World's Most Picturesque Vineyards

01.23.17  \\\  Posted by Holly Ihrig  \\\  Wine 101

Wine making is a true art form that is practiced all over the world. The vineyards that produce the best wines also provide some of the most breathtaking landscapes around the globe. The picturesque sights of the vineyards in the Old World of Europe, such as Italy and France,as well as in the New World of Canada, United States, Argentina, and Australia will captivate nature lovers.

If you’re looking for great wine and beautiful scenery, set your sights on some of these remarkably beautiful vineyards around the world.

1. Los Alamos Vineyards, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Hidden off Route 101 in the Santa Barbara wine country of California, the Los Alamos enclave is a small town rife with big flavor. What used to be an old stagecoach stop with a single main road along the fringes of the Santa Ynez Valley is now a town teeming with wine-country visitors.

Los Alamos is located between the cooler Santa Maria Valley appellation in the north and the warmer Santa Ynez Valley appellation in the south. Los Alamos combines the best characteristics of the two appellations. Chardonnay grapes are grown on the slopes of the Solomon Hills where the wind and shallower soils keep the grape yield low but with concentration and richness. Pinot Noir red wine grapes are also harvested down the slopes of the Solomon Hills.

2. St. Emilion Vineyards, France

This town east of Bordeaux is a charming medieval village that is on the must-visit list of the most sophisticated wine lovers and food connoisseurs in the southwestern part of France. The small town features the Maison du Vin, a visitor’s center and history museum that offers the best selection of the finest vintages the region offers.

St. Emilion is a jewel of a town with a breathtaking view of a church on a cliff and stately buildings constructed of golden stone and old ramparts. Sloping vineyards occupy all sides of the town while thousands of tourists meet in the middle to enjoy the red wine and the famous macaroons that bear the town’s name. The medieval streets are lined with craft shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and the ubiquitous wine stores.

3. Lavaux Vineyards, Switzerland

Lavaux covers 800 hectares of the largest contiguous vineyard region in Switzerland. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces stretch for 30 kilometers along the shores of Lake Geneva and face southward from Chateau de Chillon to Lausanne of the Vaud region. The vineyards cover the lower sides of the mountain between the lakes and the villages. It is a UNESCO Heritage Center since 2007.

Travel to these spectacular, breathtaking vineyards and you’ll have a dilemma on your hands: Will you enjoy the scenery or the wine more? Now there’s a catch that most people would love to grapple with.