WINE EXPERT & CEO OF THE EXPERIENCE COMPANY, JULIEN YUNG MAMEAUX TAKES US TO SELECTED 7 WONDERS OF THE WINE WORLD PART OF THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE.
DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL
This may well be your surprise destination on a trip to Spain and Portugal such as described here. At the Western edge of Europe lies the breathtaking scenery of Douro Valley, just by Portugal’s second largest city. Mountains of granite sculpted in terraces by men have been hosting black grape vines for 2,000 years. A boat cruise on the river will take you to quintas (estates) where authentic port wine is made. Seize the chance to collect the praised 2011 vintage of Romaneira LBV or a 40-year old Tawny.
At the heart of Europe and by the border of Austria lies Hungary, its pretty capital city Budapest, and not far from it, the authentic, historical vineyards of Tokaj. At the foothills of mountains and confluence of two rivers, the tokaj wine region testifies of a millennial and still living tradition (more on etiquette this way) of growing and making of famous Tokaji Aszú wines. A trip there takes the traveler back to ancient times and networks of deep wine cellars where the sweet elixir of tsars was kept. Indulge with Oremus Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2002.
CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Halfway between Florence and Milan (click for more), this remote set of five villages (cinque terre literally meaning “five lands”) constitutes an exceptional scenery where human and nature have been living in harmony since the Middle Ages. Each village sits by the sea on the Liguria Coast with stunning hills in the background, and indigenous grape vines (Bosco, Albarola, Vermentino) planted on the steep slopes. The delicate, dry white wines, for example of Bisson 2011, are an excellent match for the local seafood.
A spectacular hop from Geneva and Lausanne (expanding your horizons, as suggested here), the Lavaux vineyard terraces are a paradise for sightseeing, taste and lifestyle, on top of fine chocolate and luxury watches. Since the 11th century, this sacred 30 km stretch of hills facing the gorgeous Lake of Geneva constitutes a stunning landscape with a lot of heritage. Monks used to make the wine before princes took over the lands and facilities. Try Ponnaz & Fils Calamin Grand Cru 2013 or Luc Massy Dezalay Chemin de Fer Grand Cru 2011.
RHINE VALLEY, GERMANY
Near Frankfurt and Koblenz, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a 65 km stretch with castles, historic towns and vineyards, is part of the UNESCO list (click here for UNESCO tours). The dramatic aspect of the area and refinement of its wines has exerted powerful influence on 19th century poets such as Clemens Brentano (author of “Lorelei”) or music and opera composer Richard Wagner (‘The Ride of the Valkyries”). It’s your turn to get inspired, with Eva Fricke Lorcher Riesling QBA 2013.
Little needs to be said about the most famous Right Bank area of Bordeaux (more on this here), except perhaps for its unique location on the religious pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostelle and that its 12th century designation as “jurisdiction” meant that the area would be entirely dedicated to wine growing. A mecca for wine lovers and travelers alike, it can be appreciated with one of the best red wine vintages of the 1990s: Chateau Bellefont-Belcier 1998 or the iconic Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998.
WACHAU VALLEY, AUSTRIA
Last but not least magical holiday destination of this list, the Austrian valley by the gorgeous and lyrical Danube river is host to rich architecture (monasteries, castles, ruins), urban design, (towns and villages), and a plethora of terraced vineyards of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner mostly. Culture can be felt in the white Pradikat Loiser Berg Auslese DAC 2004 or the red Dechant Blauburgunder 2008.
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