• Wine regions around the world

    2010-10-19

    Many can identify France and Italy as being the countries with the richest wine-producing tradition, yet there are many regions all around the world that boast their own wine specialties.

    Spain has more vineyard acreage than anywhere in the world, and Spain’s Andalucía is especially renowned for its sherry. The best place to sample the region’s sherry is at a traditional Spanish wine bar, or bodega, MSNBC reports.

    The Cape Winelands in South Africa can be visited during a day-trip from Cape Town, as they are located only 45 minutes away from the city. The harvest of the region’s 400 square miles of vineyards can be witnessed by tourists during February and March.

    Hunter Valley in Australia is home to about 120 vineyards, the news source reports. Tours of Australia’s wine country often depart from Sydney and allow visitors to attend boutique wine tastings while sampling the area’s local cheese production.

    Mendoza, Argentina is known by some to be the producer of Malbec wine, but fans of Malbec may not know that the region’s grapes flourish thanks to an extensive irrigation system carved into the desert land by the Incas, according to the news provider. The harvest in Mendoza is accompanied by a lively two-month festival, complete with grape-blessing celebrations and other events inspired by local folklore.

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