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 Romantic Getaway: Douro Valley, Portugal
Why Go: Simply put, Douro Valley is the most beautiful wine region in the world. The mountainside terraced vineyards overlook the gorgeous, winding river below. Its remoteness discourages all but the most ardent wine tourists, and its old world, cobbled-road charm provides a calm, romantic getaway for oenophiles and the people who love them.
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Top Wine: Douro is known for its port, and its white ports are an offbeat delight. Take a bottle on a picnic to the chapel of São Salvador do Mundo for one of the best views in Portugal.
Don’t Miss: Quinta de la Rosa, located right on the Douros River, offers some of the best wines in region.