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6 Places in Europe for the Wine Loving Traveller!

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Europe is the most famous continent in the world for wine production. The wine produced is part of the continent’s history culture and tradition. There is no other way to experience the region and its inhabitants than on a wine trail through the spectacular landscape, a perfect journey.

6 Places in Europe for the Wine Loving Traveller!:

  1. Portugal
  2. France
  3. Spain
  4. Italy

1. Porto and the Douro Valley, Portugal

Porto and the Douro Valley, Portugal
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The Douro Valley, in Portugal, is a cocktail of all the beauty and magic that this landscape has to offer. Beginning at Porto, the valley traces River Duoro through wine country defined by hillsides, the entire region listed as a World Heritage Site

How to get there: Land in the country's capital, Lisbon. Take either a train or drive to Porto, 320 km away, your doorway to the Douro Valley. 
Best time to visit: Visit during the grape harvest, between July and October. 

Explore this one-of-a-kind destination, on the way admiring breathtaking landscapes over the river and visit vineyards, towns and villages until the town of Miranda do Douro. Visit Vila Nova de Gaia with a visit to the lodges where Port wine is aged.


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2. Alentejo, Portugal

Alentejo, Portugal
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With more than 250 producers and 22,000 hectares under grape cultivation, the Alentejo region of Portugal is symbolic to wine production.

How to get there: Alentejo is about 290 km from Lisbon and can be reached by train or a drive. 
Best time to visit: Alenjeto can be visited year-round but grape harvest season is best for learning about wine, July to October. 

Festivals like the Festa da Vinha e do Vinho (festival of the vine and of wine), in the town of Borba, present travelers with the unique amalgamation between local culture and their wine.  In the Historical Centre, there are various 'tasquinhas' (small taverns/restaurants), some with enormous clay wine-pots, where the wine and other local products are made. Visit Vila de Frades and witness the local competition for local 'pot-made' wine which is close to the methods used by the ancient Romans to make their wine.

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3. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, is one of the largest wine regions in Europe. Sumar tells HolidayIQ, “no need to ask for wine, it's everywhere. It's french wine capital. Visited one very old Winery Chateau d'Agasac which was great.“ HolidayIQ reviewer Nishant says, “Bordeaux is the place of you are a wine lover. You can visit the vineyards and can see how vines are made. A must place to visit in France”. 

How to get there: Land in France, either directly at Bordeaux or at Paris which is about 590 km from away. 
Best time to visit: Visit between August and October. 

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4. Champagne, France

Champagne, France
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As you head toward Reims from Paris, the landscape loosens and undulates, and the hills tantalize with French vineyards, you reach Champagne - one of the most famous wine regions in Europe. Conveniently close to Paris, this is an ideal place to learn about wine and the process of making it. Some wineries let you venture into wine cellars that were dug below the city centuries ago.

How to get there: Champagne is a beautiful drive of 210 km from Paris, the capital. 
Best time to visit: Visit between August and October to understand more about wine production. 

The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name.

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5. La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja, Spain
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Drive through immaculately kept roads past golden fields, emerald vineyards and medieval stone villages, this is how it feels in La Rioja, Spain.

How to get there: La Rioja is a 50 min flight or 308 km drive from the capital, Madrid. 
Best time to visit:
September to October for wine production. 

The experience here presents the traveler world-class wines, rustic farm-to-table cuisine, small country hotels, centuries-old monasteries, and churches all reflecting some contemporary architecture.  

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6. Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy
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Tuscany stretches from the Apennine mountains in the east to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west of Central Italy.

How to get there: The region is a 275 km train ride through the very picturesque countryside of Italy. 
Best time to visit: Got to the vineyards here between September to October. 

It’s landscape, artistic and cultural heritage along with iconic cities like Florence, make this an important and exciting part of Europe. This region is a cocktail of nature’s manifestations - from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, to steep rocky cliffs and undulating fertile hinterland, making this a picturesque place to travel when thirsty for wine.  

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