In 2014 the readers of USA Today voted in order to determine the best wine regions in the world. Alentejo in Portugal was voted as the best one, but there are several more worth mentioning that are really close to the top.
This region occupies around a third of Portugal, and it is famous for its wines. People from all around the world go there to try the amazing wines which can be drank almost anywhere, from cafes and restaurants to vineyards and wine cellars.
The red wines are the most amazing ones and there is an abundance of those, while white wines are a little more difficult to find, considering that the climate in this region is very hot and not very appropriate for its production. In all of its sub-regions, quality wine is produced and you can have a taste of freshly produced or aged wines and feel the harmony of tastes and enjoy their drinkability.
The main grape used for wines in this region is the white Antão Vaz which has a tropical fruit flavor and makes the wines more delicious than any other. The producers also use many other types of grapes, and they also recently started importing some, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which they use to make Vinho Regional.
The wines made here are possibly the best ones in the world, but be careful – they are also very drinkable and it is easy to overdo it. Bring your wine palate and a little bit of self-control with you, and you’re set to go.
The Okanagan Valley province’s territory is almost 82 percent covered in vineyards. This region is the best wine producing and grape growing region in British Columbia, with 250 kilometers going through different sub-regions, each one with different climate and type of soil, making it possible to grow various kinds of grapes. The best grapes growing in this region are Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and there are 8,619 acres of grapes planted and growing wonderfully there.
Okanagan wineries have long been ranked at the top of any world lists of best wineries, wines and wine regions. The first winery here opened in 1931, so it can be said that this region has a fairly long history and tradition when it comes to wine making.
3. Maipo, Chile
Maipo is a wine region close to Santiago, with vineyards stretching across three sectors of the Maipo Valley which has long ago become famous for the great-quality wines produced there. Red wines are this region’s specialty, and some of the world’s best Cabernets are produced here (including Cabernet Sauvignon), but there are also other terrific wines such as Carmenere and Syrah. These elegant and balanced wines are created with the perfect combination of light afternoon sun which warms the vineyards and the evening breeze which helps the temperatures drop a little, creating the perfect conditions for these wines.
Marlborough is the largest and best grape growing and wine producing region in New Zealand, and some of the world’s best wines are made with love there, including Sauvignon Blanc. With long sunny days and a temperate climate, this region is perfect for growing grapes, and of course, there are many wine producers who know how to use this potential. The cool nights and enough rain in the fall contribute to the perfect conditions for these grapes.
There are more than 40 wine cellars selling amazing wines where you can enjoy the variety of tastes and the quality of wine. Other than Sauvignon Blanc, this region is known around the world for amazing Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, produced from grapes growing on over 20,000 hectares which makes two thirds of entire New Zealand’s grape plantations.