Top 10 regions in Europe for wine lovers. The new Beaujolais wine is about to be unveiled. The holiday rental search engine Holidu has inspected the most attractive wine regions in Europe for wine lovers
. We agree that the Beaujolais date is just a pretext to talk about wine, because it’s really not our favourite area… France is proud of its wine, that’s not without meaning. But if we look at it objectively, which regions of Europe are the most suitable for wine lovers’ holidays? Top 10 regions of Europe for wine lovers
First, let’s drool with pleasure. The glass opens and the wine releases aromas: fruity, woody, rich, full, light, sweet… And this is true from the first bite, the acidity and body of the wine itch the tongue. Then the taste becomes stronger, as if each mouthful were a new discovery… Are you thirsty, ready?
For this study, the following data were taken into account: the average price of a bottle of wine (average range), the number of wine producers
in the country, the litres of wine consumed per capita, the number of wine regions and the number of master’s degrees in oenology in the country. A weight was given to each of these data and a final ranking of the best regions for wine lovers was then established… Here are 10 European regions to visit and taste:
New Aquitaine, ranked number one, is the best wine region in Europe. This region gathers all the specialties and becomes a paradise for wine lovers: From Languedoc to Bordeaux, through spirits like Cognac and Armagnac. New Aquitaine has more than 11,000 vineyards and is the second largest wine producing region in France. In its capital, Bordeaux, the average price of a bottle of wine is 5 euros. The southwest of France is also a tourist region known for its gastronomy and cuisine with wonderful landscapes. What are you waiting for to taste the local specialties accompanied by a wine of
Holidu’s suggestion: Go to Arcachon for a delicious meal! The local oysters go well with good white Bordeaux wines such as the white Pessac-Léognan.
Sicily in Italy
When it comes to oenology, we naturally head to the south of Italy. With 6342 wine producers throughout the country, but it’s Sicily we’re talking about now. It is an island in the Mediterranean with a long history and an extraordinary rich heritage. Wine is part of that heritage, and increasingly popular. Wines such as Malvasia, Novello and Catarratto Bianco are tasting miracles, not to mention the proseco.
Holidu’s suggestion: 18 hectares of vineyards are being developed on Mount Etna! After a guided tour of the volcano, stop at one of the refuges. Try polpettes (traditional meatballs) with Etna’s red wine.
The last place on the podium takes us to Spain, namely Castillara. This is a vast area surrounding the south and east of the Spanish capital. We found a very good value for money for a table wine, made from various raw materials. First of all, the white grape varieties have entered Castilla-La Mancha (in addition, all over Spain). As for the red varieties, Tempranillo is the most popular, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon and Merlot.
Holidu’s suggestion: Before setting out to discover the wines, visit the city with a guide. The Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park, located in the charming area of the second natural monument, is worth a visit.
Campania, another region in southern Italy, boasts a wide variety of wines, so it occupies fourth place. The region has historical origins. The wine fortress, dating back to the 12th century BC, is one of the oldest fortress wine regions in Italy. Some of the best wines are: Greco, Asprinio, White Pallagrello, Fiano, Falanghina, Coda di Volpe, Forastera and Biancolella.
olidu’s suggestion: A visit to the ruins of Pompeii will leave you with unforgettable memories. It is one of the most fascinating archaeological experiences in the world.
Known as the “Green Heart of Italy”, we headed to Umbria. It’s one of the few Italian regions not bordered by water, but it produces several high-quality local grape varieties such as Sagrantino, Sangiovese or Colorino, but there are also a few international grape varieties, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Holidu suggestion: If you are an art lover, you can’t miss the Palazzo dei Priori, one of the most beautiful and spectacular buildings in Perugia. It has the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, an excellent gallery of medieval and Umbrian Renaissance art.
Back in France, in the Loire Valley, this is the sixth largest region for wine enthusiasts in Europe. There are nearly 2,000 vineyards in the area, including some Loire Valley wines. The latter extends from the Atlantic coast to the Auvergne along the Loire. You will also be able to taste the wonderful Muscadet, a wine produced according to French traditions, it helps to improve the taste and freshness.
Holidu’s suggestion: Visit the castles of the region. Chambord is certainly the most picturesque, while Chenonceau is an ideal combination of castle, garden and landscape… A visit is mandatory.
Spain is an ideal destination for wine lovers. One of its biggest assets: the average price of a bottle of wine (mid-range) is about 4 euros. This is a very reasonable price, especially compared to other European destinations. But it’s not just the price… Its attractiveness also plays a role. There are also various grape varieties, including: Monastrell, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. There are also seven planting zones.
Hollidu’s suggestion: Come for the wine and stay for everything else. Visit Boquerente. Here you can travel to the Valencian countryside and explore this beautiful medieval town.
Tuscany offers tourists some of the best wines. Whether you are a novice or a beginner, for wine professionals, this is an area not to be missed. Some of the most famous wines in the world are produced here, such as Chianti, which has been produced here since the 14th century. Vineyards, sea and good weather… It doesn’t get much better than that!
Holidu’s suggestion: You can also explore the hills and in the village of Chianti, you can immerse yourself in the local culture by cooking typical dishes with locals.
Without at least one Portuguese region, this ranking would be incomplete. Setúbal is a region that cultivates land and produces wine that has a unique shape. A land full of tradition, history and knowledge generation after generation. Because of these characteristics, the region has been awarded many times. Do you know the biggest wine drinker in Europe? Is he Portuguese?
Holidu’s suggestion: You can also enjoy various activities, such as discovering Muscat with walking routes to the vineyard gardens, and even projects related to family and wine activities.
This is the new Italian wine region, Piedmont. If you want to know more about Italian wines, Piedmont is one of them as it remains the most emblematic wine region. A series of new grape varieties from Nebbiolo to Cortese are to be tasted and learned. Piedmont is considered one of the best wine regions in Italy. Of course, the price of a bottle of wine (mid-range) is about 6 euros, which is still correct.
Holidu’s suggestion: Piedmont offers a variety of sailing activities, such as kayaking, sailing and windsurfing, dare to try!
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!