As you discover Europe’s Wine Regions, you may be tempted to leave the hustle and bustle of your life back home and settle in permanently to call one of these beautiful locations home. Any one of these destinations would be the perfect place for a wine connoisseur to call home.
In the meantime, get ready for a wine-filled adventure! Exploring Europe’s wine regions is a fascinating journey for both wine enthusiasts and those that just want a fun, memorable experience. You have several choices of friendly hostels throughout Europe, and check out these tips for traveling to Europe on a budget.
Europe is the most renowned continent in the world for wine production. Europe has the longest history of winemaking and the European countries produce some of the finest wines in the world.
There is a large degree of versatility in European wines. They vary from country to country, and within each country from region to region, and from producer to producer. Europe has a reputation for traditional wines, but they continue to create some of the most cutting-edge, modern wines as well.
Europe’s Wine Regions
Riposto, Sicily, Italy
Riposto is a small historic coastal town located in the heart of an area famous for its heroic wines. The wines are considered heroic due to the extreme conditions the vineyards thrive in. Here you can enjoy the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean and view the magnificent Mount Etna, Sicily’s active volcano.
Wine production in this area of Sicily dates back more than 3000 years. Risposto played a significant role in its history as wines were blended, barreled, and shipped to France, Greece, and northern Italy from this small town.
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Amboise is located in the Lorie Valley, also known as “Valley of the Kings.” You can end each day with a glass of affordable, delicious local wine. Enjoy the pleasant mild weather as you leisurely bike along the famous and beautiful Loire River. Sightsee through the vineyards and the sprawling chateaux with their ancient towers and lush gardens. Casually stroll through the historical, well-kept towns.
This part of France is called the ‘the garden of France,’ because of the abundance of outdoor markets. Also in abundance are the vineyards where you can sample the wines on site. The Vouvray winery is the most prestigious of the Loire Valley white wines and is about 10 miles from Amboise. At the Chinon and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil vineyards, you can sample some delightful medium-body reds.
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Logrono may be one of Spain’s best-kept secrets. This small bustling city lies in the heart of Spanish wine country in the Ebro Valley. Spain’s smallest region is also known as the capital of La Rioja. This region produces some of the country’s premium wines.
You can easily spend an afternoon touring, tasting, and reminiscing with the bodega owners. The Franco-Espanola bodega is just across the Ebro river, and it has been in business for nearly 125 years! The bodega is famous for its semi-sweet white wine called Diamante, and its red Rioja reserve called Bordon.
Spend some time enjoying the Europeans lifestyle with the café culture, the fine wines, and famed cuisine without breaking the bank. A tour of the wine regions will be a trip of a lifetime.