Sonoma County vacation rentals guests are wine lovers and travel lovers all rolled into one! There are seven continents in the world to explore, and with the exception of Antarctica, the following six are wonderful wine tasting destinations around the globe for the traveler’s palette to experience.
#1 – Australia:
The country of Australia has no indigenous grapes – the vines were introduced from Europe and South Africa in the late 18th century. A superstar wine – originally called Shiraz in Australia, but Syrah elsewhere, this wine has been an unbelievable exporting success. Down under is on its way up in the wine world.
#2 –South America: Argentina
Spicy and fiery Argentines have established themselves as the Southern Hemispheres’ top wine producers – the fifth largest in the world and the biggest exporter in South America. Their Malbecs, Syrahs, and Cabernets, from the regions of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja, are legendary. The Argentine government has declared wine Argentina’s national liquor.
#3 Europe: Umbria, Italy
Just as Chianti in Tuscany is famous for its Italian red wine, Orvieto, in the region of Umbria, is world renowned for its white wine. Orvieto Classico has been produced for thousands of years – the Etruscans were making wine long before the Romans were a gleam in God’s eye. Orvieto Classico is a very versatile, easy-to-drink white that goes with any food or occasion.
#4 – Africa: Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is a place where the soil is fertile and the climate moderate. Just outside the city of Cape Town is where the major vineyards and production centers such as Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester are located. South African wine dates back to 1659 and those from the Constantia vineyard at one time was considered the greatest in the world.
#5– North America: Sonoma, California
The Sonoma Valley is the second most popular region in the United States with hundreds of wineries for tastings and touring. Staying in Sonoma County vacation rentals puts one in close proximity to many picturesque and charming small towns that sport world-renowned restaurants, bars and hotels. Sonoma, as they say, is the new Napa.
#6 – Asia: China
From as early as the 16th century B.C., China was making wine. In modern China the emphasis on developing wine for the Chinese and export market has seen a resurgence. There are now more than 300 wineries in China…and counting.
Ready, set, Go
Why not start by tasting all that the Sonoma Valley has to offer and then consider setting off on a round-the-world wine tasting voyage. After all, what better way for wine aficionados to see the world than through the glass of a chalice?
Nick Walz is an active blogger ,writer, and traveler who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. Nick likes the finer things in life, which is why he writes on his many travel experiences. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.