Most of us enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day. Now, imagine having a glass of wine with a view, made with grapes that were grown right under your feet.
We have put together a list of some of the most beautiful wineries in the world that every wine lover and enthusiast will be sure to enjoy.
Lavaux Vineyards, Switzerland
In the Lavaux Vineyards, you’ll find a vineyard with a view of the shores of Lake Geneva that dates all the way back to the 11th century. The Mediterranean climate gives the grapes character and makes it easy for them to grow over the property’s 830 hectares.
Château De Berne, France
Château de Berne dates all the way back to Roman times. Today, it is located in the heart of the French countryside and operates as a five-star hotel and spa with fine dining in its 1,400-acre property.
Franciacorta is located right in the center of northern Italy, not too far off of Milan. They say it’s where some of the best Italian sparkling wines are made. Along with a taste of its dry, fruity reds, it also offers a beautiful view of the alpine valley of Valtellina.
Rippon Winery, New Zealand
This biodynamically farmed winery offers a picturesque view over the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand. In fact, the Southern Alps behind the lake appeared as the Misty Mountains in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. The winery is known for its deeply aromatic Pinot Noirs.
Barossa Valley, Australia
Barossa Valley is one of the oldest and most well-known regions for wine in Australia, and has been since it was colonized by European immigrants in 1837. Today, it holds 70 wineries. It is best known for Shiraz wine that thrives thanks to the region’s warm and dry climate.
Chateau Montelena, California
In 1976, a Judgment of Paris blind tasting competition named Californian wines as better than the French. Since then, wineries like Chateau Montelena began to gain recognition. This one in particular is considered to be the oldest and most picturesque in Napa thanks to its Gothic style and private lake.
Klein Constantia, South Africa
This is how the story goes: in 1652, a Dutch East India commander first planted vines here. The region became known as Klein Constantia and became one of the oldest wineries in the world. In fact, they say it was a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte and was even mentioned in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
This winery was designed to be eco-friendly by local architect Alejandro D’Acosta in Mexico’s Valle de Guadelupe. It features recycled optical glass and wooden slats, and a rooftop garden. You could even stay the night in rooms with glass walls that overlook the vineyards.
Hopewell Vineyard, Oregon
Hopewell Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills uses regenerative farming practices to produce signature red wines. The pinot noirs are said to be delicate, and visitors say they are the most ethereal wines they have ever tasted.
Marques De Riscal, Spain
This winery doubles as a hotel and event center that was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. The Marques de Riscal is now best known for Gehry’s mix of mid–19th-century cellars and a 21st-century avant-garde design. Inside the estate, the wines have also won a number of medals and awards.
Ao Yun, China
It took Ao Yun’s winemaker four years to find the best region to produce wine before settling here. Then, it became the first luxury wine to come out of China. Every step of the winemaking process is done by hand. In fact, machinery isn’t even allowed in the remote region. The winery is only open to a handful of people a year.
Rudd Oakville Estate, California
This is a family-run winery that produces what many consider to be the best Cabernet Sauvignon in California. It was first opened in 1996 by the Rudd family with the goal of delivering an experience rooted in love of wine to all its visitors. It does so through on-site attractions like its boathouse and greenhouse.
This Renaissance villa is best known for its signature Amarone, a dense, dark red which is made from grapes right from the Valpolicella region. They are dried once harvested to concentrate their sugars. The villa also operates as a fancy bed and breakfast with a beautiful view.
The cold climate of the region is great for producing varieties of wine such as pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and Gamay. Plus, the drive to the winery is a scenic one along Lake Ontario.
Zuccardi Valle De Uco, Argentina
Judges consider Uco winery to be “one of the most impressive on the planet,” thanks to its malbecs, which have been produced bt the Zuccardi family since the 1960s. They thrive on the region’s cool climate and high altitude, about 3,600 feet above sea level.
Mission Hill Winery, Canada
Mission Hill is classed as “the centerpiece of the Canadian wine tourism industry” by Travel and Leisure magazine. It holds five vineyards along British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where the climate creates a range of soils that allow for a variety of grapes to grow.
Pichon Baron, France
Pichon Baron is often considered to be one of the most scenic of the chateaux in Bordeaux. It is also one of only a few that is open to the public. It was first founded in the 17th century, in a neoclassical style that gives it a fairytale look thanks to its cone towers.
Viña Vik, Argentina
This winery was made by luxury hoteliers Alex and Carrie Vi, who wanted to try to make the best wine in South America. Although they make pretty good wine, the architecture steals the show. A plaza of streaming water distributed with granite boulders leads into the building, giving it a cool visual effect.
This winery was built in the impressive shape of a Rubik’s cube that rises from the vineyards. It holds a museum and restaurant inside to go with its attention-grabbing names for its wines like The Broken Fishplate and The Money Spider.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, France
This winery is named after its beautiful large stones that were first built in the 18th century. Today, it is considered to be a classic of French winemaking and one of the finest vineyards in Bordeaux. This reputation was maintained by the winery’s owners, who still inhabit the estate and have been partaking in the harvest for generations.