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Wine Regions to Watch in 2014

30 Dec, 2013

BORDEAUX: THE KING OF WINE TRAVEL

A favourite of yours for more than one reason, Bordeaux offers the all-encompassing wine travel experience. From staying at the Chateau to a night’s sleep at one of Bordeaux’s most loved Boutique Hotels, you can have a special experience at the core of the city as well as in the heart of the vines.

Here are the top 3 things that we adore about Bordeaux: Bike Tours in St Emilion, Oyster and Wine Tours on Europe’s longest Sand Dunes and Dinners at the Chateaux.

 

SANTORINI – A WINE REGION WITH A VIEW

Santorini is the darling of wine travellers. Wines here are rich in minerality and as surprising as the island that makes them. Did you know that vines in Santorini were not affected by phylloxera and as a result are some of the oldest vines in the world?  

Santorini offers the best weather, food and wine experiences and boutique hotels with the most beautiful views. Don’t forget to try the ultimate Santorini experience, our Cooking and Wine Class.

 

CASABLANCA – THE WINE HEART OF CHILE 

Casablanca is Chile’s fastest growing wine region and one of its greatest ambassadors in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful places with stunning beaches in Valpraiso, dreamy horseback riding and great boutique stays in the vines.

Casablanca is perfectly positioned to allow you to visit all of the regions which surround it. From here you can explore San Antonio, Colchagua Valley or Maipo.

 

PROVENCE: ART, WINE & FOOD

All eyes on Provence this year as we uncover our perfect Wine, Art and Food Retreat or the best night’s sleep at our Charming B&Bs in the vines.

Top experiences in the region will range from Wine and Cooking Classes to the magical experience of combining Provence with Chateauneuf du Pape visits and of course the Magic of Truffle Tours. Provence is perfectly located for a visit to the neighbouring Languedoc Roussillon and Rhone Valley.

CROATIA: THE PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC

Croatia is just as rich in clear, blue water beaches as it is in wine and food. A favourite of yours in 2013, we think Croatia’s wine regions will be a wine traveller’s dream in 2014. Seafood and Vugava whites wine in Dubrovnik, premium wine tours overlooking the Adriatic and dreamy boutique hotels are a great way to combine a beach holiday with a wine experience.

For the adventurous traveller, Istria offers the most scenic experiences. From wild horses, truffles, fine wines and quaint stays in the vines, Istria is one to watch in 2014.

 

PRIORAT: WINES WITH A SPIRIT

A short drive from Barcelona, this is a great region to explore from one of Europe’s most loved cities. We absolutely love the gourmet scene in Priorat and the exquisite winemakers you will find here. We found some of the most private boutique hotels in this wine region. We expect to see great things in Priorat as we uncover the region’s most exciting award winning producers.

Apart from being the perfect escape from Barcelona, Priorat is also a region which can be perfectly combined with the neighbouring Costa Brava.  

 

STELLENBOSCH: TABLE MOUNTAIN, WHALE WATCHING & WINE TOURS

Located 30 minutes from Cape Town, this region offers some of the most scenic wine tours you will ever witness. This is one of the few places where you can enjoy whale watching, stunning sunsets over Table Mountain and a glass of wine at our peaceful hotels, all in one day. Wines from this region have been on the radar of the likes of Jancis Robinson for a long time. Keep an eye on Stellenbosch – it’s one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.

 

SICILY: VOLCANOES, BEACHES & MESMERISING VINES 

Sicily is one of our most surprising wine regions. We have known for long that Nero D’Avola is a great grape variety which exemplifies the island’s character. Great things to uncover in Sicily this year are its fascinating boutique wineries, olive oil farming and small hotels with a lot of character. Here you can enjoy a stroll on the beach, history at every corner and learn about the art of combining food with wine to perfection.

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