The World’s Most Beautiful Vineyards
By: Authors at WickedGoodTravelTips.com
The World’s Five Most Beautiful Vineyards
A holiday to a wine resort is one sure-fire way of guaranteeing a good time. Wine inexplicably tastes better when you’re drinking it whilst admiring the vines that created it. Of course, with good wine, comes good food and luxurious accommodation. And then there’s the educational aspect of learning more about the production of wine, and understanding more about the tasting of it, that adds to the overall experience.
There’s something magical about the landscape formed from vine cultivation – it has a pretty, fairy-tale look about it. Here’s our pick of the most beautiful vineyards in the world.
1. Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka, New Zealand
While the Marlborough vineyards are an amazing region, the Rippon Vineyard has that little extra something. Its fields of vines slope down to the mirror-like waters of Lake Wanaka, beyond which stand imposing snow-covered mountains. The little island floating in the middle of lake in front of the vineyard, fit for a princess, adds a sprinkle of fairy dust to this place.
2. Sharpham Vineyard, Devon, England
The steep slopes of this Devonshire vineyards lead down to the sparkling waters of the River Dart. Visitors to the vineyard can select from a few packages that include a guided or self-guided walk, food options as well as the obligatory wine and cheese tasting. A grand old house overlooks the grounds and forms the basis of this estate. Down by the river, a pretty white boathouse is one of the region’s most sought-after holiday lets.
3. Chateau Potelle, Napa Valley, USA
California’s Napa Valley is packed with vineyards that all have a shared charm of the North American sunshine and mixture of lush vegetation framing the vines. But Chateau Potelle is widely regarded as one of the prettiest in the area, hidden on a hill away from the main road and dotted with art works collected by the French owners.
4. Cinque Terre, Italy
This isn’t so much one vineyard in particular, but all the tiny vineyards that are dotted around the cliffs of this part of Northwest Italy. The random, seaside walkways will lead you in and around these tiny plots that are like the Med’s answer to allotments. The views down to the sea and the tiny villages and towns that lie below are made even prettier by the green vines curling about you.
5. Mooiplaas Wine Estate, Near Cape Town, South Africa
Mooiplaas means ‘beautiful farm’ in Afrikaans, and it’s certainly the prettiest vineyards in the Stellenbosch region. The vines lie on the steep slopes of ancient, mineral rich soils in the cool, sunny Bottelary Hills. The wines produced here are wonderful, and the views from the winery are stunning, taking in forested hills and the distant mountains.
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Guide to Planning a Road Trip to the Best Vineyards in Australia
By: Authors at WickedGoodTravelTips.com
Too often, visitors to Australia see only the main attractions, missing the amazing views of the more rural countryside. One of the best ways to truly experience the sights, sounds, and flavors Australia has to offer, is to go on a vineyard themed road trip across the outback.
Over the last decade, Australian wines have gained popularity around the globe with new vinicultures starting every year. Those interested in independently traveling through the wine producing areas of Australia should plan a road trip that lingers at vineyard tours. While there are over 60 designated wine regions on the Australian continent, it is recommended that you focus on the largest wine valleys, where tourism is more prominent, and vineyards regularly offer tours, and other accommodations are readily available.
Yarra Valley is located just 38 miles east of Melbourne. Road tripping through the Yarra Valley insures a unique view of the Dandenong mountain range. The area is cool year round, and is home to more than 50 distinct wineries. It is considered the fastest growing wine district in all of Australia.
The area’s most prestigious winery, the Domaine Chadon, offers tours from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. Wines for tasting can be procured by the flute, or by the bottle, and guests can meander through the bottling area, and the riddling cellar. For those who wish to linger in the area, accommodations can found at Melbourne, and a total of 20 vineyards can be easily visited as day trips, each of which allow wine tasting in their cellars.
Hunter Valley is located 114 miles north of Sydney. It sets in the long river bottoms of the Hunger River, largely considered the most fertile area of Australia. Some of the best white and red wines in the world come from this region, which has been known for its viniculture since the 1800s. The valley is home to more than 80 wineries, each set in the midst of growing farmlands.
Anyone who visits Hunter Valley should take the time to visit Rothbury estates, at lower hunter. The staff offers free tours of winemaking at every stage of its development, and offers free tastings of Shiraz.
The Barossa, located 28 miles northeast of Adelaide, is home to half of Australia’s wineries. The area was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, who had brought their own vines, and vinicultural style with them. They recognized the promise of Barossa’s shallow valley soil, and immediately started making traditional German wines, which have made the valley famous.
Those road tripping through the valley should take the time to visit Angaston, one of Barossa’s oldest, and most respected wineries. Their tours will give visitors a sample of German wines, like Riesling, Frontigac, and Grenache, as well as German hospitality and culture that is still palpable in the area.
The sights that can be experienced when driving across the Australian countryside are endless and unparalleled. Go to The Australian Informational Website at http://www.auinfo.com/australia_wine_regions.htm for more information about Australia’s unique landscape, and the ways it has embraced viticulture to create vineyards nestled into quiet pastoral passageways, and busy business centers.
About The Author: Elizabeth Bailey is an avid travel blogger. She loves combining an outback driving adventure with a bit of wine tasting and cheap overnight stays. Visit Expedia Australia for more information about car rentals.
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Essential Guide To The Best Paris Wine Bars
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Paris is a great hub for a range of clubs and bars. Many Parisians visit local bars and cafes to meet their friends and enjoy the city nightlife. Most of the city monuments and roads remain illuminated throughout the night and many tourists prefer to take part in midnight parties.
The wine bars of the city are decorated with regional themes and have a calm and decent environment. Apart from serving wines, these bars also small plates of cheese and meat. Irish and Anglo-style based bars are all scattered within a walkable distance which offer unique experience to the Paris visitors.
Here is a list of five popular Paris Wine Bars to experience great nightlife.
1. Budha Bar:
If you prefer to enjoy some peaceful hours enjoying light meals along with a nice cocktail, then checkout the popular Budha Bar. It has a very large relaxing area to enjoy leisure party with your friends having drinks, dinner and dancing. Eat at the downstairs restaurant before going up to the famous bar area where you can notice the giant statue of Lord Buddha. Even though the food items are fairly priced at this restaurant many American tourists still prefer to visit this bar.The best DJs around the globe will play their popular musical selections to entertain your evenings, but there is no dance-floor at Budha Bar, which is somewhat disappointing. Coming to dress code, prefer to wear sexy modern jeans. Avoid wearing casuals and sporty outfits. For women, it is advised not to wear sneakers at this bar.
- The bar gets crowded around midnight.
- Location: 8/12, rue Boissy d’Anglais.
- Bar Timings: 7:00pm to 12:30am.
- Nearby Attractions: Champs Elysees.
- Preferable Days: Saturdays and Sundays.
- Website: www.buddhabar.com
2. Le Baron Rouge:
Le Baron is quite a popular wine bar in the city that any traveller prefer to visit during their Paris vacation. Its a perfect place to taste a glass of tasty wine along with a plate of traditional fromages, saucissons and oysters. This bar is always buzzed with wine lovers at all times. Its giant oak barrels and racks of quality wines attracts millions of wine lovers throughout the year. During the lunch hours, the bar is completely filled with local shoppers and market traders. Le Baron Bouge, close proximity to the Flea market keeps the bar busy all the time.Its a good spot for red wine and French Tapas. Many tourists and locals go to this bar for a break, after purchasing at nearby markets. Smoking is always permitted in this bar and whenever I plan Paris holidays, I always meet my friends here in this bar. You can wear regular casuals and smoking is permitted in this bar.
- Location: 1, rue Theophile Roussel 75012 Paris.
- Bar Timings: 10am-2pm and 5pm-10pm.
- Nearby Attractions: Marche d’Aligre, flea market.
- Preferable Days: Tuesdays-Sundays.
3. Au Sauvignon:
This popular bar which was successfully serving wine for Paris visitors for more than half a century was run by a single family. Popular wine served in Au Sauvignon is Beaujolais and is served in many flavours like Saint Amour, Fleurie and Morgon.The popular Paris bakery Poilane is located very near to this bar and many visitors after tasting a glass of wine go to Poilane to taste its popular sandwich with duck rillette. Wearing smart casuals is recommended when entering into this bar.
- Nearby Attractions: Luxemburg Gardens and Poilane bakery.
- Bar Timings: 8am-10pm on (Mon-Sat) and 10am-9pm on Sundays.
- Location: 80 Rue des Sts-Peres, 75007 Paris.
- Website: www.au-sauvignon.com/
4. Piston Pelican:
Another great bar in Paris that is worthy of an outing is Le Piston Pelican. The bar beautifully hidden between Belleville and the Bastille. This old-fashioned bar is a perfect destination to sample tasty French wine from a huge wine list. Popular wines included in the list is the crisp Picpoul alongside other popular wine bottles from Chile and Portugal. During weekends, many customers come here to taste the popular cocktails at this bar. The whole atmosphere in this bar is friendly and they organise DJ’s and concerts during weekend nights.
- Nearby Attractions: Picpus Cemetery, Musee Edith Piaf.
- Location: 15 rue Bagnolet, Pere Lachaise, 75020 Paris.
- Bar Timings: 8:30 to 2:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-02:00 (Sat) and 10:00-00:00 (Sun)
- Website: www.pistonpelican.com/
5. Caves Legrand:
Caves Legrand is a famous Parisian bar which has been selling fine quality wines in the city for more than a decade. At the front side, you will see a shop offering truffles, chocolate, foie gras and at the backside, you can find their own wine bar known for its popular red and white wine lists.Wine lovers can even even taste vintage bottles at the bar. Nice and good looking dress along with a pair of attractive heels is recommended for the women. For the guys, it is good to wear a designer shirt with matching trousers.
- Nearby Attractions: Place des Victoires, Palais Royal.
- Location: 1 rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris.
- Bar Timings: Closes at 7:00 p.m. everyday.
- Website: www.caves-legrand.com/
Do you have any other popular Parisian bars to include in the above list? Please express your own views in the comments!
About The Author: Julei Helen is a guest writer who enjoys writing articles on different travel destination in the UK. Her articles are regularly published on popular newspapers and travel blogs. Currently, she is writing travel related articles on cheap ferry travel on behalf of Norfolkline.com
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