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12 Bucket List–Worthy Wine Experiences for Oenophiles

Raise a glass to these top wine experiences across Europe, the US, Australia, and beyond.

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Gianmaria Franchini is a writer based in Oakland, CA who makes his life between California and Italy. He’s a Senior Writer with Viator, and the in-house San Francisco expert.

Think of wine and travel, and a few global destinations come to mind. Italy is usually first, followed by France, Spain, and Northern California. These regions serve up enough wine-tasting outings to satisfy even the most decadent oenophiles. Of course, wine lovers would be remiss to skip Napa County, Tuscany, or Bordeaux, as these reliable wine-producing regions have aged like, well, fine wine.

But there are some additional wine experiences that aren’t quite as well known that you may want to add to your bucket list. From touring the volcanic vineyards of the Greek Islands to sipping your way through Australia, these incredible wine experiences will have you preparing a toast and asking for another round.

2. Explore the renowned wineries of Australia’s Barossa Valley

South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of the world’s most renowned wine-producing regions outside of Europe. On this experience, spend a full-day wine tasting at multiple Barossa wineries and visit three local attractions: Tanunda, Mengler’s Hill Lookout, and the Whispering Wall, a curved dam that really does whisper.

12. Discover California wine country’s best-kept secret

In SoCal, Temecula is where the best wine flows. Explore the California countryside and wineries near this picture-perfect town located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sample at least three wines from California’s other top wine-producing region and finish the experience with live music and a tour of the production facilities.

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