I’ve often found that the best way to explore locations and enjoy local vintages is by taking a wine-centric vacation. There are countless destinations around the world that welcomes guests to tour facilities while sampling some of the best wines on the planet. Your current location, budget, and other interests will certainly play a role in where you choose to go. Get inspired by checking out a few of the world’s top-rated wine destinations!

Porto, Portugal

The city is found along the northwestern coast and remains popular for the sweet port wines it creates. The community of Vila Nova de Gaia, in the northern part of the region, features numerous famous wineries. However, guests will also find an abundance of other places to visit during their stay. Bring a glass or a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy it on the region’s beautiful coastline. Head South to see the historical six arches that cross over the Douro River, or take captivating photographs over the Dom Luis I Bridge.

Tuscany, Italy

Perhaps one of the most well-known wine destinations, the expansive region of Tuscany has long been equated with Chianti wines, olive groves, traditional Italian cooking, and romance. The attractions here include ornate castles that have been converted into wineries and hotels. Undulating hills, an abundance of cypress trees and expansive vineyards are all a part of the appealing rural landscape.

Burgundy, France

This east-central region of France features the capital city of Dijon and the medieval, walled village of Beaune, both of which have long histories in winemaking. Red wines are created most often, with vintners specializing in chardonnay and pinot noir varieties. Along with wine tasting, guests have the opportunity to take in breathtaking sights like historic abbeys and castles and outdoor enthusiasts in your group can explore the Morvan Regional Natural Park.

Sonoma Valley, California

Situated in northern California, Sonoma’s charm lies in its wide selection of wineries. In fact, many travelers prefer Sonoma over Napa Valley. The landscape remains equally impressive from the coast along the Pacific to the rolling hills and the Sonoma Mountains. The larger city of Santa Rosa, with its fine selection of restaurants and museums, comes highly recommended, as does the small town charm of Glen Ellen.

Cape Town, Africa

The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town lies nestled amongst a circle of mountains. The area boasts everything from sandy beaches and expansive vineyards to a diverse and bustling nightlife. Plan a trip anytime from May to September to sample a variety of unique wines and enjoy the broad selection of restaurants.