too. The wine business has taken off here with over 200 licensed...
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51160 Hautvillers, France
Champagne is a vast patchwork of vineyards, but they've been divided over the years until some plots are just a few rows. Three types of grapes go into a classic Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. I picked all three of them when...
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246 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka 9381, New Zealand
Located on Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, Rippon Winery is as well known for its view as it is for its wine. For more than 25 years, the Mills family has been producing world class wines on their family estate overlooking Lake Wanaka. Like many New...
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Riegersburg 29, 8333 Riegersburg, Austria
Driving through Styrian wine country, you might not immediately recognize Hotel Riegersburg. This is because it is hidden inside a vineyard, blending in perfectly with nature. The Hotel is a place of absolute enjoyment, of culinary pleasures and...
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Via Ciarliana, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
A walk on the vineyards, after the harvest, enjoying the sun of October. You don't need really a car, you can simply walk for a couple of kilometres out of the historic center and you will see the vineyards used for producing the famous Vino...
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Località Mercatello, 11, 06055 Marsciano PG, Italy
There is more than just fabulous wine being created at Monte Vibiano. There is holistic thinking and a drive towards excellence. The winery has worked towards a zero carbon footprint, for the earth, but also for the grapes vines and olive trees....
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1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4, Canada
You may not know but British Columbia has a wine region that is a worthy rival of Napa and Tuscany. Mission Hill Winery is one of the stellar estates that not only has some of the best wine in Canada but also serves the best food with matching...
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495 S Lakeshore Rd, Chelan, WA 98816, USA
The up and coming wine region surrounding Lake Chelan in central Washington is a great place to spend a weekend relaxing and tasting boutique wines. Central Washington's warm, dry climate is perfect for a number of varietals, and small wineries...
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Oneroa, Auckland, New Zealand
Only 35 minutes away from Auckland City by ferry, Mudbrick Restaurant is one of the gems of Waiheke Island. A short taxi ride from Matiatia Wharf and you're there - trying to decide whether you should be looking at the view or the menu. A...
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2 Rue du Château, 64000 Pau, France
If you're looking for the prefect French vacation destination, the picturesque city of Pau, in Southwest France, may just have it all. Its location is perfect, almost equidistant from the stunning Pyrenees Mountains, for hiking and skiing, and the...
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Oberstraße 37, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
This is the tour for people who don't like tours. A stunning and inexpensive way to see this beautiful part of German wine country, this self-guided 'tour' starts in the picturesque town of Rüdesheim am Rhein with a ride over the vineyards in an...
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19017 Manarola, SP, Italy
Along my walk from Corniglia to Manarola. Passing though these vineyards i met lots of locals guys getting the vines ready for the season. They were really friendly, answering all of my many questions about traditions, history, and favorite hiking...
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10 Route de Giscours, 33460 Labarde, France
An original…Giscours can be traced back to the fourteenth century. The first vines were planted back in 1552 by a wealthy Bordeaux draper name Pierre de Lhomme. The vineyards have been in the hands of multiple owners since the beginning, however...
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Le Vendange is the time when the grapes are harvested and it's thrilling to watch the grapes being gathered and prepared. This photo was taken at a small vineyard called Chateau Fongrenier-Stuart. Its fairly close to Monbazillac, home to some of...
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Gumpoldskirchen, Austria
Vienna is a true city. The capital is big, cosmopolitan and cultured – not many would expect rustic country life to be so close. Just take the Südbahn 20 minutes out of Vienna and you will find yourself in a completely different world. There are...
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3005 Mines Rd, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
Murrieta's Well sits on a small road outside the town of Livermore, an unassuming wine country about 40 miles east of San Francisco. Grape vines cover the hills surrounding the tasting room, an old barn that has been renovated, bringing a rustic...