Do Visit These Amazing Vineyards Around The World!

The French tradition of winemaking is what led English speakers to embrace a French term for ‘grape plantation’, though in South Africa it is called a ‘wine farm’. In the 1300s, the Old English term wingeard was replaced with the word vineyard. 

A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown primarily for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. Even the word ‘vineyard’ is mentioned in the Bible. After the account of the great flood, the biblical Noah is claimed to have cultivated a vineyard, made wine, and got intoxicated. Therefore, the discovery of fermentation is traditionally attributed to Noah because this is the first time alcohol appears in the Bible. 

Looking at today’s global situation, it is required to turn the spotlight on wine tourism so that more people can discover the uniqueness of wine and where it is made. As a good vineyard is always set in mesmerising landscapes and has restaurants serving great food, you must visit the below-listed vineyards (curated by the World’s Best Vineyards) irrespective of where you live on this planet. 

Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina 

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The winner of the coveted position for the third time, this Andean winery is located in the desert of the Uco Valley, south of the Argentinian capital, Mendoza. The Zuccardi family’s stone winery offers cellar and vineyard tours, wine tasting and a restaurant with mountain views. Zuccardi Valle de Uco was given the title of ‘best vineyard 2021’ in South America. 

Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal, Spain 

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This vineyard bagged the best vineyard 2021 title in Europe. Known as Plaza del Reloj (Square of the Sun Dial), Bodegas de los has been occupying the heart of the Hotel Marques de Riscal (part of the Marriott hotel chain’s Luxury Collection) since 1860. Its premium wine is made at the El Palomar (The Dovecote) that is an 1883 extension of the original building in Bordeaux style. When you visit the place, you must dine at the Michelin-starred fine restaurant, other than enjoying the Frank Gehry masterpiece from the top of the hotel and the stunning architecture of the property. 

Colchagua Valley, Chile 

Colchagua Valley Wine Tour from Santiago with Lunch Option 2021
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Popularly renowned for making high-end Chilean wine, Colchagua Valley integrates the tenets of sustainability and feng shui. The design of the winery incorporates the elements of metal, wood, earth, fire and water throughout. When you get an opportunity, go hiking or cycling through the vineyards, following the botanical trail to learn about the natural vegetation. Also, visit its restaurant famous for open fire roasts and grills. And do not miss a guided tour of the cellars where Gregorian chants serenade the oak barrels. 

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