Fall brings its own moods, and the desire to bask on white-sand beaches gives way to a romance of walking along cozy streets, dining at small family restaurants and opting for mellow wine tastes instead of refreshing summer cocktails. The ability to choose a good wine is akin to subtle jewelry knowledge. However, whereas a whole science is devoted to the nature of gems, for wine it is sometimes enough to know the region of its origin.
This region has been building its reputation for centuries, producing light wines. Although the harvest season ended here in September, now is the time to go taste young wine.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is considered one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The world’s best winemakers hunt for vines soaked in the hot sun and fed by the waters of the Douro river. In fall, all the riot of colors of stepped vineyards erupts.
La Rioja, Spain
A paradise for connoisseurs of warm flavors. The region has become popular for the noble Tempranillo grape, exclusive to this area. In addition to getting acquainted with local winegrowers, you can have a great time here, exploring the castles and cathedrals in the neighborhood.
Back in medieval times, chronicles glorified the skill of local winemakers, who quenched the thirst of the Greek gods and great warriors. The Mediterranean climate and open spaces of the white island had become the ideal place for the birth of wine masterpieces. You may experience the maximum satisfaction from the drink at any restaurant, but if you are looking for perfection, go to the Santo Wines Winery.
The place hidden in the Swiss Alps remains an unexplored mystery for many. Wine fields, stretching out in the south-west of Switzerland between Lausanne and Montreux with a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva, are also UNESCO protected.
The world’s winemaking capital simply can’t be left out. The old wine town of Saint Émilion and its legendary Les Cordeliers winery, located on the ruins of a Franciscan cloister, are a must stopping point on a wine tour.