The most popular wine regions in the world are in Europe, including the birthplace of Bordeaux and Champagne. However, there are New World wine-tasting regions that have ascended to leading positions as the most visited destinations, such as Napa Valley. The following list describes the top five wine-tasting regions by the volume of tourists across the globe.
1. Tuscany, Italy
Of all the wine regions in Europe and the world, Tuscany, Italy, receives the most tourists. The vineyards in Tuscany that produce Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and rich and smooth Chianti provide some of the best red wines in the world. In 2021, more than 31 million people visited the region as tourists, most of which experienced wine tourism.
2. Provence, France
Provence, a region in southeast France bordering Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, is well renowned for its varied landscapes, which include the Southern Alps, Camargue plains, rolling vineyards, olive orchards, pine woods, and lavender farms. The Côte d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is to the south, and it is here that the opulent city of Nice and glitzy resort cities like Saint-Tropez and Cannes can be found. The vines in the Provence wine region are stunning, and the red and rose wines are delicious. The beautiful south of France offers visitors tours of vineyards with wine tastings and facilities packed. It is among the top-visited wine-tasting destinations in the world.
3. Napa Valley, California
The most renowned wine region in the United States is Napa Valley, California. The Napa Valley vineyards in California offer top-notch wine tastings, excursions, events, and a lovely retreat. Napa Valley typically receives 3.85 million visitors a year, with 80.8% of them coming from within the nation and 19.2% coming from abroad. According to Gallagher, who cited statistics from the San Francisco-based Destination Analysts, of those visitors, 64.5% arrive for the day and 35.5% remain overnight. But she pointed out that overnight guests spend the most, accounting for over 70% of Napa’s economic output.
4. Bordeaux, France
Did you know that over 4 million people visited Bordeaux in 2021?
The world-famous Bordeaux red wines, made with merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, are produced in Bordeaux, France. The scenic area is home to the biggest fine-wine vineyards in the world as well as chateaux and hillside vineyards. This is among the most visited wine-tasting destinations in the world.
5. Alsace, France
The Alsace wine region in northeastern France is home to stunning steep vineyards that run beside the Rhine River. There are 51 vineyards spread out over the two sub-regions of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin, each having its own recognized Grand Cru appellation. The noble, aromatic grape varietals that grow in these regions, which are extremely diverse, produce flowery and peachy white wines. Grand Cru wines from Alsace typically have higher minimum alcohol content requirements, necessitating the use of considerably riper grapes. The ideal locations in Alsace are therefore on the low, south- and southeast-facing hills where they receive the greatest sunlight. This makes it among the most famous wine-tasting destinations in the world.
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2. CHERYL SARFATY, ‘Napa Valley tourism seeing a rebound from the pandemic,’ The North Bay Business Journal, August 16, 2021, https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/article/article/napa-valley-tourism-seeing-rebound-from-pandemic/#:~:text=In%20normal%20times%2C%20Napa%20Valley,19.2%25%20from%20around%20the%20globe.