When it comes to amazing wine, of course, Europe immediately comes to mind! And while many wine lovers head to the idyllic countryside of Europe to sip wines from places like Bordeaux, La Rioja or Piedmont, we mean slightly different, more yacht-friendly regions ... So we invite you to discover our list the best [...]
When it comes to amazing wine, of course, Europe immediately comes to mind! And while many wine lovers head to the idyllic countryside of Europe to sip wines from places like Bordeaux, La Rioja or Piedmont, we mean slightly different, more yacht-friendly regions ...
Therefore, we invite you to discover our list of the best wine regions in Europethat you can visit on a yacht, and get untold pleasure and inspiration for your further cruises!
1. Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
South Dalmatia is one of our favorite destinations for island crossings in Europe and a great place to sample some of the best Croatian wines.
In addition to their award-winning fantastic wines, Dalmatian islands offer a host of breathtaking beaches, secluded coves and nature reserves to cool off after a tour of the sun-drenched vineyards. On the islands, you can also get acquainted with charming cities and historical sights. Taste great seafood and visit some of the best Mediterranean clubs that make South Dalmatia one of the most dynamic wine regions in Europe. And all this is available for those who travel by yacht.
2. Balearic Islands, Spain
Some come to Mallorca for the beaches, others for the wine.
Known for their beaches, lively parties, music festivals and rich culture, Balearic Islands also provide the opportunity to experience some incredible wines, many of which can only be tasted on the islands. For example, Majorca boasts over 1200 acres of vineyards. Indeed, over the past decade, winemaking has risen to a new level here, starting to produce a truly high-quality product. Many vineyards are concentrated in the center of the island, but it is definitely worth taking a cruise along the coast. We suggest you start with Bodegues bordoy, in the south of Mallorca. Or continue your holiday exploring the rest of the Balearic Islands and their many magnificent vineyards.
3. Crete, Greece
It is difficult to beat such views.
In its history, richness of culture and variety of wines, this island has no equal. Crete is the largest island in Greece, the birthplace of the first European civilization, as well as the oldest wine-growing region, actively used by the entire European continent. The fine wines of Crete are best enjoyed while dining with traditional Greek cuisine amid the beauty of the island. Order a glass of one of the incredible local varieties including Vilana or Kotsifali, during his next sea voyage in Greece.
4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
And yachting is the most luxurious way to travel along the Amalfi Coast.
Guilt Amalfi Coast have been added to the category of Italian wines DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) in 1995, which gave a high assessment of the quality and brought fame to the wines. Vineyards are scattered over steep terraced slopes that rise above the dazzling coastline, creating an impressive backdrop that is best enjoyed from a yacht. Also recommend Be sure to have a glass of local wine during an afternoon stop at one of the inviting coastal towns along the listed coast UNESCO World Heritage Site (UNESCO World Heritage). Don't miss the famous wines too Furore, Ravello and Tramonti, and then go to the amazing island Capriwhich is also famous for its red and white wines.
5. Ile de Re, France
When you get to know a place like the Ile de Re, it seems that it has come straight from the paintings of the Impressionists.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of France, Ile de Re also known as White Island. The le de Ré is famous for its villages with light and whitewashed houses. The excellent wines of the island have grown on a unique soil and are thoroughly imbued with the traditions of winemaking, the history of which can be traced back several centuries. Charming, tranquil yet elegant, the island draws the attention of nature lovers and cyclists as they move leisurely along the island's bike paths.
6. Rhine Valley, Germany
Following one of the greatest wine trails in Europe ...
One of the most famous wine regions in Europe that can be visited by boat is Rhine valley in western Germany. Did you know that winemaking in the Rhine Valley dates back to ancient times? It was believed that the Romans and the emperor himself Charlemagne were the first to plant vines on the Rhine (thanks a lot for that!). Much of Germany's 85-kilometer wine trail can be explored on a yacht for relaxing walks. Don't forget to taste the glass Riesling, which is about 80 % of all wine produced in this region, while contemplating the inspiring landscapes of the Rhine Valley.
7. Ionian Islands, Greece
Wondering where to anchor in Greece?
Ionian islands consist of 12 fertile islands. We believe (and many agree!) That the stunning beaches, ancient monuments and vineyards that cover the Ionian Islands are best accessed by yacht. Spend the day strolling along the south coast of the island Lefkadawhere in the villages Atani, Agios, Petros and Sivros you will find many vineyards offering award-winning white, red and rosé wines. The region's largest wine producers are scattered across the rugged west coast of Central Greece on the islands Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zante... These islands are deeply rooted in the winemaking tradition brought to the region by the Venetians. Today, wines are experiencing a revival thanks to the introduction of new methods of winemaking, an increase in organic and natural wine production, and scientific research.
8. Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Explore the south of France by boat and enjoy the soft sandy beaches of Montpellier before driving to the vineyards.
Former French province Languedoc-Roussillonlocated in the south of France, characterized by contrasting mountain and coastal landscapes, sandy beaches, mesmerizing cultural heritage and futuristic architecture. She is also known for her winemaking. Despite the fact that many vineyards are located far from the coast, Languedoc-Roussillon is still a great sailing destination and deserves a mention on our list of the best wine regions in Europe to explore by boat.
9. Sicily, Italy
Experience la dolce vita on a yacht in Sicily
For many years sicilian wines were considered a cheap, mass product, often used for blending. However, industrial vineyards have been destroyed in recent decades, and a new generation of passionate wine enthusiasts have worked hard to re-develop and promote the local grape varieties. The efforts of the winegrowers were readily accepted, and now Sicily considered the most amazing "new" wine region Of Italy and also one of our favorite wine destinations in Europe to visit on a yacht. Vineyards of Sicily scattered all over the island, so you will have many opportunities to taste the local wine wherever you drop anchor.
10. Costa Brava, Spain
Traveling along the Costa Brava from Badalona, you can taste excellent Spanish wines.
Mild winters, hot summers, strong northerly winds and gentle sea breezes define the taste of the region's wine. Emporda on the coast Costa Brava in Spain. Located in the northeast Catalonia, the Empordà wine region is about 30 minutes from the coast and is an ideal stopover while sailing in Costa Brava... Empordà is divided into two geographic areas, and wine production in this region dates back to the times Ancient Rome... Today, over 400 winegrowers and 45 registered wineries offer excellent local and international grape varieties. That is why wine lovers from all over the world come here. And the rocky coast and pleasant countryside make the coast Costa Brava also one of the best places to visit on a yacht.
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