Unveil the enchanting secrets behind the production process of the finest wines from France to Tuscany’s vineyards and California’s Napa Valley. Explore here the most famous wine regions in the world.
Wine has a deep and varied history, and if you love the idea of understanding where items on your table come from, be sure to consider some of the most important and lovely wine regions in the world.
Napa Valley, United States
Napa Valley is located in California, and ever since its excellent showing at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, it has held a position as one of the foremost wine regions in the world.
At that exhibition, it was a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay, both from Napa Valley, that beat out several renowned French vintages, giving the area a reputation that thrives to this day.
The Napa Valley region is known not only for its fine wines, but also for its excellence in culinary endeavors.
This area, located on the shores of the Douro River, is characterized by very hot summers and vineyards that are located on gorgeously steep terraces. The extremes of this region produce an excellent port wine, but mostly its varied flavors.
You can just as easily find a deep Burgundian red wine as you can a light Bordeaux. This is one area where it pays to have varied tastes; you can try a little bit of everything in the Douro wine region.
Tuscany is a very large region that holds not only several smaller wine regions within it, but also the famous cities of Florence and Pisa. Tuscany has a wine culture that dates back to the Etruscans, who were active in the area in at least 800 B.C.
Some of the famous wines that have come out of this area include the always-recognized Chianti, and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The rise of the Super-Tuscans, wines that were created outside of the control of the Italian regulatory body, Denominazione di Origine Controllata, gave this wine region a fresh taste that continues to be felt to this day.
Marlborough, New Zealand
Marlborough is an area that receives a great deal of sunshine, and as a result, is one of New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region.
Marlborough’s modern history with wine goes back to the 1970s, and since that time, this region has made its reputation on the quality of its Sauvignon Blanc.
Beyond the area’s amazing Sauvignon Blanc, it also produces a fantastic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Tour the famous wine regions of the world for an enchanting experience.
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