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Vineyards have a way of capturing the glamour and class that gets lost in the midst of jobs, families, and other commitments. A trip to a vineyard is filled with beautiful scenes of grapevines going as far as the eye can see, the tastings of delectable wine and cheese pairings, and bubbly conversation. At a vineyard, the problems of every day life seem to melt away; none of that matters when you’re taking in the aromas of handcrafted wines.

Extend that feeling by taking a trip filled with gorgeous scenery and impressive vineyards. Treat yourself to a vacation like no other and travel somewhere unique filled with rich history and delicious wine. Pick somewhere with a gorgeous view, diverse culinary options, and of course, with fine wine options.

If you’ve got a taste for stellar wine and new adventures, try planning a trip to one of these exotic and unexpected places.

Velké Bílovice, Czech Republic

Every wine lover will want to plan a visit to the Czech Republic. Velké Bílovice is home to the largest winemaking town in the country and hosts more than 1,020 winemakers. Given that there are more than hundreds of wines to try, you’ll want to plan your visit during the “open cellars” event. Every year between May and September, different wine cellars open their doors and allow people to stop in, meet with the winemakers, and taste all their different wines.  

Okanagan Wine Region, Canada

If you want a dream vacation that might be a little more realistic, consider our friends up north. Around five hours east of Vancouver is the Okanagan Wine Region. Initially started in 1859, wine production in the Okanagan Wine Region now includes three separate winemaking regions, five distinct wine trails, and more than 170 wineries. Talk about having plenty of options to choose from.

Calchaquí Valley, Argentina

If you’re looking for a wine trip unlike any other, it’s time you book a trip to the Calchaquí Valley. Here, you can taste wine made from the world’s highest vineyards (between 1,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level). Thanks to the unique soil and climate of the region, the wines of the Calchaquí Valley have flavors, smells, and colors exclusive to the area. Try taking a guided tour of the 477 acres of the Piatelli Vineyards where they grow Malbec, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Torrents grapes to get a taste of Argentina wine.

Douro Valley, Portugal

Deep in the mountain ranges of Portugal, you’ll find the wine region of Douro. Here, you can find a large selection of local grapes that make Douro’s famous Port. It’s like no other due to their extra addition of spirit to add a sweeter taste to the drink. If you’re not a Port fan, don’t worry. The mixed-variety vineyards offer a range of grapes.

Franschhoek, South Africa

On the outskirts of Cape Town, you’ll find a town filled with history. Franschhoek is known for their century old vineyards and boutique wineries offering tours and tastings of their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and more. Between its picturesque scenery, unique cuisine, and stunning vineyards, it can be a little overwhelming to try to see it all. If that’s the case, try taking the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Just choose between six hop-on hop-off lines and spend the day winetasting at vineyards. What better way is there to spend a vacation?

Tokaji, Hungary

If you have a taste for white wines, it’s time you visit one of the oldest wine regions in the world: Tokaji. As any wine lover knows, the environment and conditions are what contributes to the distinct taste found in wines, and Tokaji is no exception. Thanks to the south-facing slopes, the nearby rivers, warm summers, and sunny autumns, the wine of Hungary tends to have a sweeter taste compared to others. In the late summer, there’s even the Wine, Shine, Bénye Festival held in August. During this festival, people can try different wine tastings, wine and culinary workshops, enjoy live music, and experience the history of Tokaji.

Lexington, Nebraska

In the heart of Nebraska, you’ll find Mac’s Creek Vineyards & Winery. A family owned and operated vineyard, we grow up to 10 different varietals. To compliment the taste of our Nebraska wines, we offer a tasty appetizer menu to bring out each wine’s rich flavors. With options like an artisan cheese board, a cheese and charcuterie platter, and a molten chocolate paradise, every wine has a perfect pairing.

The best tasting wines are often found in unexpected places whether it’s high up in the mountains of Argentina or deep in Nebraska. You just have to know where to look for it. As you’re saving up for your next travel adventure, pour yourself a glass or two of Mac’s Creek wine. You can find Mac’s Creek wine at retail locations across Nebraska. Enjoy the wine found in your backyard while dreaming of your future travel endeavors. 

Great Wine From Unexpected Places