9 camino ways for wine lovers

Date Posted: 28/08/2014

Autumn - the harvest season - is a great time to embark on one of these wine adventures following the Camino de Santiago and the Via Francigena through some of Europe’s top wine regions.

1. La Rioja

As one of the most prestigious wine making regions in Spain, La Rioja is the most obvious choice for wine lovers.

Autumn is the time for all wine harvesting in Europe so September and October are great months to visit to experience the tradition and culture of the harvest season.

The Rioja region is located on the famous French way and its capital, Logroño, is home to a harvest festival at the end of September called the Fiesta de la Vendimia.

2. El Bierzo

Home to delicious Mencía red wines, El Bierzo is another fantastic destination for wine lovers on the French way.

Aside from its wine, you can explore the castle built by the Templars in the area’s capital, Ponferrada, to protect pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago route.

3. Porto

As the home of Port wine and the capital of the famous Douro region, which is known for producing high quality wines, Porto is a wine enthusiasts' paradise.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage listed city which makes it an ideal destination for experiencing Portuguese culture and architecture.

4. Albariño

The Rías Baixas area is on both the Portuguese way and the Portuguese coastal way and is home to fruity Albariño white wines.

The Portuguese version of this wine, Albarinho or Vinho Verde, is also produced south of the river Minho in northern Portugal.

The best time to visit this region is from mid-September when the harvest festival takes place in the town of O Rosal.

5. Champagne

With the area home to one world's most famous drinks, Champagne in northern France is a great destination to visit during harvest time.

The region is located on the path of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome, and hosts a 'cochelet' festival at the end of harvest time.

Massif de Saint Thierry, north of Reims, also hosts a traditional harvest festival at the end of October which is well worth a visit.

6. Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of the most well-known names on this list and is the largest wine growing region in France.

Although the area celebrates its wine festival ahead of the harvest season in June, autumn is still a great time to visit as walkers are able to witness the harvest and attend 'open house' events in the region's wineries.

7. Burgundy and Beaujolais

This route is one of the most traditional Camino de Santiago routes in France. The path crosses through world famous wine producing regions including Burgundy, an area renowned for its red wine made from pinot noir grapes.

Another delicious local wine to the area is Beaujolais which is a definite 'must-try' for any old world wine fan.

8. Chianti

Chianti in Tuscany and Val d’Orcia on the Via Francigena is one of the best and most well-known Italian wine-producing regions, with a number of delicious wines coming from the area.

Val d'Orcia is another fantastic wine region on the Via Francigena which has also been named also a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its beautiful landscape and charming villages.

9. Terraced vineyards of Lake Geneva

This section of the Via Francigena takes walkers along the scenic Lake Geneva.

Following this, they will be able to admire the terraced of vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO listed heritage site, and experience the beauty of the lakeside towns of Vevey and Montreaux.

Those who walk this route at the end of September will also be able to experience a fantastic three day wine festival in the town of Lutry where they can visit wine vaults and cellars.

For more information visit www.caminoways.com.

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