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13 Of The Best Wine Regions You Probably Know Nothing About

on 07/10/13 at 9:05 am


imagesEver been quietly sipping at a large, vine-fringed winery when a plague of tipsy tour busers bursts in and takes over the tasting room? It’s a routine occurrence in many popular wine regions.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The simple pleasures of rustic, lesser-known wineries tucked into bucolic valleys – where leisurely sipping often blends with impromptu winemaker chats – is within the grasp of most travelling oenophiles – so long as you know where to go.

Diana Isac, Britain-based co-founder of online wine tourism platform Winerist  has discovered many hidden gems over the years – and her website is crammed with handy profiles of regions large and small.

“One of my favourites at the moment is Tokaj in Hungary for its unexpectedly good wine and great local gourmet food,” she says. The region is an easy hop from Budapest and produces celebrated dry whites alongside its traditional dessert wines.

Many of Isac’s favourite regions have been slaking locals’ thirst for years, but have only recently started attracting serious overseas tipplers. Wineries on the Greek island of Santorini is becoming increasingly popular – especially for its dramatic clifftop townscapes – while further north is a rising star that should not be missed.

FULL STORY via The Globe and Mail