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Looking out at a beautiful lake, garden or mountain while enjoying the company of a fine glass of wine, is there anything better than that?! We’ve been to quite a few wineries during our travels around the world, but a few have stood out in our minds.

Since the holiday season is fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about family, friends, festivities and of course…indulging in copious amounts of  red wine!

With wine on our minds, it’s time to share some of our favourite wineries of the world.   

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Entrance to a beautiful winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa

1.  Mission Hill Winery, Canada.  The wines here are superb.  You can enjoy a cellar tour, wander around the well manicured grounds and enjoy a fabulous meal with glass of wine…while staring out at the gorgeous view of Lake Okanagan and the vineyard. You are able to sample 4 delicious wines, free of charge.

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Beautiful views of Okanagan Lake and the vineyard at Mission Hill Winery

2. Chateau Ksara, Lebanon.  This winery, with a 21 hectare estate, is possibly one of the oldest in the world!  The Romans dug many tunnels in the cellar (which used to be a grotto) and then the Jesuit Fathers made them larger during WWI.  This is a beautiful, extremely interesting, Middle Eastern winery with a huge selection of white, red and rose wines. The wine tasting and tour of the cellar and vineyard are free.

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Doing a tour of the cellar at Ksara is a must. The underground tunnels are so old!

3. Viljoensdrift Winery, South Africa. This is where we tried the Pinotage blend for the first time, and man is it delicious! Besides the delightful pinotage wine, the scenery at this winery is spectacular. Located in the Robertson Wine Valley, it has the perfect surroundings for a picnic. Spread out a blanket alongside the river and enjoy a picnic of wine and cheese from a nearby farm. This winery also offers boat trips on the Breede River. A tasting of 4 delicious wines are free.

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Sampling some delicious red wines at the Viljoensdrift Winery

4. Gavalas Winery, Greece. There are many reasons to travel to Santorini, Greece, but one of the top reasons is to visit one of the many wineries. The grapes grown here benefit from the unique growing conditions in the volcanic soil. The Gavalas family have been in the wine-making business for over 150 years! I think it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about wine. The reds at this winery are very different from wines we’ve tasted anywhere else. The flavour is dry, nutty and has a velvety finish. The cellar here is also very interesting. Wine tastings are free.

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Doing a wine tasting at the Gavalas Winery on Santorini Island

5.  Red Mountain Estate, MyanmarThe reason we love this one so much is because of the fact that we had no idea there were wineries in Myanmar! Rent a bicycle and cycle through stunning farmland alongside beautiful Inle Lake before arriving at this winery on top of a hill. It’s a struggle to get to the top, but it’s well worth the effort. All of the plants have been imported from France and Spain and the grapes flourish in the soil here. The Pinot Noir and the Cabernet Sauvignon are smooth and full-bodied. The views from the winery at sunset are spectacular. The cost of tasting 4 wines is about $2.

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Sampling a glass of red at the Red Mountain Estate in Myanmar

Although all of these wineries are unique, have stunning grounds and flavourful wines, some of our favourite wines come from New Zealand and Australia! We can’t wait to make it to that part of the world one day and check out the wineries there. I’m sure they won’t disappoint.

Are you a wine drinker? Which wines/wineries are your favourite? Share with us below!

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14 thoughts on “Wineries Around the World: 5 Of Our Favourites

  1. Wine in Myanmar? Who would’ve thought?! We went to a nice winery outside Cafayate in northern Argentina that was quite nice (especially the bicycle ride to get there). I’m no wine connoisseur (that’s much an area for Zab), but it was a nice place.

  2. Great post guys 🙂 We love a wine. I didn’t know that the wine in Greece was just that little bit different because of the soil (which makes sense), but your description makes it sound delicious!

    There are several great wine regions in Australia with our favourites being McClaren Vale & Coonawarra (SA for sensational reds), Mornington Peninsula (VIC for Pinot) & Rutherglen (VIC for stickies).

  3. Awesome! I can’t wait to go to South America one day and check out the wineries there.

    ps, it’s always a great idea to bike out to the wineries…but it’s the bike ride back that can be a bit sketchy!

  4. Fabulous post! We do love a good wine from time to time. Some of the most beautiful wineries and vineyard we have visited were in Tuscany. We stayed in the small medieval walled city of Montepulciano where they had a wine cellar that had all the wonderful atmosphere you would expect of an ancient city in Italy. We loved the visit and can’t wait to return!

  5. Lovely, you def. discovered some places we haven’t been to yet! – We are enthusiastic wine lovers too. Two of our favourites would be the Valdonica Vineyard in Tuscany, Italy and Sula Vineyard in Nahsik, India. Lately, we also went to Hua Hin Vineyard in Thailand which was nice but quite a task to reach!

    Cheers to you guys!

  6. These look lovely. Wineries in Canada…who knew? I am yet to visit a winery (anywhere). This has definitely re-inspired that desire of mine. Thanks!

  7. Hi Sabine!

    A winery in India?! No way, I wouldn’t have thought..
    Visiting Italy is high on our list for many reasons, but one main one would be the wineries!! Yum. Finding wineries that are out of the way/hard to get to is all part of the fun 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yes! There are some great wineries in Canada, especially where we both grew up in the Okanagan Valley in B.C. If you’re into wine, then you definitely need to visit a winery 🙂

    Cheers!

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