While January offers the perfect opportunity for post-holiday detoxing, it’s also the ideal time to look ahead and start planning those vacations that will motivate you through the dreary dregs of winter.
All travel should broaden the mind, but the best experiences are undoubtedly those that take place with a glass in hand. If you’ve already checked off the world’s premier wine destinations, firstly: congratulations! But now it’s time to consider the appellations, regions, and even nations that you may have passed by.
Whether you’re able to visit just one or all 10, here are the wine travel destinations that should be on your radar this year.
10. VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Austria’s capital boasts stunning baroque architecture and is a hub of music, art, and coffee culture. A lesser known but equally enticing reason to visit is that Vienna is the only world capital that produces significant quantities of wine. By significant, we’re talking over 1,700 acres of vineyards planted within the city limits — 85 percent of which are dedicated to white varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Grüner Veltliner.
The best season to experience Vienna’s vineyards is during autumn, when the city hosts its annual Wine Hiking Day. With three routes spanning a total of 15 miles, visitors can amble the city’s vineyards while sampling delicious food and wine pairings. There are palaces dotted along the route, too, and expansive views of the city providing a picturesque backdrop.
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