Are you trying to find the perfect romantic destination for you and your loved one? If the two of you live for your nightly glass of wine at sunset, there are a handful of places around the world that you must visit. These wine regions provide you with breathtaking views and landscapes, some of the best dining experiences you'll ever come across, and (of course) amazing wine. To help you plan your wine retreat, we've created a short list of romantic destinations where you can experience some of the most unforgettable getaways with the person you love most.
Wine is a beautiful thing, and this first vacation spot will only leave you wanting more. Bordeaux, France is known as one of the most admired wine regions in the world, which also makes it one of the most romantic destinations you can possibly visit. Its wine production ranges from delectable, fairly priced table wines to some of the most prestigious and expensive wines in the world. We recommend checking out some of the more off the beaten path chateaus and wineries to avoid the crowds of tourists. These smaller wineries are often much more engaged with their visitors and provide an intimate experience that you will never forget.
Tuscany, Italy is the next stop on our list. This Old World wine country has weather that is ideal for grape growing (and getting a tan), and the centuries old architecture of the estates will leave you utterly speechless. This Guide To The Wine Regions of Tuscany will allow you to get a “taste” of this extremely romantic destination. Some of our favorite regions and towns to visit in Tuscany include Chianti, Florence, Cortona, Montalcino and Montepulciano. If you're looking for the best red wines that Italy has to offer, head to Montalcino to sample the world renowned grape varietal that is Brunello - the biggest, boldest expression of Sangiovese in the world.
Napa, Sonoma & More
Last, but certainly not the least, Napa and Sonoma Counties are home to over 400 wineries each, and are the most well-known wine regions in the United States. You will find a huge range of varietals from light and crisp Sauvignon Blancs, to the rich and robust Cabernet Sauvignons of Napa Valley. Both Napa and Sonoma County have an endless amount of restaurants, tastings, and tours to give you the full California wine experience. If you find yourself tasting wine in Sonoma County, check out our list of The Five Best Places To Grab A Drink in Santa Rosa, CA. Any of these spots would be perfect for your group to chill out with a cocktail or beer after a long day of tasting wine.
Another one of America's most romantic destinations is the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, where over 100 wineries surround a beautiful pattern of lakes. Here's a great resource to discover the best places to stay, play, and eat in the Finger Lakes. Due to the climate, many of the wines in this region are a bit sweeter than most of the wines produced on West Coast, but there is some exceptional quality and value to be had as each vintage seems to get better and better in this up and coming wine region. Gewurztraminer and Riesling are two of our favorite varietals being produced in the Finger Lakes and we've generally found higher quality white wines than red wines in this area.
There are many other wine regions all over the world including Spain, Australia, Argentina and South Africa, which should give you plenty of options to choose from if you're in sifting through romantic desinations for your next getaway. When planning your trip, it's important to do a little research beforehand. Whether you're searching for tours and tastings at the best wineries, local restaurants to dine at, or the best places to stay; being prepared is always the better decision. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend following the "less is more" train of thought - only schedule two or three wine tastings per day and stay in each romantic destination for at least a couple of days so you can really take it all in. Cheers!
By Sharon Haag