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There are key elements to take into account for the development of a wine tourism destination to its full potential. Here we will list the fundamental requirements and we will tell you why Mendoza is one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world and a destination you cannot miss!

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.

The basics for any place that wants to be known as a wine destination is, for sure, producing high quality wines. But is that all there is to it? Not even close.

Wine tourism is an ever-growing travel trend and its concept has been widened and developed over the years. If in the past it all came down to visiting a winery and tasting its wines, today it means much more than that.

Visitors may choose their destination driven by the desire of visiting a particular wine producing region or winery(ies), or end up visiting it while travelling for other reasons. Either way, they surely long for a unique and memorable experience.

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.”

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