Wine-tasting is for thirty-somethings what beer pong is for college students — a fun, entertaining excuse to drink in the middle of the day. It’s also a great excuse to travel. We searched the globe to find the best international wine destinations for everyone from first-timers to full-blown oenophiles. Even the most ardent domestic beer drinker will be sniffing the bouquet and scribbling tasting notes after visiting any one of these wineries.
The Great Outdoors: Patagonia, Argentina
Why Go: Patagonia is the ultimate off-the-grid wine destination for explorers and adventurers. Visit in September, during the Argentinian spring, for a hiking trip through the southern tip of the Andes, and end up in the northern section Neuquen for a well-deserved respite.
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Top Wine: Malbec is the wine to drink in Patagonia; specifically, the 92 Chaltén 2009 Gran Reserva Malbec is a steal at less than $20.
Don’t Miss: Bodega NQN, a beautiful, modern winery with fabulous views and a host of excellent wines and equally excellent food pairings at its restaurant, Malma Resto Bar.