The wine industry has played a fundamental role in unifying different destinations around the world. With a long history and tradition, this product, produced in various regions worldwide, is capable of connecting with the culture and history of its own origin.
It is increasingly common to find travelers visiting countries with the purpose of learning more about a winery of interest and the culture that surrounds it. This has given rise to a new type of tourism known as “wine tourism”, which has become the main focus of tourism agencies that offer various types of wine tours on different continents.
The rise of wine tourism in different regions
The American market is the main consumer of wine in the world, which makes this country a motivation for many travelers. The state of California is one of the favorite places for wine travelers, especially due to the importance of its most prominent valleys, such as Napa and Sonoma, located North of San Francisco.
These cities surround you in a route of almost 200 vineyards, where tourists can enjoy wine tastings and local gastronomy. Each year, more than eight million people visit California motivated by this attractive landscape.
As for South America, the three most prominent countries in wine production are Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Today, we can find products from these nations on most shelves around the world.
These destinations are also the top picks for wine travelers looking to taste New World wines. On many occasions, when visiting Chile, one of the main attractions is knowing the Casablanca Valley, the Maipo Valley and the Colchagua Valley. Here you can find the main and most successful Chilean wineries. Another place that is gaining popularity is the Maule Valley.
The interesting thing about getting to know Chile is the combination of wine tourism with other world-famous destinations, such as Torres del Paine or the Atacama Desert. On many occasions, tourists have the opportunity to cross the mountain range and visit another famous wine valley, such as the Mendoza Valley in Argentina, with great wineries and a city that conquers its visitors.
70% of Argentine wine production is concentrated in the surroundings of Mendoza, a province that also invites you to visit its fantastic Cacheuta Hot Springs, located 160 km from the city. Truly an unforgettable experience!