What’s the first destination that comes to mind when you think of combining a love of wine with your vacation?

Napa or Sonoma Valley, California, most likely.

While you’ll certainly be able to indulge in a glass or two in that region of the US, there are some other types of vacations to consider where wine is the highlight.

  • River cruises- There are sailings throughout Europe that focus on wines of the region. Imagine cruising the Danube and joining a Master of Wine for an exclusive wine tasting or tour a vineyard in Bordeaux, France after your ship docks right in town. River cruising is the perfect way to see some of Europe’s hidden gems.
  • Head down to South America and explore the wineries of Argentina and Chile. The Mendoza region produces incredible Malbec in the shadows of the Andes mountains. The Colchagua Valley is nicknamed Chile’s Napa Valley so imagine visiting several wineries in that region. The climate is similar to the Mediterranean which makes taking in the sights especially pleasant. There are several options for escorted tours with wine taking center stage.
  • Of course, Tuscany in Italy is rated the BEST Wine Vacation region, which we can customize for you along with other great sites and cities in Italy.
  • Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France rate among the best wine vacation regions which can be paired with Paris or the South of France.
  • Porto, Portugal is becoming a top favorite if you like sweet port wine.
  • Capetown, South Africa may not be home to top wineries but there are some stellar regions within a day trip of Capetown.  Visit Stellenbosch and the Paarl districts for some great wineries.
  • Santorini, Greece may elicit ideas of sensational views but we have sent many of our clients on winery visits in this romantic island
  • If you prefer to stick closer to home, the Napa and Sonoma region of California is open for business. This area is perfect to explore on your own or we can help you craft the perfect itinerary based on your individual preferences.
  • Willamette Valley, Oregon– there are 500 wineries along this 150 mile stretch between Portland and Eugene and it’s considered on of the top pinot noir producing areas.  Make it a day trip from Portland and check out the craft beer scene in Portland as well.

So when you are ready to travel again, remember that the team of My Vacation Lady can help you customize your wine inspired dream vacation or honeymoon!

When the world has reopened, we’re here to help.


video credit:  Visit Napa Valley