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... Many times I have taken this road and always had to stop several times because I just could not resist taking some pictures of the amazing landscape that Douro has to offer us in this small track. Along this couple of kilometers the road goes right up to the Douro River. So close that you can stop and just by walking some steps easily touch the water...

If there is one stretch of road worth driving more than any other  in the Cape Winelands I would have to say it is the windy mountain pass linking the historic oak lined university town of Stellenbosch and the fertile Banhoek valley leading into the French Huguenot  town of Franschhoek. Not only are the vistas absolutely extraordinary but the wine farms, attached like amulets on a chain, each have a unique story and are each a worthwhile destination boasting top wines, restaurants, delis, accommodation, art galleries and sculpture gardens...

This article, written by Mendoza-based journalist Amanda Barnes, participated in the 2015 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Real Companhia Velha is one of the oldest wine companies in Portugal – it was founded by Royal Charter of King D. José I of Portugal, on the 10th September 1756.

The company owns five estates in the Douro Valley, all of them different from each other!

I have always found that the option "wine bath" at the spa was going too far. One can drink wine, cook with wine, write about wine, dream about wine or make wine, but bathing in wine? It is excessive, and especially wasteful.

Except that ....

Thanks to hearty rejuvenation efforts that began in the mid 90s, Bordeaux has reclaimed her former glory and rose from obscurity back to its rightful place as one of Europe’s top destinations...

Rheinhessen, that wine region between Mainz and Alzey, is still a white spot on the map of many a wine drinker's landscape. It's a wide country of thousand hills, spottet with lots of small wineries, most of which you never heard of. The houses look forbidden from the outside, but inside you find many a surprise: Excellent Tappas, a colorful degustation and a theater in an old barn. Wine-discoveries in Rheinhessen – Mainz& was part of a trip.

Rioja has become the most famous vineyard in Spain... In 1991, the region obtained the most qualitative agricultural label of quality in Spain: the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa), which allowed it to gain an international reputation.

Just an hour and a half from Chile’s busy capital, Santiago, lies the rolling hillsides of fog-laden Casablanca and the disorderly yet charming city of Valparaiso. Both feel a world away from Santiago, proving that although Chile may be skinny, it is fat in diversity...

For all #winelovers who visit Chile and even more so if they live here, winery tours are a must.  More and more wineries offer wine tourism packages every day which allows one to find the ideal visit for each person’s particular interest. If what you’re looking for is to taste different wines with great character and quality, this is the place for you.

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