Visiting wineries is always a really fun experience. Not only do you get to enjoy some time out in nature, see grapes growing out in the open, but then you get to try out some delicious local wines too? Sounds like a dream to us. A lot of vineyards also have delicious food that is perfectly paired with the wines that they produce. Here are some of the best wineries you can visit around the world.
Lavaux Vineyards, Switzerland
Lavaux vineyard is perched right on top of Lake Geneva, and really looks like it’s right out of a painting. It makes sense that it’s been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lavaux has 830 hectares of vines that can be reached by hiking, ferry, or car.
Chateau Montelena, California
Chateau Montelena looks like it is right out of a fairytale. Doesn’t that gothic castle look like it’s built for a fairy princess? While there are none of those here, there are plenty of incredible wines. In 1976, a Judgement of Paris blind tasting competition named the wines from Chatea Montelena better than the French wines, it has been one of the most renowned wineries in California. There are also private grounds and a lake.
Marques de Riscal, Spain
Marques de Riscal is anything but traditional, in the best way possible. The hotel and function center was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, who dubbed the building The City of Wine. It is in stark contrast to the cellars that date back to the 19th century. The 21st century avant guard building also has a Michelin star restaurant inside.
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, France
This beautiful location is a prestigious winery in France is found 25 miles northwest of Bordeux. France is one of the best places in the world in terms of wine, and Chatea Ducru is a perfect example of this excellence. Located next to the Gironde estuary in a castle, where the owners of the winery still live, are a great example of grand cru-grade winemaking.
Dominio del Plata, Argentina
Argentina’s wines are famous around the world, and Dominio del Plata is truly one of the finest ones out there. The country is the 5th largest producer of wine in the whole world. Its best known wine is Malbec, a variety that was brought to Argentina from Bordeaux in the 19th century.