3 Great Food and Wine Destinations

There are some people for whom the perfect trip is one where they can get back to nature and escape from the conveniences of modern life. They love to experience a way of living that so many of us never get to have in the modern world. However, that’s certainly not for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a vacation that offers you a little more luxury. And what could be more luxurious than taking a vacation built around all of the delicious food you can eat and all the amazing wine you can drink? With that in mind, here are some of the best food and wine vacation destinations in the world.


Let’s face it, in the new world of winemaking, there are few places that can hold a candle to California. So many great winemakers gave up the French way of doing things to embrace a new way of life in California for a reason. Solvang might not be the first place you think of when it comes to a vacation, but there are so many amazing places there that you really should give it a chance. With gorgeous restaurants like the First and Oak, you’re never going to be stuck for somewhere wonderful to eat. Not only that but being smack in the middle of Santa Barbara Wine Country means that you can treat yourself to some of the best wines the new world has to offer.


Of course, if you’re looking for something just a little more traditional, Bordeaux could well be the best possible option for you. After all, where better for a wine vacation than the home of many of the world’s greatest wine houses and vintages? Not only that but you’ll likely be treated to the delights of many of the chateaux that go well beyond the wines themselves.


Few places ooze the beauty and culture that you would want from this kind of vacation like Tuscany. Whether you want to sit outside a cute little bar and take in the facades, or perhaps find a quiet corner for a beautiful romantic dinner for two, there are few places better for a couple’s retreat that this incredibly Italian city. And, of course, it goes without saying that the food and wine are some of the very best in the world.

Now, you might be thinking that vacations like this are almost certainly going to be incredibly expensive and the truth is that that is a possibility. However, it doesn’t have to be the case. In reality, there are a lot of things that you can do in order to take this kind of vacation on a budget. It’s just a matter of being smart when it comes to how you plan it. Everything from the time of year, to the destination, to the kind of accommodation you stay in can have an impact on the price. Make a list of the things you want and the things you can’t do without and then do your best to compromise in other ways.

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7 Comments on “3 Great Food and Wine Destinations”

  1. Totally on Solvang and the Santa Ynez area (like Los Olivos), but don’t forget Georgia (the country) and Tokaj in Hungary (where those gorgeous Tokaji wines come from)!

  2. La Rioja Region in Spain has great wines as well. As you stated, with proper budgeting we can travel any where. We did a 15-day independent trip to Spain, rented a car, drove 3000-miles, stayed in 7 different cities, did wine tours, visited landmarks and museums, great restaurants, and in some instances just parked the car in one of the many underground garages and walked – all for less than $3,000 for both. It was a great trip. The best part was that the wine was very inexpensive.

  3. Hello Haley. Thanks a lot for liking my post. While I was checking out a few of yours, I felt the need to add two suggestions to this list. These are two whole countries, rather than regions. While everyone rants and raves about Italian and French wine, and the cool kids are into wines from California and Argentina, nobody talks about these two countries:

    1/ Moldova. Yes. Seriously. Moldova. I lived there for three years, and wine is what Moldova is all about. The quality is not always high, but if you like wine, you CANNOT not visit Moldova. Wine is everywhere there! They have grape varieties that you won’t find in other places, the world’s two biggest wine cellars, and a tradition of making wine at home like you won’t believe. It is also very friendly on the pocket of tourists.

    2/ Georgia. Another country that I have lived in (Albeit only for three months). It is an important wine country because it is the birthplace of wine! So they say anyway. Apparently, long before the Romans, the Georgians and their nearby neighbours in Iraq were at it. Today the country has some really great wine traditions and some lovely varieties which are really popular (Saperavi, Rkatsiteli) but not well known
    outside of the former USSR states. In Georgia the Khaketi wine region is the most famous,

    Sorry for such a long comment, but I definitely recommend these two countries for any wine enthusiasts.

    1. Thank you so much for your informative comment! I am sure many will find this helpful! 🙂 I will most definitely keep these places in mind while traveling.

  4. These are two whole countries, rather than regions. While everyone rants and raves about Italian and French wine, and the cool kids are into wines from California and Argentina, nobody talks about these two countries

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