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Bordeaux has a lot to offer for tourism and wine tourism in particular; the city and its wine region gathers all the ingredients to make it an excellent destination. Bordeaux is magnetic for wine lovers, discover why.

Here is what makes Cape Town and the Cape Wineland's one of the best wine destinations:

Accommodation: La Residence Hotel

There is no better way to end off a tasting than with a leisure stroll through Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes vineyards on a 30-acre farm. La Residence, located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation in the Cape Winelands.

The Rioja region is a fantastic wine tourism destination.  We have it all - spectacular landscape, picturesque villages with their narrow cobblestoned streets and majestic churches, great wine and food, plenty of things do do when you're not eating and tasting wine in our wineries, and most of all, welcoming locals who go out of their way to make your experience memorable!

Lausanne : The perfect balance of a city and the countryside

Gentle hills, secluded valleys, excellent wines, warm people and historic places are just some of the features that draw guests to Germany’s largest wine-growing region.

Is a sommelier important in a restaurant? Explanation by the Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso, elected "Best Sommelier of the World 2013".

As a luxury wine hotel, The Yeatman, facing Porto, takes on the place of an embassy for the best national wines. The secret is well kept in its award-winning wine cellar, which has one of the most complete and diverse collections of Portuguese wines. Its wine selection offers the gastronomic component the perfect complement, where the sommelier appears as the secret weapon of this experience.

About twenty years ago I led a group of sommeliers from the USA on a tour of Rioja wineries and restaurants.  During our visit to one of the area’s top restaurants – sadly closed today  –  to show these sommeliers how wine and food pairings are decided here, I asked the head waiter, who was also the sommelier, how diners chose which wines to order with their meal. He replied, “Older locals always choose their favorite Rioja before ordering the meal.  Younger locals and visitors from other parts of Spain and those from abroad choose the food first and then ask for recommendations about pairings. The older locals will always choose a Rioja but the others are willing to experiment, even with wines from other parts of Spain.”

South Australia is indisputably Australia’s wine state, producing 50% of all bottled wine and 80% of premium wine. It makes sense then that some of Australia's best dining experiences are found in Adelaide, one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world. 

The importance that gastronomy and wine have gained today has led to reassess its service and management. They are key points that imply the professionalization and training of all the staff involved. Just as chefs create original dishes, beverages are the domain of sommeliers. They are in charge of proposing an attractive offer that enhances the menu and meets guests’ expectations. Sommeliers are also responsible for its management in optimal conditions, as well as for advising and serving guests for them to have an unforgettable and pleasant experience. The other side of their service is to generate income from sales and build customer loyalty through careful attention and advice.