Top ten wine travel destinations for the summer from Vinavisen (1/2)

Vinavisen, the biggest wine newsletter in Denmark, has made a selection of their top ten wine tour destinations for you. Here are the first five on their list.

The perspective is much more European on the selection made by Vinavisen than the list of top wine regions to travel to from The Wine Enthusiast that I wrote about recently. All of the first five wine district on the Vinavisen list are in Europe.

Bordeaux

The world’s most famous wine region, says Vinavisen, and adds that Bordeaux is on the list of World Heritage Sites by Unesco. Many restaurants in the city, food market on Sunday mornings and many other attractions. Vineyards in all directions around the city.

Absolutely! Bordeaux is a fantastic destination for a wine tour. But you need to keep in mind that it is a big wine region and that it can take quite some time to get around. But it won’t get more impressive and imposing than this!

Wine barrels in the cellar

Wine barrels in the cellar, copyright BKWine Photography

Burgenland, Austria

Austria, and in particular Burgenland, makes sweet wines in absolute top class notes Vinavisen. The Burgenland region is close to Vienna around the Neusiedlersee Lake with the small town Rust as an added attraction.

We must add that you should not miss the wine regions along the Danube, for example Wachau. We have organised several wine tours to Austria and it is certainly a great place to go.

Champagne

The wine region where they make the world’s most famous sparkling wines, says Vinavisen. They recommend for example the winery tour at Moet & Chandon, the biggest producer in the region.

Well, that depends on what kind of experience you want. A visit and a tour at one of the big “houses”, as the champagne wineries are called, can sometimes be more like an underground Disneyland, bubbles added. If you really want to do a tour to get a taste and flavour of Champagne, the region and the wines, then you might want to focus on the smaller producers.

Champagne as aperitif to start lunch

Champagne as aperitif to start lunch, copyright BKWine Photography

Chianti, Italy

In Chianti you can find many, many small wine shops as well as the charming little town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, says Vinavisen.

I would go one step further and say that if you go wine travelling in Chianti and Tuscany, then you should get more than Chianti on your list of wine regions to visit. The landscape is just as stunningly beautiful as one imagines with winding roads, cypress trees, olive groves, and of course plenty of vineyards.

Franconia, Germany

Franconia, or Franken, in Germany is the wine region where they use the funny flat shaped bottle called bochsbeutel. Fresh and crisp dry whites and reds from pinot noir, notes Vinavisen.

At this time we at BKWine only organises custom wine tours to Germany.

Here you can read the full article in Vinavisen.

I will be back with the second half of their selection later.

Vineyards on a hillside

Vineyards on a hillside in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

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