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Mendoza is almost synonymous with its harvest festival, one of the biggest in the world. Some 700,000 revellers make it into Mendoza for the Fiesta de Vendimia which builds up over the summer months with the grand finale the first weekend of March.

Home to great events and even better wines, Adelaide, South Australia boasts some of Australia's most iconic food and wine festivals. With different events touring through the regions, there's something to tantalize everyone's palate.

 

Saint Emilion is a hot spot for wine tourism; this beautifully preserved medieval village receives over one million visitors every year.

A weekend filled with surprises and generosity thrilled guests and prompted bidders to contribute more than $13.6 million to the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) 38th annual Auction Napa Valley charity wine event. Proceeds from Auction Napa Valley benefit community health and children’s education nonprofits serving more than 100,000 clients in Napa County.

There is no lack of excellent restaurants in Mendoza’s wineries - they offer, without a doubt, some of the best dining options in the country. Wine-paired menus with views over the vineyard are hard to beat, and the good news is there are dozens to choose from. Here are some of the most exciting menus on offer in Mendoza today:

 

Spain’s Rioja region offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy great food and wine.  Many wineries themselves have restaurants in-house, from the Michelin-starred Marqués de Riscal restaurant and the 1860 Tradición, both inside Marqués de Riscal’s City of Wine, to cozy spaces serving traditional Riojan and Basque fare.

Several wineries stand out however, for offering guests unique, unforgettable experiences that take them outside the winery to the vineyards, exciting not only the taste buds but the other senses as well.  Bodegas Valdelana and Bodegas Ontañón have created two of the most interesting adventures.

Puerto Claro is not only a place where you will enjoy a wonderful culinary experience, but also a place where you can enjoy delicious wines and cocktails at a reasonable price.

From the century-old brasserie to the award-winning restaurant, with international cuisine and trendy eateries in between, the city of Lausanne has something for every palate and every purse. A general survey of these culinary delights in one of the most compact gastronomic regions on the continent.

Bordeaux wines are food wines, showing to their best advantage with food that softens their tannins and flatters their aromas. Lucky then that the food and restaurant scene in Bordeaux is thriving with new chefs and well established ones opening new restaurants or taking over famous names. This trend has now been confirmed by a slew of stars in the 2018 Michelin star awards.

If you are in the Douro region, everyone will talk about the great Douro wines (which they are!) and the wine tasting tours in wonderful vineyards (which is obviously a must-do!). But even if you are visiting Douro for the wine and the landscapes, there is one thing you need to know about Douro: Its food is as good as its wine and Douro is home to some of the best restaurants in Portugal.

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