A sense of place, the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of a travel destination—can endear that area to a person forever. For wine lovers, there is no better way to cement that connection than to explore the world around those vines. As the wine market becomes ever more global, packed with offerings ranging from the most storied wine regions to the most offbeat, so does the wine traveler’s itinerary.
Each year, our editors travel the world to experience the best wine and food, and in turn, discover the most exciting places to visit. Our list for 2013 represents the wide swath of cultural and culinary experiences on the must-see list.
Whether your tastes lean toward the rustic climbing trails of South Africa’s Stellenbosch or a tour of a Puglian castle, this list promises outstanding travel experiences and unforgettable wines. By Wine Enthusiast
Rioja, SpainDanube, AustriaNorth & South Forks of Long Island, New YorkStellenbosch, South AfricaMonterey County, CaliforniaVale dos Vinhedos, BrazilWillamette Valley, OregonHunter Valley, New South Wales, AustraliaDouro Valley, PortugalPuglia, Italy