Though some of the world’s best-kept secrets, these wine destinations should be on every wine lover’s bucket list. From Douro Valley in Portugal to Franciacorta in Italy, or Oregon’s Willamette Valey, some of these world’s best wine regions are blissfully under the radar. Join us on this journey and discover 7 Under-the-Radar Wine Destinations.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro is an internationally recognized wine-producing region. Its wine has unique characteristics and there is no equal to it in its color, flavor, and taste. In addition to tasting the renowned Port Wine, visitors can take part in the wine production process and participate in the grape harvest, which seems more like a celebration than work.
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Headquartered on the bank of the Douro River, that gives life to the best wine in the world, COVET HOUSE stands out in a serene manner, between rustic-style gardens and granite stonework, in a contrasting and balanced dialogue that welcomes and receives visitors with the utmost care and attention.
2. Franciacorta, Italy
When it comes to Italian wine, most people immediately think of Tuscany, but Italy has an amazing diversity of wine regions. One of the country’s most incredible hidden gems is Franciacorta, which lies just east of Milan, near Lake Como. Here, vineyards like Ca’ del Bosco produce sparkling wines that rival French Champagne—all with the lakes and mountains of Lombardy as a stunning backdrop.
3. Willamette Valley, Oregon
The secret’s out about Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which boasts 500 wineries, yet it remains blissfully free of crowds. Winemakers like Sokol Blosser Winery and Stoller Family Estate are producing top-notch Pinot Noirs in state-of-the-art facilities nestled in the region’s rolling hills. Visitors can day-trip from Portland or stay at the Allison Inn & Spa for a relaxing weekend.
4. Calchaquí Valley, Argentina
Sure, Mendoza produces Argentina’s most famous wines, but the remote Calchaquí Valley in the north is home to some of the highest vineyards in the world. Travelers will find a breathtaking landscape characterized by red rock formations. Grace Cafayate’s luxurious suites and villas make an excellent home base for exploring the region’s estancias and sampling the Torrones and Malbecs that pair well with Andean cuisine.
5. Long Island’s North Fork, New York
Yes, you can get great wine in New York, and you’ll find it on Long Island’s North Fork. Just a couple hours from New York City, skyscrapers give way to vineyards and sand dunes. Standouts include the Provence-inspired Croteaux Vineyards, the only winery in the U.S. that exclusively makes rosés, and McCall Wines, where you can sip Pinot Noir in a former barn and horse stable.
6. Amador County, California
Napa and Sonoma may be California’s most well-known wine regions, but farther inland lies Amador County, an old gold-rush region flush with vineyards, like Vino Noceto, which produces Sangiovese and other Italian varietals. You’ll see more dusty pickups than BMWs here, but the area’s scrappiness is part of its charm. Some towns like Sutter Creek look straight out of an old western, but new hotels like Hanford House Inn have been steadily revitalizing the area.
7. Sicily, Italy
This rustic island is best known for fortified Marsala wine, but Sicily produces many excellent varietals, including Nero d’Avola, Grecanico, and Grillo. Visitors will find vineyards all over, from the area around Palermo in the west to Mount Etna in the east. Oenophiles looking to explore should book a luxury villa with the Thinking Traveller, which can arrange winery tours and tastings, and even deliver bottles to your door.