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Top 8 Destinations for Wine Lovers

From classic wine-growing regions to new favorites, award-winning wineries are sprouting up across the world. The North Fork region of New York is a relatively newbie to the world of wine, while Florence remains an age-old favorite. But no matter where in the world you find yourself, chances are there’s a delectable wine region just a short distance away. For wine lovers wondering where to begin, journey to these 8 amazing wine destinations for delightful local pairings of wines, cheeses, and desserts.

1)    Napa Valley, California:  So many wineries, so little time! Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley’s rolling hills and relaxing pace of life seem worlds apart from San Francisco’s hectic happenings. With so many wineries to choose from, be prepared to dedicate a full day to one of a kind wines. $98

2)    Long Island, New York: The North Fork region of New York has been quietly toiling away for the past few decades creating a world famous reputation for itself as an emerging Wine region. Acquiring award after award commemorating their wines for the past 10 years, their wines have even been featured in the book: 1001 Wines to Taste Before You Die. So, make sure to put Long Island on your bucket list, and take an intro to wine-making while you’re out there. $149

3)    Prague, Czech Republic: Czech hospitality always goes hand in hand with delicious local brews and wine. Attend an evening folklore garden gypsy party and you’ll enjoy a traditional Czech dinner, along with perfectly paired wines – all while partaking in fun, games, music, and dance.  $60

4)    Paris, France: Parisian wine is not just a drink, it’s an experience. That’s why you’re best off sampling their delicious assortment of reds and whites in conjunction with Paris’ notoriously sinful chocolates, cheese, and pastries. A local guide can lead you off the tourist path through the city’s hidden alleys to hole-in-the-wall delights that will make you feel like a native Parisian. $40

5)    Florence, Italy:  For an experience your taste buds won’t soon forget, let an experience Sommelier match the region’s characteristic wines with the Tuscany’s to-die-for traditional flavors – including cheese, olives, and breads topped with rich oil and garlic. $40 

6)    Milan, Italy:  Soak in the region’s rich history while luxuriating in a quaint wine bar in the Lombardia countryside. Bring a small group of friends and learn about the flavors and anecdotes that make Milan such a hidden treasure. $40

7)    Phillip Island, Australia: The Gippsland region is renowned for its gourmet local produce and stellar wine selection. The Bass River Winery produces upscale boutique wines that will delight your palate. Make sure to experience local cheeses, chocolates, and olives to gain full appreciation of the region’s offerings.

8)    Melbourne, Australia: For those who appreciate a modern take on a classic wine-tasting expedition, be one of the first to board a Segway at the Rochford Winery and glide among their grapevines while learning about wine production. The bold and adventurous will be thrilled by the Segway Off-Road Track. $140