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    Wine areas to visit in 2013

    Crisp white wines from wine fields that run down the meandering hills, where you can relax and sip a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

    Here are the ultimate destinations that we believe wine-lovers should travel to in 2013.

    Rioja, Spain
    This area has a sublime mix of Iberian history, beautiful landscapes, countryside cuisine, great wines and a unique meeting between old and new. Quality and prices start from the simple and cheap wines and to the fabulous and expensive. The region’s main grape is Tempranillo, but wineries also grow red grapes such as Garnacha, Graciano and mazuelo (Carignan) and white grapes like Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia.

    Danube, Austria
    The region’s treasures include art, wines and culinary traditions, steep vineyards, mountains and forests around the historical monasteries and majestic castles. Austria’s most famous grape, the peppery Grüner Veltliner is the most lush variant. Danube is also known for classic Riesling wines that includes flavours of apricot and peach notes. More juicy red wines as Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch are produced in small numbers and are both very popular among the locals.

    North & South Forks of Long Island, New York, USA
    Sandy beaches, vibrant fishing villages, busy markets and silent woods. Located only two hours from Manhattan, New York, this wine area is filled with family-owned farms, local commodity specialties and small wine producers. Long Island was traditionally a Merlot area, however, a Cabernet Franc has in recent years shown to have great potential with aromatic wines. A few Chardonnay wines have also proven to have both balance and complexity.

    Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Historic streets in the town of Stellenbosch, majestic mountains, wines from the 17th century and close to the sea. This is a short but fitting description of South Africa’s most famous wine area, which is also known for its art, culture, good hiking and surfing. The different Cabernet Sauvignon wines are famous, while the wines are muscular and rich because the grapes grows close to the sea. One should also try a lively Sauvignon Blanc, the rich Chardonnay, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and its signature wine of the area, Pinotage.

    Monterey County, California, USA
    Beautiful nature, galleries, bistros, luxury resorts and spa, and world class wine.
    The area’s signature wines include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but you will also be able to find Syrah and elegant Cabernet wines.

    Douro Valley, Portugal
    Magnificent landscape and wines from vineyards on steep slopes. Although the area is known for its port wines, there are also several good rich and powerful red wines that will suit a dinner well.

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