We all like a tipple every now and then and if wine is your drink of choice then why not spoil your taste buds with a holiday tailored to your wine loving habits?
The history and culture of a country can be seen through its wine, and trip to a country’s wine region is always as educational as it is enjoyable.
So if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference this year, try one of these wine-loving countries.
South African wines are world renowned. The history of South African wine dates back to 1659 when Constantia was thought to be one of the world’s greatest wines.
South Africa is home to 1.5 per cent of the world’s grape vineyards and the country produces around 264 gallons of wine each year.
Bordeaux has to be one of the top destinations for wine lovers, with a wine-making heritage going back centuries.
Wine lovers will be impressed by the stunning vineyards and Chateaux of this region of South West France, as well as the sleek and cosmopolitan style of the city of Bordeaux itself.
California is famous for its golden sandy beaches, bronzed looking Americans, Hollywood, and of course, great wine.
California is home to 90 per cent of America’s wine production and would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world if it were an independent nation.
There are over 2,800 registered wineries and 4,600 wine grape growers in California. There are many tours which take you through Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley in Northern California, which are popular winemaking regions.
Sangria is wine with a fruity twist and the best place to try it is undoubtedly Spain. For some great example’s of one of Spain’s most famous exports, head to Scala Dei Priorat winery, an hour southwest of Barcelona.
Not only will you find Sangria, but also a 12th century monastery and one of the world’s oldest vineyards.
The Maipo Valley is home to some of the most famous wines of the New World. They are the oldest vineyards in Chile and just one hour’s drive from the Santiago so you can combine a wine trip with a city break to the Chilean capital.