Top Wineries to Visit in the World
Chateau Soutard, Bordeaux, France
Visit Chateau Soutard in Saint-Emilion where you can engage in a “Winemaker for a Day” class (with hands-on experience in the vines and winery), a cooking school with wines paired to the day’s menu, and a UNESCO heritage tour, focused on the architectural history of both Chateau Soutard and the town of Saint-Emilion. Outdoor picnics in the heart of the estate can also be arranged.
Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
In the charming of Beaune, sits Maison Joseph Drouhin, which has notable underground cellars which contain remnants of ancient Roman ruins dating back to more than 2,000 years ago. Visitors can enjoy workshops and wine dinners. All tasting visits are by appointment only and can be customized to particular tastes.
Marques de Murrieta, La Rioja
The Ygay Estate vineyards of Marques de Murrieta have recently undergone a decade-long renovation and are now welcoming guests to enjoy customized tasting courses and paired meals. The estate has showcases a private collection of historical objects ranging from photographs to wine bottles dating back to the 1850s.
Michele Chiarlo, Piemonte, Italy
Check out Michele Chiarlo’s luxury boutique hotel Palas Cerequio where guests can experience a vertical tasting of five vintages of Barolo Cerequio, overlooking the very vineyard where the grapes were grown. During the October and November white truffle season, wine tastings can be enhanced with a private truffle hunt. Additionally, customized cooking classes (focused on white truffles, handmade pasta, or regional specialties) with wine pairings can also be arranged.
Kopke, Vila Nove de Gaia, Portugal
Visit Kopke where you can purchase exclusive old releases of the oldest Port wine house in Portugal, dating back to 1638. Additionally, visitors can indulge in chocolate and assorted Port pairings as well as olive oil tastings.
Long Meadow Ranch, Napa, California
What makes Long Meadow Ranch unique is its organic culinary experiences where wines are paired with organic produce and protein at the Chef’s Table. The “Live Fire Guest Chef Series” showcases acclaimed chefs from around the country who travel here to roast a family-style meal over open flames.
Maison Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa
The Maison Estate in South Africa showcases artistic food presentations where “First Friday” events include a multicourse dinner and creative wine pairings that are enhanced by live music. The estate also has a curated shop with charcuterie, cheese, and preserves for picnics.
Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, Argentina
Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet, Bodegas Salentein offers spectacular views of the Andes Mountains. The estate offers art exhibitions, a notable restaurant and a tasting room that serves limited-edition wines. There’s also Posada Salentein, a luxury boutique hotel set among the vines and organic garden.
Chateau Cheval Blanc, St Emilion, France
Set among lush greenery in the rural part of medieval St. Emilion, a visit offers guests the opportunity to experience not just a lunch, cellar visits, and wine tastings, but an opportunity to enjoy a terroir which has dated back to the 15th century and is regarded as one of the world’s greatest vineyards. Visit the terrace as you sip vintage wines for spectacular views of the property.
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