Travel Picks: Top 10 wonderful wine destinations

Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:03am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Wine lovers are increasingly following their passion on vacation with an more visitors to wine regions, which now boast top hotels, restaurants and tours.

TripAdvisor, an online travel community, has come up with a list of 10 top wine destinations in the world, according to its editors and traveler popularity. This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Geaux Bordeaux: Bordeaux, France

Perhaps the world's most famous wine destination, the Bordeaux region of France has long been renowned for its vineyards that produce everything from delicious table wines to the most expensive bottles in the world.

2. Golden Grapes: Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley has long been synonymous with superb wine and striking scenery, both of which draw millions of wine lovers to the region each year. Home to nearly 400 unique wineries, the valley has a Mediterranean climate that is ideal for growing a variety of grapes, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel.

3. Keen on Chianti: Tuscany, Italy

Famed for its reds like Chianti and Montalcino, the Tuscany region of Italy is a delight for the senses. Celebrated not only for its vineyards and its cuisine, its sheer natural and historic beauty make it one of the world's most sought-after destinations and a magical place to taste the local "vino".

4. A Bit of the Bubbly: Champagne-Ardenne, France   Continued...