If you don’t think of wine when you think of Texas, you’re probably missing out. The Lone Star State may play second fiddle to more well-known U.S. producers of Napa or Oregon, but the offerings of Texas wineries are no less sophisticated or well-balanced.
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For thousands of years, wine has been the beverage of choice for much of the world. The basics of wine production are simple: a fruit (usually grapes) is harvested and crushed, then a yeast is added which converts the sugar in the fruit juice to alcohol. It’s a simple chemical equation. The results are anything but simple. The resulting wine is a magical, delicious beverage layered with complex tastes and aromas that are the result of the land where the grapes are grown.
Wine tourism is big business. Wine regions around the world are among the top travel destinations: Napa, Sonoma, Tuscany, Boudreaux, Finger Lakes, and Mendoza. These destinations are so iconic they don’t need a state or even a country description. We all know where they are located.
Visiting vineyards and wineries are one of our favorite activities on our travels. Here are some of our favorite wine experiences.
In the winter, the area around Erie, Pennsylvania, commonly gets as much as 8 feet of snow. It hardly sounds like a good location for growing grapes and making wine. But in an odd twist, it turns out it’s actually the ideal place.
Infinitely winding roads curve over streams and beside vast stretches of vineyards that used to be tobacco fields. They pass hillsides and wrap around a myriad of family-run wineries in mid-harvest. This is North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, a natural beauty full of some of the state’s finest vineyards and most skilled winemakers.
France’s hospitable Cotes du Rhone region is famous for its wine, but the appeal goes beyond that. It offers charming villages, ancient ruins, and views that will make you want to stay awhile.
“Get off my mountain!” It was said with a broad, toothy smile and a twinkle in the eye. Some visitors to the Margarita Adventures zip line need a little encouragement to take the leap of faith off the side of the hill and ride the steel cable known as “The Renegade.” But those who do
Our expectations of Andorran wine were not high, but maybe they should have been. Wineries like Casa Auvinya are producing beautiful vintages from their soaring mountainous vineyards.
Texas may not be the first place you think of for high-quality wine from the US. But you’d be missing out. These six wineries in the Texas Hill Country offer remarkable scenery and award-winning wines.
South African wines leave some people salivating and some scratching their heads. For years, South African wine was essentially limited to the domestic market due to international boycotts. Those days are long gone. Now, oenophiles far and wide are recognizing the superiority of wines from the Rainbow Nation – exciting things are happening in the
It was 1774 and young Thomas Jefferson was overseeing the planting of grape vines on his Monticello estate. The seeds of America’s wine industry were planted and the Monticello Wine Trail was born. Over 240 years later, we visited the area and we saw a tremendous variety, both in terms of the quality of the
South African wines are some of the best in the world. And many of the best South African wines come from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley outside of Hermanus. Hemel-en-Aarde means “heaven on earth” in Afrikaans and we can attest to the fact that this is not an embellishment. We visited Creation Wines to taste the distinctively