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Most Famous Wine Regions Outside Europe

Although Europe is a mecca for wine lovers, there are lush and fertile wine regions outside of Europe. The travel app Visited has reported the most famous wine regions to visit outside of Europe according to over 1.75 million app users. Visited allows you to mark off places you’ve been, browse top travel lists, save bucket list destinations, and plan dream getaways using the app. You can also get a personalized travel map and travel stats in the Visited app. 

The top wine regions outside Europe are:

  1. Napa Valley in California, U.S., is the top wine destination outside of Europe. Napa Valley is renowned for its excellent growing conditions for a wide range of wines, including warm-weather varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc and cool-weather ones like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  1. Sonoma County is the second most-visited wine region outside of Europe and one of the most diverse wine growing regions in the world. Renowned wine in the region includes chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and zinfandel. 
  1. Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa is the third most visited wine destination outside of Europe. As South Africa’s best-known wine region, Stellenbosch includes famous Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Bordeaux Blends.
  1. Franschhoek in South Africa has a famous wine culture, with small wineries as well as big-name operations. Famous wines in the region range from full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon as well as sparkling wines.
  1. Hunter Valley is one of the premier and oldest wine regions in Australia. The region in New South Wales is renowned for red wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, and white wines including Chardonnay, Semillon, and Verdelho. 
  1. Yarra Valley is the sixth most famous wine region outside of Europe. The Australian wine region is known for its sparkling wine, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.
  1. Constantia wine region in South Africa is well-known for its sweet dessert wine, Vin de Constance.
  1. Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region and is famous for its zesty Sauvignon Blanc.
  1. Temecula is a famous wine region in California, U.S. Tantalizing wines from the area range from Zinfandel to Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.
  1. Willamette Valley in the U.S. state of Oregon is the tenth most famous wine region outside of Europe. Popular wines to try in the area include Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, sparkling wine, and Sauvignon blanc.

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