This article was originally written for Janbala.
While we’re familiar with the famed wine regions of Napa, Tuscany and Bordeaux, the throngs of tourists and overpriced tastings have inspired us to explore elsewhere. Care to join us?
If you want to travel like a seasoned sommelier, pause the obvious plans and opt for lesser known regions still flying under the mainstream radar… for now. Baja’s burgeoning Valle de Guadalupe is putting Mexico on the map for so much more than cerveza. Over in Italy, Mt. Etna’s volcanic stress is breeding full-bodied perfection. On the southern cape of South Africa, Constantia Valley is proving royal flavor still pleases the modern palate. And down in Portugal, the Algarve region is answering your prayers: wine tasting with a picturesque beach backdrop.
It’s time to upgrade your vino vacation with a trip to one of these underrated regions. Because really, can you think of a better reason to travel than the pursuit of a great glass of wine?
Mt. Etna Wine Region in Sicily, Italy