Travel Picks: 10 Top International Wine Destinations

Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:05am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Wine tourists are a growing breed as wineries around the globe step up their game and offer visitors better services and gourmet food alongside wine tasting. ( has come up with 10 top international wine destinations assisted by George Taber, author of "In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism." The list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Castello Banfi, Tuscany, Italy

The Banfi winery was started by John Mariani, an American wine importer. One of the more gorgeous wineries in Tuscany, it boasts a beautiful castle with two great restaurants, a wine tasting room and cellar tour.

2. Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Montes is among the most well-known Chilean wine producers, but it hasn't lost its eccentricity. "It's the only winery in the world I know where the wines are aged with Gregorian chants being played in the background," says Taber.

3. Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch is considered one of the most beautiful wine areas in the world, with a Mediterranean climate and scenery reminiscent of the Napa Valley, without the crowds. Winemaker Ken Forrester made several trips to France's Loire Valley before applying his expertise back home in South Africa.

4. Fournier, Mendoza, Argentina   Continued...

<p>Glasses of wine are displayed at the Vinitaly wine expo in Verona April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>