2018's Ten Best Tasting Destinations

By Nikko Ater 1/15/2018 10 minutes

A New Year means 365 new opportunities to try something new, travel somewhere new and taste something new. For us here at Tasting Escapes 2018 will be a year of getting out of our comfort zone and exploring. Not only exploring the world but also exploring and awakening our senses. Where will 2018 take you? Here is our list of top tasting destinations you should explore this upcoming year.

10. Canary Islands, Spain

Spain's Canary Islands, particularly Tenerife and Lanzarote, are making outstanding wines nowadays. The volcanic soil, microclimates and non-grafted plants assist in producing these unique wines, from tender footed fruity whites to jam-packed spicy reds. Artisan wineries and hand labored vineyards are dotted all over the craggy topography of Tenerife and Lanzarote, from the coastline to the mountain slopes is where these premier Spanish vineyards can be found.

Wine Tasting and Vineyard Walk in Lanzarote, Spain

Private Wine Tasting Tour of La Orotava Valley and Tacoronte in Northern Tenerife

9. Scotland

At the outset whisky belongs to the whole world; however, Scotland is its exact motherland. Experience one of the planet’s most beautiful lands while savoring some remarkable whisky along the way. Also, you will take notice of the exploratory history of the Uisge Beatha ‘water of life’ plus find out about different myths and legends as a significant part of the long and rich history and tradition legacy of this paranormal potion. You will also enjoy conventional distilleries, noteworthy and world-renowned names such as –Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and many more.

7 Day Whisky Holiday Around Scotland

8. Portugal

The best way to enjoy and take in the stunning sights of Douro Valley is via the water. Relax as you sail past the rounded ridges that make the World Heritage scenery of Douro Valley vineyards. During this expedition, you will taste locally produced wine flawlessly matched with a tasty lunch. You will also have a chance to stop at an original cellar and taste their first-class wines then go back downstream. Also, you can opt to tour Aveiro and Bairrada where a trip to Costa Nova coast will offer a dramatic ambiance. Here, enjoy calming sea waves, sandy beaches, and imaginatively painted homes dotted close to the seaside. A pleasant saunter around will make you set for lunch prepared by rock-star Portuguese chefs. Lastly, tour the Aliança Underground Museum, abode to local and foreign customs, where visitors will be treated to taste three prized Sparkling Wines after an inclusive trip to the exhibitions.

Boat & Wine Tour in Douro Valley - Portugal

Aveiro & Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour - Portugal

7. Chile

From the theatrical loveliness of the Atacama to the mesmerizing fjords of Patagonia, the top-notch vineyard-flooded-valleys of Santiago and the exceptional wildlife paradise of Torres del Paine: Chile is amongst the most distinct, rewarding and enthralling destinations in the planet. Generally, it is a great wine tasting and culinary vacation destination with great influence from the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes to the east, Patagonia in the south and the Atacama Desert up north.

Culinary Adventure in Chile's Wine Country (4 Days / 3 Nights)

6. Greece

Take your time to enjoy Greek wines and food in a new way in Europe’s latest wine country, when you get treated to plush wine tasting gatherings. If you would like to study a new skill, learn about the newest taste impressions or treat somebody unique, we have a magnificent experience to gratify your thirst. A cherished Santorini wine trip is the ideal chance to see Greece's renowned globular vineyards growing in rich volcanic soil.

Intimate Small Group Santorini Wine Tasting Tour - Greece

The Wine and Olive Oil Experience - Crete, Greece

5. Brazil

Spend your day getting pleasure from the incredible coasts of Rio de Janeiro’s western side. Tour the Recreio, Grumari and Prainha beaches and end the day with a trip to the cachaçaria Maxi Cana to find out about Brazil's skill of making the most famous distilled spirit Cachaça. The Cachaça is a distilled spirit akin to rum produced from sugarcane sap that is fermented and ripened in oak drums. Cachaça is among the very fashionable distilled drinks in Brazil.

Cachaça Distillery Experience Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4. South Africa

South Africa has everything for everyone; beautiful cities, superb wines, a surplus of historical sites, and exciting wildlife both on land and sea. Hit the waves in the break of day and spend the day enjoying rich South African wine! This is undoubtedly a classic way to tour the Cape Stock and have cherished memories! After interacting with the residents in Kalk Bay, take a drive to the Cape Point Vineyards for excellent wine tasting with a breathtaking view of Noordhoek seashore, another surfer's seventh heaven. Cape Point Vineyards winemaker will also give you insiders tips on the best surf spots.

Table Mountain 4×4 Wine Safari Tour - South Africa

3. Oregon, USA

Oregon has so much to boast about; as Oregon's wine production has exploded with over 400-plus wineries producing over 20,000 acres of grapes - also let's not forget that Portland is also deemed the beer capital of the USA. This northwestern state has some of the beautiful sites to visit in the United States such as the Gorge Waterfalls, the Multnomah Falls (the second biggest waterfall in the US), and the Wine Testing Combo. Do you need any more reasons to visit?

Romantic Hot Air Balloon Ride & Wine Tour for Two in Willamette Valley - Portland, Oregon

A Tour to the Oregon Coastal Brewery

2. New Zealand 

Though well-known for its charming landscapes and its citizens’ reputation for friendliness, New Zealand also has long been identified as one of the amazing capitals of the world. Its wine expanses extend 1,600km from sub-tropical Northland down to Central Otago, dwelling to the globes' most southerly wineries. Enjoy discovering unbelievable wineries and implausible producers.

Beach Horse Riding & Luxurious Wine Tasting - New Zealand

1. Baja California, Mexico

Mexico's, Baja California isn't your parent's wine region. Baja California comes in at #1 for your next tasting destination to discover in 2018 as it is extremely reasonably priced than other wine regions, and is less likely to be overcrowded with tour bus groups - plus the region is absolutely stunning! Enjoy a wine tasting in Valle de Guadalupe and tour the Wine Museum of Baja California. Stop at several wineries in the valley to see their properties and find out about their production methods, while tasting the wines. Here there are contemporary, design wineries with a genuineness that you cannot come across in Napa or Sonoma, California. 

Wine Route Experience in Baja California, Mexico

Nikko Ater

Great post! Can't wait to visit these places!