Love wine? Build your next vacation around it! Wine regions have delicious food, beautiful views and amazing history.
Ready to let your palate guide you? Here are four wine destinations for adventure seekers.
1. Puy de Dôme, France
Puy de Dôme, in the Auvergne region of central France, boasts spectacular natural wonders, with over 80 volcanic craters, as well as mountains, valleys, volcanic lakes, plateaus and plains. Explore them on foot, bicycle and kayak, or take a dip in the region’s thermal springs.
Sometimes called France’s “lost wine region,” it’s only 100 miles from Burgundy and has a winegrowing history that began in the 6th century. Pinot Noir has been grown there since at least the 11th century, and the Pinot from these vineyards were once prized by the Popes in Avignon. The region still produces exceptional Pinot Noir thanks in part to the rich volcanic soils, warm days and cool nights. One selection from that area to try is The Seeker Pinot Noir ($13.99), which has aromas of sweet cherry fruit melded with earth and spice, balanced acidity and ripe fine tannins.
2. Mendoza, Argentina
An excellent destination for those who love variety, Mendoza is a bustling urban environment with a wealth of outdoor adventure opportunities just outside the city.
It is also one of the best places in the world to drink locally-produced Malbec. In 1852, an enterprising French agronomist brought Malbec to Argentina, where the higher temperatures and unique terroir of Mendoza finally allowed this varietal to shine. Try The Seeker Malbec ($13.99) made in the foothills of the Andes Mountains where the elevation and soil produce ripened fruit. Pair this fruity, spicy wine with the region’s superior wood-fire grilled beef and lamb.
3. Colchagua, Chile
All wine enthusiasts should put Chile’s Central Valley on their bucket lists, as the region is known for its fine red wines and traditional cuisine. Take a winery tour and enjoy the spectacular landscape while drinking some of the world’s best wines.
In particular, try The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.00). While this varietal is grown in many places around the world, you’ll probably find a purer form of it here, where the high-altitude and extreme temperature shifts between day and night result in grapes that don’t need to be blended with other varietals to round the wine out.
4. Central Coast, California
Take a quintessential road trip through the Central Coast of California, which has something for everyone: beautiful beaches, important historical sites, family-friendly attractions and world-class cuisine.
In particular, enjoy the region’s Chardonnay. California is uniquely suited to the grape because its warm days allow them to fully ripen; and its cool nights and foggy mornings prevent the grapes from becoming too ripe or getting heat damaged. For a balanced, complex and harmonious wine that pairs with smoked chicken salad, four cheese pizza and spicy foods, taste The Seeker Chardonnay ($13.99), sourced from prime growing areas in the region.
Can’t get away? Consider selecting one of the above culinary destinations to inspire your next dinner party. With the right bottle, you’re halfway there.