Top 3 Wine Destinations of 2013: The Unusual Suspects
With summer being so close a lot of us are panicking about that perfect grape escape. Wine Oh TV teamed up with Winerist to help uncover the Top 3 Wine Destinations of 2013 and these are not the usual suspects. Winerist is a wine travel website that is always looking for the next great destination with their regional experts doing continuous research so that your vacation can be that extra bit more special.
So here is a selection of Winerist’s best wine destinations for the summer of 2013!
By: Diana Isac, Winerist.com
The Douro Valley is probably one of the most understated wine regions. The views are breathtaking with vineyards being planted in terraces supported by ancient dry stone walls, creating striking landscapes. Most tourists will head straight to the famous Quintas where you will be able to meet with the winemaker and taste the delicious and refreshing Arinto and Avesso. The boutique hotels of this region are most certainly one of its highlights. Situated on hills, overlooking the river, you can dip your toes into the scenic pool at Quinta da Veiga, enjoy water sports at Quinta da Ventuzela or swim under the olive trees at the cozy and welcoming Casa das Torres de Oliveira .
River cruises of the Douro Valley
Puglia has most certainly been the dark horse of Italian wine travel! With more than 50 million olive trees planted in this region, Puglia is famous for its love of earthy things, home cooked food, delicious wines and extremely friendly people! There is so much to see, but some of the highlights are certainly the medieval towns of Lecce, Ostuni and Gallipoli. You cannot miss the Puglian cuisine or the Make Your Own Wine experiences. For the perfect stay, you can rest at Le Fabriche where you can enjoy anything from wine tastings, horseback riding and the gourmet restaurant is right outside your door. For a traditional boutique villa, go to Masseria Alchimia. The charming design and the spa on your doorstep provide the perfect relaxing break. If you want to do something active, the tennis and gold courts are only minute away. You can also enjoy one of the more active tours that are available throughout the year.
Cooking with the local Mums in Puglia
This is not a region which many of us tend to associate with wine travel. We have uncovered it this spring through its multitude of spectacular hotels well known for their breathtaking views of the Caldera and sunsets. Choosing a favorite tour would be just as difficult as choosing a favourite place to stay. Wine and culinary experiences are a great new way to explore this paradise island. Our recommendations are for the Cooking and Tasting Santorini experience and for the Santorini Wine Roads. Both these experiences will enrich your wine and food knowledge. All those aside, imagine sipping a glass of wine in the pool overlooking the volcano?
Infinity Pool and sunset views from Astarte Suites
With Winerist we are constantly uncovering regions across the globe which are filled with flavors, enjoy some of the most breathtaking views and where you will get to discover some of the most amazing wines you will ever taste. If a wine holiday is on the cards, you can always email us to find out more about the most hidden gems of the wine world. Our regional experts are in constant exploration. If you are stuck and do not know where to start from, why not look at Winerist’s Wine Regions to Watch in 2013. We hope you find these as amazing as we do!
By: Diana Isac, Winerist.com