I have a fun treat for you today: A guest post featuring wine and European travel... just a few of my favorite things! Guest blogger Megan is sharing some great info about a few of Europe's best vineyards and this write up is giving me a serious case of travel (and wine drinking) envy right about now!
Europe is not only home to some of the world’s best wine, but its vineyards are also amongst the most beautiful, and range over a mix of topography and famed regions, from the acclaimed Champagne in France and Piedmont in Italy, to the Douro Valley in Portugal and Mosel in Germany. If you’re considering a visit to some of the best vineyards in Europe, then here are a few sites you won’t want to miss and wines you’ll surely want to taste.
Douro Valley, Portugal
The terraced vineyards in the Douro Valley of Portugal are surely one of the world’s most scenic places for growing grapes — and you need look no further than the famed Qunito do Crasto vineyard, with dramatic landscape and vistas. The region is famed for its varieties of Port wine, which create rich red dessert wines and sweet white wines. These can be served on their own or used to make cocktails. Be sure to also visit the city of Porto. Its colorful buildings and rolling streets are replete with spots to taste the food and enjoy a glass of wine in the region.
Mosel Valley, Germany
Close to Frankfurt’s Hahn Airport, the Mosel Valley is not only historic and atmospheric, with medieval half-timbered houses and ancient Roman towns, but its steep valley walls are also home to some of the world’s best Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Bacchus, and Blauer Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) wines. If you’re after a unique touring experience, the Mosel Valley is perfect for a cycling tour that combines stunning rides through quaint towns, walks through vineyards, tastings, and great food.
The idyllic valleys and vineyards of Piedmont are home to some of Italy’s best wine, and fortunately for visitors the region tends to be a little less traveled than some of its counterparts. With views of snow-capped mountains, hilltop villages, and the rich Barbaresco wine, the region is a must-see for wine, food, and culture fans. Piedmont was recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 'Vineyard Landscapes of Monferrato, Langhe and Roero', and to better understand the historical importance of winemaking in this region, visit the one-of-a-kind Cantina del Glicine vineyard.
Champagne is another UNESCO designated wine region, and it is a feast for the senses, which will delight in the bright and colourful landscape, the famed fizzing Champagne wine, and tasty rustic food. Whether you’re headed to the Fallet Dart cellars, where grapes have been grown and wine has been produced since 1610, or one of the more newly established (19thcentury) vineyards, you will soon discover why this region of France is one of the country’s most cherished.
For white, red, dessert, and sparkling wine drinkers, there are few better places to travel and discover your favorite flavors than the vineyards of Europe.
About the author: Young, passionate, and inquisitive—these are the words—that best describe Megan. A natural extrovert, she makes it a point to travel on a regular basis to experience different cultures and discover new things. In addition, her passion for writing allows her to produce captivating pieces in a heartbeat.
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