The view of vineyards all over Montepulciano are just an added bonus for this wine hotspot.

An oenophile is someone who enjoys wine, and since you are probably one yourself, you may have already known that. If you are interested in learning more about wine, wine production, varietals, how the grapes are grown and the rest of the process, thankfully there are plenty of places in the world that can quench your thirst for knowledge. There are wineries the world over that can give visitors a hands-on educational experience about the area a wine is produced. By actually visiting these spots, you’ll get a unique look at the wine, the place and people behind the wine label and the scenic surroundings most wineries find themselves in. Travel the world to sample, learn and enjoy wine from every place you can imagine and find your travel niche. If you are unsure of where to start your wine adventures, consult Cover-More’s guide to the best holidays for wine enthusiasts.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is undoubtedly Italy’s most famous wine region—and for good reason. Tuscany has branded itself as a bastion of quality by producing and exporting some of the nation’s best and most famous red wines. Most of the wines in this region are made from the Sangiovese grape, either on its own or mixed with a blend of other grapes. If you want to taste two of the most notable appellations, try Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. If you care to taste something a little more unique, opt for a “Super Tuscan” or Bolgheri wines that mix Sangiovese grapes with international grapes like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Essentially, wherever you end up in Tuscany, you will be treated to a plethora of well-established, high-quality wineries at your disposal.

Napa Valley, California, USA

Exploring wine country in California is an adventure by itself. There are so many regions, varietals and wineries that it can be overwhelming to choose one spot to plant your roots for a relaxing holiday. Napa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in the United States, and a visit to this part of California is sure to be a sensory experience full of the smell of wines, views of the rolling hills dotted with live oaks and trellised grapevines and the taste of superb food and wine. The area is packed with wineries by the hundreds and even the heartiest of travellers will come away from their time here wishing they had another day, week or month to explore the nooks and crannies of Napa Valley, California.

Cape Town, South Africa

Perhaps the least recognizable destination on our list, Cape Town, South Africa is a hotspot for wine enthusiasts looking for a place to relax off the beaten path. Cape Town is known for its artistic vibe and creativity, but beyond this, their culture extends to the wineries all over the city and country. Create your own wine route, or count on any number of wine tour companies to take you through the best and most recognized wineries in the area like Dornier, Kanonkop, or Tokara. Don’t forget to throw a few of the smaller estates into the mix as well—these well-established places provide a high-quality wine tasting experience for their guests, which will make memories you will hold onto for life.

Loire Valley, France

France is known the world over for producing the best of the best when it comes to wine. Almost every region in the country has at least one claim to fame for their grapes or varietals. This makes it hard to choose just one region to visit. If you are a true wine enthusiast you’ll skip over typical spots like Champagne, and instead head to the Loire Valley. It is France’s most diverse wine region and the wineries in Loire Valley are known for producing exemplary wines in every style imaginable. The popularity of this region has been growing steadily over the past ten years with sommeliers and wine writers because of the immense variety of wine production. Plus, Loire Valley wines tend to share characteristics that make them universally appealing. For example, these wines are of excellent value and are refreshingly acidic, making them ideal for pairing with food.

Gorgeous vineyards, colourful landscapes, delicious wine and a relaxing environment in which to enjoy it all—what isn’t there to love about a wine-focused holiday? The guide above should help you start planning your wine retreat, and while each region or city will provide a distinguished and unique wine culture, your planning isn’t quite complete without buying travel cover. With Cover-More at your back, as you sip Shiraz or chilled Chardonnay, your mind will be on the palate of the drink and not on something unexpected occurring.

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