Great adventures for new world wine lovers

Date Posted: 11/02/2014

We take a look at some of the world’s great wine adventures, from Long Island in the States to Yarra Valley in the land down under or you can even cross the US border to taste Vino Mexico in the Valle de Guadalupe.

Picnic in Healdsburg, California

Situated in Healdsburg, California, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, Jimtown Store, a country store and café, serves up salads, sandwiches and soups all made from scratch.  Stop in here and pick up a bite before heading next door to family-run Hawkes Vineyards and Winery.

The small tasting room is unassuming even though it sits on some of the most beautiful property in Alexander Valley. You can taste many wines or ask one of the knowledgeable staff to find the perfect pair for your meal.  

Grab your wine and food and head out to their vineyard where you can enjoy your picnic and wine, while taking in the view. 

Vino Mexico, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Let’s be honest, when people think of wine regions, Mexico is probably not at the top of the list. But over the last 20 years, the quality of wine from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California has caught the eye of many.  

Now complete with its very own wine route, the Guadalupe Valley offers a south of the border experience allowing visitors to the area to choose from over 50 wineries, a dozen small hotels and B&Bs, and even fine dining.

Wine and Chess, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Washington

Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley, more commonly known as Quincy Basin, became an official American Viticultural Area in the state of Washington in 2012.

With only six wineries and commercial vineyards in the area, this is a fantastic region to visit for those looking to avoid the crowds, for now.  

White Heron Cellars located above the Columbia River offers a good selection of wines as well as various outdoor activities.  

After grabbing a glass of your favourite wine from the tasting room, head outside to the oversized chessboard or partake in a game of petanque, the French version of bocce.

Keeping it fresh, Long Island, New York

The youngest and fastest growing region in New York, Long Island Wine Region is quickly becoming known as one of the most diverse in America. With just 17 acres planted 30 years ago, the area now boasts more than 3,000 and produces both red and white varieties.

Cycling in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s first wine growing region and today is recognised as one of Australia’s top cool climate producers.  

For wine lovers looking to enjoy not only great tasting wine, but really take in the scenery, Yarra Valley offers some great terrain for cyclists of all levels.

One of the most popular routes is to start at the northern end of Lilydale and wind your way through to Warburton. With a mostly fine gravel surface taking you through open forest, farmland and hills, there are plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants and wineries to experience along the trail.

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