10 Melhores destinos de viagem do Vinho 2013

10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013
From classic regions to lesser-known corners, we selected this year’s best in wine, food and cultural adventure. For those who like Regions wineries and of course to enjoy this wonderful drink Bacus.

10. Puglia, Italy
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Flanked by two seas, magical Puglia is a thin peninsula packed tight with the same attributes that attracted us to Italy decades ago: It’s an undiscovered land with an enviable quality of life. The octagonal Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle, inspires architects today, and the historic city of Lecce offers the purest expression of Moorish-Italian Baroque. Weathered stone and whitewashed buildings pop against green olive groves. Trulli are the mysterious cone houses in the Itria Valley, and all of Puglia’s stunning beauty is surrounded by some of the bluest waters in Europe.
Prominent Wines
Puglia excels at warm-climate wines made with indigenous grapes. Castel del Monte delivers red wines from Uva di Troia, Bombino Nero and Aglianico. Interesting work is being done with crisp Bombino Bianco white wines and sweet Moscato di Trani. Further south, the Primitivo grape (Primitivo di Manduria) is famously linked genetically to Zinfandel. Local wines show ripe berry nuances, inky concentration and soft tannins. Salice Salentino is planted to Negroamaro (sometimes blended with Malvasia Nera) for hearty reds. The past five years have a remarkable rise of crisp white wines from Greco, Fiano, Malvasia and Chardonnay.

9. Douro Valley, Portugal
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You will fall in love with the Douro. Northern Portugal’s claim as the most beautiful wine region in the world is supported by the grandeur of its landscape and wines. Hewn from schist mountainsides like unpolished granite, the steep-terraced vineyards rise above the majestic Douro River’s ribbon of water far below. For centuries, its remoteness—the journey on twisting, cobbled roads—made it hard to reach. Today, it’s easy. Even so, this is a place where neighborhood dogs sleep in the village streets and the annual cycle of the vines seems timeless. Sit on a terrace in the evening, a glass of white Port and tonic in hand, and listen to the distant, mournful hoot of the evening river train. The land is calm, and calming.
Prominent wines
Famed for its Port wines, the Douro also offers redoubtable red table wines. Rich and powerful, they vie with the wine world’s top selections. Still, no one goes to the Douro without tasting Port. Naturally, every option is here, straight from the quinta—a Port lover’s heaven. Try the late-bottled vintages (LBVs), vintages, the tawny variations (golden-brown from aging in wood for 10–40 years) and the rare vintage-dated colheitas—there’s no experience that can compare to tasting a Port older than you are. All the Port and table wines are products of some of Portugal’s finest native grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca are among the best.

8. Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

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Australia’s Hunter Valley is perfectly situated for wine tourism, just a couple of hours by road from Sydney, the country’s largest city. Various companies run tour buses to the region direct from downtown, and chauffeured limo services are readily available. As a result, many visitors come to the Hunter just for the day. But to really explore the Hunter, it’s best to get up into it and stay overnight, or longer. As one of Australia’s traditional grape-growing regions, there’s plenty of history to discover, alongside vast open spaces and some terrific wines made in styles found nowhere else on the planet.
Prominent Wines
The Hunter Valley is home to two distinctive wine styles, unduplicated elsewhere. As the region is warm and prone to late-season rains, growers historically harvested their grapes early. Semillon (ditch the French accent and pronounce it SEM-a-lon), is typically under 12% abv. With its high acidity and greenish tinge, it’s fine young when served with raw shellfish, but aged examples develop golden hues and honeyed, toasty richness. Hunter Valley Shiraz is also traditionally moderate in alcohol, emphasizing aromas and flavors of leather and spice rather than jammy fruit. Chardonnay does well in the Upper Hunter Valley, where it develops warm, tropical flavors.


7. Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
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The Willamette Valley is a big place, and it’s stuffed with friendly wineries, gorgeous scenery, toy towns and a dazzling array of outdoor activities. Visitors should plan to explore the countryside, not just the main towns. That means lots of driving on twisty, two-lane roads, so try to focus each day’s excursions on a confined area. Headquarter in Newberg or Dundee for quick access to the American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge, where many of the region’s finest boutique wineries reside. Carlton is a sweet little town with good restaurants and tasting rooms. It’s best to call ahead for an appointment at small tasting rooms.
Prominent Wines
Consider Willamette Valley your Burgundy of the states, producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The weather is relatively mild throughout the year, with cool, wet winters, dry, warm summers and coastal marine influences. The resulting Pinot Noirs are elegant and structured, with a striking balance between ripe fruit and earth. For wine lovers looking beyond the classics, the valley also cultivates outstanding Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Viognier for still wines, as well as sparkling wines made from traditional Champagne varieties.


6. Vale dos Vinhedos, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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Forget about the sandy beaches and bikini-clad beauties of Rio de Janeiro, and instead picture the rolling hills of Italy’s Piedmont region. In the late 1800s, southern Brazil experienced a mass influx of Italian immigrants, primarily from northern Italy. The largest and most important wine region in the country, Serra Gaúcha and its Denominación de Origen, Vale dos Vinhedos, now account for almost 90% of Brazil’s fine wine production. These green hills, dotted with wineries, hotels and restaurants, attract approximately 150,000 visitors per year. Italian cuisine is prominent, and many aged residents speak an almost-lost Venetian dialect interspersed with Portuguese.
Prominent Wines
Red wines are made using Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Ancellotta, Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional and Teroldego. White grapes include Riesling, Chardonnay, Muscat, Malvasia and Glera (formerly known as Prosecco). Sparkling wines are produced in dry and sweet styles, and are among Brazil’s more sought-after sips.


5. Monterey County, California, USA
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Monterey County is one of California’s premier wine-producing regions, but it also has long been a destination for travelers. It has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea. In short, Monterey has diverse draws for wine-oriented visitors. Glamorous resorts dot the county, featuring world-class cuisine, stellar local wines and full spas that pamper with style. The city of Monterey is only about 100 or so miles from downtown San Francisco, making it an easy detour for a multiday trek.
Prominent Wines
Monterey has a relatively cool climate, so its signature varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Dependable producers include the Testarossa Winery, Pessagno Winery, Roar, Morgan, Pisoni and Talbott Vineyards. Cool-climate Syrah abounds, too, from the likes of Novy Family Wines and Wrath. While most of the county is too cool for Cabernet, the warm Carmel Valley, sheltered by the Santa Lucia Mountains, features elegant, earthy Cabernets from Bernardus Winery and Galante Vineyards. A particularly successful small region is Arroyo Seco, nestled on the west side of the sprawling Salinas Valley. It’s known for crisp, inexpensive red and white varieties. Insider tip: Wines with a Monterey or Monterey County appellation can be extremely good values, so if you’re in the market, be sure to scoop up a few cases.


4. Stellenbosch, South Africa
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The town of Stellenbosch, situated on the banks of the Eerste (First) River, was founded in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, and named after him. This university town, its historic streets lined with European oak trees and heritage buildings, is surrounded by majestic mountains, giving the impression of a giant amphitheater. Vines—part of the scenery since the 17th century—are planted across the undulating valley, on mountainsides and close to the sea. Although Stellenbosch boasts the largest number of wineries of any of the Cape’s regions, all are accessible within a day’s drive. The region offers something for everyone, whether your interest is in the arts, culture, food, wine, hiking or surfing.
Prominent Wines
Among red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. From the warm inland slopes of the Simonsberg, the wines are muscular and rich; grapes grown closer to the sea make for fresh, tight wines. Cabernet also features in top Bordeaux-style blends. But the area’s varied soils, aspects and altitudes allow for much more: vibrant Sauvig-non Blanc, rich Chardonnay, elegant white blends and full-bodied Shiraz, plus a stylistic rainbow of Chenin Blanc and the country’s signature Pinot Noir-Cinsault cross, Pinotage. All are book-ended by Cap Classique (South Africa’s rendition of sparkling wine) and botrytized dessert styles.


3. North & South Forks of Long Island, New York, USA
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Fringed by sandy beaches and bustling fishing villages, rolling farmland and forest sanctuaries, Long Island wine country is unlike any region in America. The North and South Forks of the island, collectively known as the East End, extend into the Atlantic Ocean like a two-tined fork, with picturesque Shelter Island wedged between the spears. Just a two-hour drive from Manhattan, it’s a unique amalgam of metropolitan influences against a core of hearty, agricultural tradition. Family-owned farms, artisanal food producers and small-production winemakers mingle amongst tony Hamptonites, sharing the wealth of the region’s land, sea and vines.
Prominent Wines
Encouraged by similarities in maritime climate and northerly latitude with Bordeaux, Long Island used to be predominantly Merlot country. Indeed, there is an abundance of well-crafted Merlot here. In recent years, Cabernet Franc has shown great promise, delivering aromatic wines with brambly red-cherry and violet notes. A number of standout Chardonnays shows balance and complexity, as does a handful of high-quality Sauvignon Blancs and traditional method sparkling wines. There’s even a Chenin Blanc of note.


2. Danube, Austria
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Stretching from the imposing Monastery of Melk to the city limits of Vienna, the prime winegrowing areas of Wachau, Kremstal, Traisental, Kamptal and Wagram are strung like pearls along the blue Danube River. The river winds through a stunning landscape that varies from steep, terraced vineyards to rolling hills and forests that are marked by historic cloisters and majestic castles. The region’s rich art, wine and culinary traditions are not a thing of the past, but continue to evolve and be lived today. These treasures can be explored by car, train, boat, bicycle or foot.
Prominent Wines
The Danube wine regions produce some of the world’s tastiest and sought-after white wines. Austria’s most famous grape, the peppery Grüner Veltliner, is the most prolific variety. Generally, crisp, delineated and mineral-driven Grüner Veltliner are grown in soils made from primary rock, while the exotic, full-bodied versions come from the warm and sandier loess soils. The Danube is also renowned for classy, muscular Rieslings that exude fragrances of apricot and peach. And you will be remiss if you don’t seek out a bottle of the delicate, floral Roter Veltliner. It won’t be easy to find, but well worth the hunt. Several juicy, must-try cool-climate reds, including Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch, are produced in small quantities and are so popular among the locals that they are often hard to find outside the country.


1. Rioja, Spain
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Among Spanish wine regions, Rioja ranks as the granddaddy of them all. Located in northeast Spain along the Ebro River, protected to the north by the Cantabrian Mountains and anchored by the city of Logroño, Rioja boasts centuries of winemaking history. It entered the modern commercial era in the 19th century, when French wine-makers, looking to escape the spreading phylloxera plague, crossed the Pyrénées and settled in Rioja. Today, Rioja offers an elite mix of Iberian history, stunning scenery, proprietary cuisine, brilliant wines and a unique meshing of old and new. Welcome to Spain’s greatest and best wine region.
Prominent Wines
With more than 600 wineries spread across the subzones of Rioja Alta, Alavesa and Baja, variety is a regional theme. Quality and prices start at simple and cheap and expand to outstanding and expensive. The main grape in the region is Tempranillo, but Rioja’s vineyards also grow Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan), among red grapes. The principal white grapes of Rioja are Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia.

Source: winemag.com

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