These wine regions are both obvious and not so obvious. While everyone loves the idea of classic old world wines and the regions that grow these magnificent wines, why not discover a few regions that would never be on your radar?
The Obvious – Wine Country Destinations
A trip to Italy is not complete with out a trip to the land of Chianti!
La Rioja, Spain
The world of Garnacha and Tempranillo combine to produce an elegant wine and is as comfortable as it is structured.
Is there a better destination to explore old world wine?
Napa Valley, California
California Wine Country is defined by Napa Valley.
The Not So Obvious Wine Destinations
Mexico has three wine producing regions among its 31 states. The northern region includes Baja California and Sonora.
When apartheid ended in 1994, South African winemakers were able to set their sights on international markets and make wines that appealed to those markets. They are still at it.
One fortunate thing happened to Lebanon after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire with its defeat in the First World War. A League of Nations mandate gave the administration of the country to France, so the influence of that wine arbiter is strong.
The Okanagan Valley is British Columbia’s most prominent fine wine region. Okanagan is Canada’s only desert. Okanagan’s continental climate is moderated by Lake Okanagan and the series of watercourses that connect to it.
Portugal has lost its fair shares of wars, but one war it has most definitely won: the war against the French grapes. French grapes pushed their international way into Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece—all of Europe, except isolated backward-looking Portugal. As a result, Portugal’s indigenous vine varieties pressed their own way into the 21st century, validating the country’s grapevine and wine structure and even doing some international colonizing of their own.
Greece, as we have mentioned, has been producing wine for a long time, but in some way, it has not. It was only in the 1980s that Greece began to modernize its wine industry.