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Visit these seven lesser-known regions around the world for a wine-tasting experience to remember.

While no wine lover would refuse a trip through Tuscany or Burgundy, there are wine-producing regions around the world that are also apt for exploration. Less expected, our list of other places to visit is not to be missed: envision rolling hills, sunny skies, ancient towns and most of all, excellent wines without the level of crowds the Old World destinations are known for.

~  Adelaide Hills, Australia  ~

Known for producing high-quality pinot noir, Adelaide Hills – in South Australia – has a cool climate conducive to growing excellent grapes. Stay at Sequoia Lodge, a 14-suite luxury property ideally set among 12 hectares of beautiful nature. The lodge will organize tastings for you; in particular, the McLaren Vale 4WD tour will enjoy visits to nearby producers Samson Tall and Yangarra, sampling small-batch wines in each of its beautiful estates.

~ South Downs, England  ~

Discover excellent sparkling wines outside the Champagne region in England’s South Downs. This scenic region spotlights Rathfinny Estate and Ridgeview Vineyard, both known for their sparkling vintages. Boutique hotel The Gallivant in Camber Sands is the ideal base – cozy, comfortable and home to a Bamford Spa, this beachfront property is also expert in all things English wine country. The on-site tasting, hosted by one of its sommeliers, will guide novices through the rights and wrongs of tasting wine, perusing a selection produced just minutes from the hotel.

~ Mendoza, Argentina  ~

If you’re a fan of spicy, full-bodied red wine, head to the Mendoza region of Argentina. Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the area’s high altitude offers optimum conditions for outstanding production. The temperate conditions are ideal for the grapes but also for visiting: you can expect consistent weather for most of the year. We recommend staying at Cavas Wine Lodge, an elegant resort in the middle of wine country ideally suited for visiting the surrounding vineyards.

~ Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico  ~

Situated primarily atop the cliffs overlooking Todos Santos Bay, the vineyards of Guadalupe benefit from a dry, Mediterranean-like climate, producing both red and white grapes of excellent quality. Increasingly popular with tourists, now is the perfect time to visit this beautiful region – especially as Banyan Tree Veya is set to open early this year.

The ultra-luxurious resort will be set within a vineyard, just 90 minutes from the United States border, designed to blend seamlessly with the stunning natural surroundings. Featuring five food and beverage venues – including a fine-dining eatery that will spotlight wines from the region – it will offer breathtaking views over the valley, while its on-site winery will be the first in the world dedicated to grenache, utilizing grapes sourced and replanted from France.

~  Puglia, Italy  ~

Puglia is a prime wine region that successfully grows many grape varietals and is blessed with plenty of sun and fertile soil. Cooled by the Mediterranean Sea, this part of Italy – the heel of the boot – is a must-visit for any wine lover. With Masseria Torre Maizza as a base, the area is ripe for exploring via bike or bucolic drives. During the summer months, chef Fulvio Pierangelini curates outdoor dinners on-site in Masseria’s beautiful gardens in partnership with local vintners, showcasing their best wines.

~ Istria, Croatia  ~

Drawing comparisons to Bordeaux, Istria is one of the oldest winemaking regions in Europe, having first produced grapes in the sixth century BC. Featuring iron-rich soil, Istria’s red wine production has garnered global accolades – picture full-bodied reds like cabernet sauvignon and syrah (shiraz). Also, limestone-rich soil in the region produces crisp and acidic white grapes; visitors truly have their pick of personal favorites. The Meneghetti Wine Hotel makes the most of the region’s options, creating its own wines and olive oil as well as organizing bespoke tastings in its private tasting room.

~ Vienna, Austria  ~

Unique in that it is primarily urban, Vienna’s winemaking scene is known for white varietals: riesling, grüner veltliner, chardonnay and pinot blanc. Although the number of hectares in production has shrunk since grapes were first planted in 1132 AD, plenty of wine is still made in the area, and cozy wine taverns offer the perfect locale in which to sample the options.

Staying at the luxurious Rosewood Vienna, located on Petersplatz in the Old Town, venture just outside the city center to enjoy wine as it has been for centuries at the historic hueriger (wine tavern) overlooking the city, traveling between villages frequented by Beethoven while sampling dry and crisp white wine.

This story was first published by Quintessentially and is republished with kind permission. For more information, please go to Quintessentially.com or email corporatemembership@quintessentially.com
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