Head to France’s most northerly wine region for structured whites such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer, best teamed with superb traditional food found in the area’s many famous restaurants.
This was originally the poor man’s wine region. But today quality has greatly improved and you can enjoy bold, fruity reds such as Minervois and Corbières.
Mas de Daumas Gassac
Perhaps France’s most beautiful wine region. The lavender-clad hills and sublime beaches are the perfect setting in which to enjoy the area’s celebrated rose.
Bandol, Côtes de Provence
Domaine de Trévallon
Soave, Valpolicella and sparkling Prosecco are all produced in the hills north of Venice. Look out for sweet, recioto varieties that are made from dried grapes.
Soave, Valpolicella, Prosecco
The region around Naples was once home to the Romans’ most prized vines. Today the area’s wines are enjoying something of a renaissance, particularly the white Falanghina and the red Aglianico.
Feudi di San Gregorio
The DOURO VALLEY
As well as producing the grapes for port, the area produces exciting, full-bodied reds.
Port, full-bodied reds
Quinta Do Crasto
Quinta Do Dona Maria
Traditionally better known for producing corks rather than wine, the area is now home to some of the country’s most forward-looking producers.
Modern and innovative
Cortes de Cima
Main Image: Enrico Strocchi, Vineyard, Flickr Creative Commons