10 Fantastic Wine Destinations that Aren’t Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France's largest wine region, has drawn oenophiles for centuries. Yet as global wine production hovers around record levels, we're shifting our gaze to the destinations where you can enjoy a bottle sans crowds. From the fertile Napa Valley to boutique Chilean wineries, these are some of the best.

Wine destinations to put on your radar

Napa Valley


With more than 400 wineries, California's famous wine region is perfect for a San Francisco day trip or a more lengthy retreat. Don't leave without filling your suitcase with bottles of cabernet sauvignon, the region's specialty.



While Provence is known more for its lavender fields than its vineyards, the region is said to produce the world's best rosé. One for the snap-happy Instagrammers, it's a place where days are best spent sipping on glasses of perfectly pink wine amid endless lavender fields of soft indigo and tranquil mauve.



In the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza has earned itself a reputation as the wine capital of Argentina. With lots of different microclimates, the region produces a whole host of varietal. That being said, its award-winning malbec is a must-try.



While crowds often flock to Santorini or Crete for wine holidays, in recent years Thessaloniki has steadily been growing as a popular wine destination. In the heart of Macedonia, this ancient port city produces much-loved tannic wines to accompany the region's Mediterranean cuisine.

Douro Valley


With a 2,000 year history of grape harvesting and wine production, the valley's vineyards have a stellar pedigree. Explore the region's quaint villages, wander along the river and sample its famous sweet port wine.



Even the most unrefined oenophiles among us know that Tuscany is home to some of the world's best wines. The rolling vineyards of this region - featured in countless movies and a source of inspiration for many paintings - produce some of Italy's most exported bottles. Be sure to try the chianti if you're partial to dry, medium-bodied wine.

Yarra Valley


Just an hour's drive from Melbourne, the hills and fields of Australia's beloved wine region are quenched by the Yarra River. Escape from the city for long, scenic walks, wildlife spotting and sampling the region's famous pinot noir and chardonnay.

Cape Town

South Africa

A popular destination for wine holidays, some of Cape Town's best vineyards are just outside the city. With a wine-making tradition stretching back more than 300 years, the Constantia Valley is the oldest wine region in the Southern Hemisphere and a favourite wine connoisseurs.


New Zealand

Renowned for its zesty sauvignon blanc, Marlborough is a relatively new hotspot on our wine radar. Explore New Zealand's northeastern tip: wander round the Wairau Valley before tucking into a seafood lunch accompanied by a local tipple.

Casablanca Valley


Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, the Casablanca Valley is a wine destination for the modern oenophile. Known for its crisp whites, the valley is the fastest-growing wine region in Chile, home to many boutique wineries complete with latest wine-making technology.

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