If you’re trying to plan a refined but laid back vacation but have no idea what to do, you should seriously consider going on a wine tasting vacation. Contrary to popular belief, this type of vacation is not only for the rich and famous. A lot of people choose to go wine tasting rather than sunbathing under the scorching sun. With so many destinations to choose from, you can easily plan your wine tasting vacation according to your needs and budget. To help you with your planning, here is a list of the top 3 wine tasting destinations for 2012.
1. Rioja, Spain
Roija is the oldest among the wine regions in Spain. It is also considered to be the greatest of them all. After all, it has centuries of wine making experience backing it up. This quaint and picturesque countryside is home to almost 600 wineries and vineyards.
The best places to go wine tasting in Rioja are Bodegas Franco-Españolas, Viña Real, and Bodegas Muga. All of these wineries offer wine tasting events by appointment so make sure to book your visit ahead of time especially if you’re going during harvest time which is late September to early October.
2. Danube, Austria
The Danube River is lined with some of the best vineyards in the world. People from all over the world visit Danube not only to experience its wines but also to bask in the beauty of its landscape. The best time to go is during the Lower Austria Autumn Wine Festival in August through November. During this time, almost 800 wine tasting events are held throughout the region.
3. Monterey County, California USA
Monterey County is the premier wine tasting destination in the United States. If you want to take part in the biggest wine tasting event in this region, you should definitely book yourself a seat in the A Taste of Monterey soiree. This event showcases the offerings of more than 85 wineries located across the county. If you are looking for a more exclusive wine tasting event, you can book an appointment in one of the vineyards in Monterey.