Wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There is nothing like escaping to enjoy a pleasant glass of red, white or rose in the sun with a good book. Finding the best wines in the world, though, is no walk in the park. If you’re planning on going on such a quest, get yourself some cheap holiday insurance and jet off to give your taste buds the time of their life.

Here are some places you might want to consider to sample some of the best wines in the world.

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As every wine fan knows, some of the finest wines known to man are products of the beautiful Italian countryside. The sangiovese is perhaps the most famous grape in Italian wine production, with red wines such as the Chianti Classico and Montefalco Rosso delighting wine fans around the world. The vineyard at Villa Vignamaggio in Tuscany is one of notable quality and is well worth a visit.


France is another great wine-making region in Europe. The French take great pride, as with most things they do, in their wine production and have produced and, of course, are still producing wines to rival all others. Wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions are perhaps the most famous and most loved French wines across the world. For some of the tastiest white wines you will ever set on your tongue, pay a visit to Sancerre or, for that matter, any of the vineyards in the Loire Valley region.


A pattern is emerging here. Yes, another European winemaking giant is Spain. It would be sacrilegious to leave Spain off this list, especially considering that it is currently the third biggest wine exporter in the world. Rioja, which is located in the north of the country, is a popular Spanish winemaking region across the globe. If you get a chance to visit Spain, make sure you sample some of the wines from the La Rioja Alta vineyard.


The Hunter Valley region in Australia is famous the world over for the quality of its wines and, precisely because of this quality, it is one of the largest exporters of wine in the world. New South Wales is home to some fantastic vineyards; Tyrell’s, in particular, is one of the most famous ones in the region. This vineyard has been family owned for almost a century and a half and still offers tours and opportunities to have picnics in the vines.


South America in itself is generally excellent for wine production, but Chile certainly stands out from the crowd. There are virtuoso winemakers to be found the entire length of the country, the majority of which are well and truly part of the international exportation business these days. Concha y Toro is perhaps the most famous wine to come out of Chile – the vineyard is located in the Maipo region of the country, which is probably one of the country’s most established regions for winemaking.

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4 Comments on “The 5 best winemaking countries in the world”

    Gattina said:

    I used to love Australian or Chili wine besides the Italian once. The Frenchs are too heavy you easily get headaches !


    We definitely want to avoid headaches…. ouch… I actually think champagne are the best as you know, but together with food it sometimes demands something else…

    Stephania said:

    What’s better than Rioja Sangria?
    I visited Spain last year and used a travelocity coupon code for my airfare. And it’s silly to admit, but with the extra money my friends and I saved we re able to go to Rioja for a day and enjoy a couple glasses of wine and sangria! This was definitely one of the best trips we’ve taken. Our next trip will definitely have to be to Chile to enjoy a few more glasses of Concha y Torro!

    expatraveler said:

    Love trying the Chilean wines but also have ventured to try ones from Canada. Especially BC, they are quite good too. Ones that might give you a headache, ice wine! But it is good once in a while, just too expensive here to justify buying. $120 for most good bottles. (that’s not a wine bottle either, much smaller).

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