France and Italy might be firm favourites for wine connoisseurs, while Greece boasts of being one of the first countries to cultivate vines (although Georgia might disagree) but with September marking the grape harvest, we've hunted out some more unusual wine destinations.
Perfect 10: Wine destinations
Stay over at Beach Retreats, which has a concierge service which can also organise wine tours. 7 Saints Way, Little Petherick on the Camel Estuary, costs from £248 for a weekend and sleeps four. Or try the brand new Camel Quarry House, opening in October, which sleeps 16 and costs from £3,000.
The Best of Morocco can also arrange bespoke trips, with three nights' B&B in Fez at Dar Anebar and two nights' half board at Meknes' Riad Lahboul costing from £715 pp, including flights. Email email@example.com for more information.
Or Seattle Urban Wine Tour runs a two-hour trip with cheese, meat and chocolate pairings with your wine, for around £30. Then check in to the wine-themed Vintage Park hotel, £799 for four nights including flights from Bon Voyage.
Arblaster & Clarke wine tours is planning a trip through Switzerland and Burgundy from September 11-17, with tastings at wine domains around Vevey, through the Jura before continuing to Beaune in France. Visit www.arblasterandclarke.com for more information. Prices are expected to start from £1,499.
Base yourself in the capital Valletta, where the Marsovin winery in nearby Marsa runs two-hour tours and tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or not far away in Paola, the Emmanuel Delicata winery also offers tastings in its 17th century cellars. Continue the theme at the Fortina Spa hotel, with several bars and restaurants offering local vintages. Seven nights all inclusive including flights starts from £699.
Stay at The Louise, surrounded by vineyards, where nine of the region's top boutique winemakers arrange special events for guests. They can also book the Penfolds tour and other wine packages. Rates cost from around £260 per night.
There's local grapes growing beside better-known varieties, the estate's bottles are decorated with drawings by the owners' children, and you can tour the winery as well as taking guided tours and tasting sessions. A double room costs around £210, including wine tour and a complimentary bottle of wine. Visit www.malhadinhanova.pt for more information.
Stay in the heart of the winelands at Franschoek. Cape Portfolios' villa Franschoek Haven, complete with four-poster bed, is in the middle of a family-owned boutique vineyard and costs from £65 per person per night. Or Explorers four bedroom villa is just a few minutes from the village, priced £380 per night.
Stay at Hotel Viura where you can explore the large cellar featuring more than 200 local wines and even the restaurant ceiling is made from old wine barrels. Rooms start from around £100, or the Wine and Light Aircraft getaway, includes two nights' accommodation, winery tour and tasting plus a flight over the stunning countryside, from around £420.
Get exploring with Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa in the Chilean Altiplano, which is currently offering a deal including a night in the La Casona boutique hotel at the award-winning Matetic Vineyards, winery tour and tasting, plus another night at the Ritz-Carlton in Santiago when you book five nights with them. Prices start from around £1,290 and must be taken by October 31, 2010.
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