Virtual Wine Tastings and Tours From Around the World

Updated by Jim Deckebach

Austria: Wachau Valley

The Wachau Valley in Austria is responsible for some of the fruitiest Rieslings in the world. The valley spans 20 miles of coastline along the Danube River. Hundreds of vineyards and winemakers take advantage of the region's nearness to the river and elevations along the coast to grow subtly different grapes that make for tasty, sophisticated wines.

Australia: Chateau Yaldara, Barossa Valley

Situated on the shores of the North Para River, Chateau Yaldara occupies the site of a mill from the 1800s. Chateau Yaldara was founded by Herman Thumm in 1947 when he left Europe to emigrate to South Australia. Today, the vineyard covers more than 200 acres and produces many types of wines.

Argentina: Uco Valley, Mendoza

Sixteenth-century priests established the first vineyards in Mendoza. This area, near the Andes Mountains, is now responsible for almost 70% of all wine produced in Argentina. The area is best known for its Malbec grapes.

Canada: Mission Hill Family Estate, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

The Mission Hill Family Estate was founded in the fertile landscape of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia in the 1980s. The estate offers tours and tastings and also features a restaurant that pairs its wines with great food and amazing views of the surrounding lakes and cliffs.

Chile: VIK Winery, Millahue

Wine Enthusiast magazine named VIK Winery the Best Winery Experience in 2019. Located in the Andes, the unique architecture of the winery stands out against the beautiful landscape.

France: Loire Valley

UNESCO designated the Loire Valley as a world heritage site in 2000 due to the miles of historic vineyards and more than 20 well-preserved chateaus. The valley grows 24 different grape varietals, which are used to craft a wide variety of wines.

France: Chateau Pichon Baron, Longueville, Bordeaux

Since 1861, the beautiful Chateau Pichon Baron has overlooked the vineyards in the French region of Bordeaux. The chateau's underground wine cellar offers visitors the chance to see rare bottles while also enjoying breathtaking views of the waters beyond the chateau's walls.

France: Chateau de Meursault, Burgundy

Visitors who love wine flock to this historic castle that offers cellar visits and tastings by appointment. Additionally, a luncheon is held at the castle each year to celebrate the harvest.

France: Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes

The beloved sweet white wines produced by Chateau d'Yquem are created through a process called "noble rot," which produces grapes with unusually high sugar content. Not all varieties react well to this process. Hundreds of pickers have to select by hand the grapes they think have the necessary sweetness.

Germany: Wackerbarth Castle, Sachsen

On the outskirts of Dresden, Germany, are the vineyards of Radebeaul, which are home to Castle Wackerbarth, the first adventure winery in Europe. The castle is home to one of the oldest sparkling wine production facilities in Germany. The castle's beautiful interiors and exteriors are used to provide beautiful backdrops for a variety of events.

Germany: Moselle Valley

The Moselle River flows through the Moselle Valley. The river is the reason why the valley has the rich soil and warm temperatures needed to grow good grapes. In fact, the Romans realized as early as the second century that the valley would be an excellent place to grow grapes for wine. Today, most of the grapes produced are used to make Riesling. Along with wineries, visitors to the region enjoy hiking along the Moselsteig trail.

Italy: Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Bargino, Tuscany

The three-story building that houses Antinori nel Chianti Classico is carefully designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. Wine-lovers visiting Tuscany have a variety of wine tours and individually planned experiences to discover that will allow them to explore their love of wine while also exploring the ideas behind the architecture of the winery's buildings.

Italy: Val d'Orcia, Tuscany

The beautiful Tuscan hills, fields of olives, and vineyards make the region of Val d'Orcia one of the most beautiful in all of Italy. The Sangiovese grape is native to the region and is used extensively by local wineries. Visitors enjoy wine tastings, hiking, and scenic drives throughout the region.

Italy: Serralunga d'Alba, Langhe, Piedmont

UNESCO listed the Serralunga d'Alba vineyards as a world heritage site in 2014. The Castle of Serralunga d'Alba is home to a wine shop that features the more than 30 wines produced in the region.

Italy: Cinque Terre, Liguria

Unlike in other vineyards, the grapevines of Cinque Terre grow lying down. The village's steep terraces protect the grapes from the wind while still offering them plenty of sunlight. The region mostly grows white grapes. The most famous grape types from this area include Albarola, Bosco, and Vermentino.

Greece: Venetsanos Winery, Santorini

During the 1940s, the Venetsanos Winery was built into the side of a cliff in Santorini. Although the winery closed during the 1970s, in 2014, it was reopened as a visitor center to promote the wineries of the region. Today, weddings, private events, tastings, and tours are all available at this scenic, unusual winery.

New Zealand: Rippon Winery, Central Otago Region, Lake Wanaka

Visitors can enjoy wine tastings at the Rippon Winery by appointment only. The winery's first vintage was released back in 1989, and since then, they have focused on using biodynamic techniques to grow grapes without using irrigation. The winery also offers views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka.

Portugal: Douro River Valley

One reason UNESCO added the Douro River Valley to its list of world heritage sites is the beautiful lines made by the layout of the grapevines crisscrossing the valley. Historic wineries abound here, and most of them focus on making the white wines the region is globally known for.

Spain: La Geria, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Volcanic pits are scattered across La Geria, an island in the Canary chain. Green grape vines grow from the rich soil in the pits. Malvasia Volcánic is the most famous grape to emerge from the volcanic pits; it's used to make a lightly fruity wine with crisp ending notes.

Spain: Marques de Riscal, Rioja Alavesa, Elciego

Frank Gehry designed the hotel on the grounds of this winery. The futuristic building serves to set off the historic grounds and other buildings here. In fact, Marques de Riscal considers itself not a winery but instead an entire city of wine. Visitors can enjoy the bodega constructed in 1860 or the wine cellar that houses ancient bottles. A fine dining restaurant gives visitors the chance to pair local wines with amazing food without ever leaving the grounds.

South Africa: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek

This vineyard on the Western Cape of South Africa consists of 47 acres. A hotel, restaurant, shops, spaces for private events, and regular wine tastings are all offered on the grounds of the 325-year-old vineyard that was recently proclaimed one of the Top 100 Hideaways in the World and draws visitors from all around the globe.

Switzerland: Lavaux Region

Chasselas grapes are very difficult to harvest successfully and also need very specific growing conditions. The steep terraces of the Lavaux region lend themselves well to growing grapes that can produce wines of various complexities, ranging from simple floral white wines to far more complex ones, depending on how much direct sun each vine receives. The vineyards also border Lake Leman and offer beautiful views of the Swiss Alps.

Switzerland: Chateau d'Aigle, Rhone Valley

Parts of the chateau, which is located at the base of the Vaud Alps, were built during the 12th century. A vine and wine museum was opened in the ancient castle in 1976. Visitors can learn about the history of wine and how it is made and enjoy breathtaking views of the Rhone Valley.

United States: Darioush, Napa Valley, California

Mount Veeder's location in the southern part of the Napa Valley means its landscape is made up of many different microclimates perfect for cultivating various types of grapes. Darioush's winemakers use these grapes to produce many types of wines, including Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors can arrange for meals to be served that pair wines with appropriate foods and let them learn more about wine while they enjoy dinner.

United States: Inglenook, Napa Valley, California

The historic Inglenook winery was purchased by Francis Ford Coppola (director of films like the Godfather trilogy) in the 1970s. Today, the winery produces renowned whites and reds. Additionally, visitors can enjoy private tours, tastings, and innovative cuisine and wine pairings at the beautifully restored Napa Valley winery.

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