10 Places Wine Enthusiasts Will Love To Visit for Their Honeymoon
Let beguiling landscapes and fine wine be the highlights of your honeymoon.
Toasting with wine is a sign of jubilation and of romance, and the honeymoon is an occasion for both. There’s little more amorous than a layered, intoxicating tipple and someone to share it with. So why not escape to a vineyard on your post-wedding getaway?
Euripides once said, “Where there is no wine there is no love”, so let it all flow and fill your honeymoon with days of wine and roses. As for the perfect destination, we have no less than ten for you to choose from!
Napa Valley, California
One of the top wine growing regions in the world, Napa Valley is a delight for every connoisseur of this spirit. To those who find the idea of taking a trip through 33 of the finest wineries and vineyards in the area enticing, The Wine Train is a dream. The train whooshes past the most breathtaking scenery as it serves delectable cuisine and samples 40 local vintages.
Recommended Stays: Auberge du Soleil, an Auberge Resort, White House Napa Valley Inn, Bardessono
Barossa Valley, Australia
A short drive away from Adelaide is the Barossa Valley which is replete with Australian charm, natural beauty and some of the world’s most excellent Shiraz wines, known world-over for their bold, fruity flavor. The region is also known to produce the country’s finest Rieslings and light un-oaked chardonnay. Talk about a well-curated offering.
Recommended Stays: Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards, Kingsford Homestead, Abbotsford Country House
Tuscan wine has been celebrated as the best wine in the world for centuries. With quiet country roads winding through vine-striped hills and extraordinary wine culture and dynamic dining scene, Tuscany takes its visitors on an adventure that not only tantalizes their taste buds but also rouses their appetite for picture-perfect sights.
Recommended Stays: Castello di Vicarello, Castello La Leccia, Monteverdi Tuscany
The UNESCO classified Bordeaux is home to not just some of the most distinguished vineyards but also several valuable and historic châteaux. With the perfect combination of maritime climate, wine-friendly soils, the city boasts over 100000 elegant wine estates and competes closely with Paris for the title of ‘The City of Love.’
Recommended Stays: La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez, Château Prieuré Marquet, Château Le Pape
La Rioja, Spain
As the largest exporter of wine in all of Europe, Spain offers just what a couple whose idea of fun is an outrageous party is looking for. One of the country’s most famous wine regions La Rioja hosts La Batalla del Vino which literally translates to “The Battle of Wine.” The 300-year-old festival involves climbing to the top of a mountain wearing white and drenching fellow festival-goers in red wine!
Recommended Stays: Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Palacio Tondón, Castillo el Collado
Uco Valley, Argentina
Argentineans harvest their grapes at some of the highest altitudes in their very own Uco Valley. While its topography allows them to produce the world’s most coveted Malbecs, known for their smooth, rich flavors, its remote location and the panoramic views of the mighty Andes, makes this destination perfect for a romantic castaway honeymoon.
Recommended Stays: The Vines Resort & Spa, Casa De Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort, Estancia Mendoza Wine Hotel
Douro Valley, Portugal
Did you know that Portugal produces more than 200 indigenous varieties of grapes which haven’t traveled beyond the country’s borders? This makes sipping wine in this country a truly unique experience! The Douro Valley is one of the most popular port wine producing regions in the country and a trip along the Rota do Vinho do Porto when in Douro is ideal for an immersive, grape-centric experience.
Recommended Stays: Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa, The Vintage House Hotel, Six Senses, Douro Valley
Cape Winelands, South Africa
For those who appreciate the perfect balance of human creativity and nature’s bounty, the Cape Winelands district provides just that. Whether the Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or more, the region’s vast variety of exceptional wines is sure to satisfy the palette of even the most discerning wine aficionados.
Recommended Stays: Delaire Graff Estate, Taj Cape Town, The Last Word Franschhoek
Central Otago, New Zealand
Encircled by lofty mountains and graced by sparkling lakes and deep river gorges, Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s most scenic wine regions. The place where the Kiwis produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world along with vivid white wine varietals, it makes for a spectacular escape for a couple that loves wine just as much as they love each other.
Recommended Stays: Mt Rosa Lodge, Kinross Cottages, Stoneridge Estate
Casablanca Valley, Chile
With wine production beginning as late as the mid-1980s, Chile may be the new kid on the block in the wine industry, but that has not stopped the country from making its place in the global wine tourism map. The Casablanca Valley in particular has managed to gain recognition not just for its production of splendid crisp white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for some stunning reds such as Merlot and Syrah. For those who prefer to accompany their fine wine with impressive sights, this is the place to be.
Recommended Stays: Hotel Casablanca Spa & Wine, Hotel CasaVino, Matetic’s Hotel La Casona