Wine tourism refers to tourism whose purpose is or includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine near the source. Wine tourism can consist of visits to wineries, vineyards and restaurants known to offer unique vintages, as well as organized wine tours, wine festivals or other special events.
6. Mendoza area (Argentina)
Argentina has an ancient winemaking tradition that dates back to the 16th Century, when Spanish settlers decided to plant the first vineyards. Among the winegrowing areas, Valle de Uco, in Mendoza area, is undoubtedly the most important in the South American country and for some years now has been a renowned destination for international wine tourism, not only for the quality of its vineyards and the wine produced, but also due to the presence of numerous naturalistic attractions in the region.
5. Cape Winelands district (South Africa)
With over one billion liters of wine a year and over 135.000 hectares of vineyards, South Africa is one of the world’s leading wine producers. The best way to discover South African wines and breath-taking landscapes is to rent a car in Cape Town and travel to the famous Wine Route, in particular the Stellenbosch area, in Cape Winelands district, the heart of the industry local wine.
4. Vale do Douro (Portugal)
For those who want to stay in Europe, a good solution is represented by the Portuguese wine area of Valle do Douro, where the prestigious Port is produced. The best way to get there is to fly to Oporto and from there rent a car, heading to the Portuguese border with Spain, so you can enjoy vineyards tour and unforgettable tastings in many wineries around the town of Vila Real.
3. Sonoma County (California, USA)
The most important wine region of the United States, located in California and extended for about 50 km on the Pacific coast, in the North of San Francisco. Thanks to its particular geographical and climatic conditions, the 500 wineries of Sonoma County offer a great variety of wines, ranging from Cabernet to Chardonnay, through the Pinot Noir: an opportunity not to be missed, therefore, to visit one of the most fascinating American cities and enjoy excellent quality wines in the evocative setting of the Californian landscape.
2. Bordeaux Region (France)
The second place can only be occupied by the country that historically contends to Italy the world record in the wine industry: we speak of course of France and the many regions of the Alps renowned for their wines. Among the many possible French enotourist itineraries, the most famous routes are the Alsace Route des Vins, the routes between the vineyards of Burgundy, but especially around the vineyards of Bordeaux, the beautiful city on the Atlantic that gives its name to one of the most famous and prestigious wines of France.
1. All around Italy
Thanks to its varied and rich food and wine heritage, Italy is one of the countries where this type of tourism is mostly practiced, and, indeed, since the beginning of 1999 the Wine Roads have also been established. From the North to the South, all Italian destinations have something to offer for the wine tourist, but among the most renowned districts we find:
• Langhe (Piemonte region)
• Chianti (Toscana region)
• Franciacorta (Lombardia region)
• Valpolicella (Veneto region)
• Prosecco (Veneto region)
In conclusion, enotourism is certainly an inestimable value and a worldwide phenomenon that knows no crisis.