Harvesting in California’s Napa Valley
Throughout American history, immigrants came from all over the world, bringing the old world with them and blended it with the new. Nowhere is this unique blending more apparent than in the combinations of cultivated old world grapes with the wild varieties of the Americas.
Although none of North America’s wild grapes alone produce tasty wine, when mixed with the old varieties, they create something fantastic. Today American wines are on par with what you find in the wineries of Italy and France. Here are four essential destinations for tasting the best the United States has to offer.
Napa Valley, California
No United States wine tasting tour would be complete without a trip to Napa. Sure, it may be overrated but most wine lovers will admit that it lives up to the hype. There are several hundred wineries and you can find every type of wine imaginable. Napa Valley has been an important wine area since the early 19th century and many of the old wineries are still around. This region set the standard for all California wines.
Critics of Napa
Tuscany. Vineyard in the middle of the most famous wine region of Italy.
When you first travel to Italy, there are so many places to see and so many things to do. If you’re a wine lover, the region of Tuscany is not to be missed. This is where Italy produces some of its best and most unique wines, and it’s done so for hundreds of years. There are many types that you can’t get anywhere else. You can spend days wandering the vineyards of Tuscany and getting a taste of the ‘real thing.’
Tuscany is located on the western coast of Italy. It’s a rolling countryside full of vineyards, olive groves, abbeys, villas and castles. Considered by historians to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, it has a legacy of culture and art. Aside from world-class wine tasting, it has six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the historic city center of Florence.
The Home of Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico is one of the best known wines in the world and it’s produced here. It has a ruby red color, an intense smell, and a slightly tannic taste.