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10 Wine Countries You’ve Got to Visit

This is kind of like my wine country bucket list. For so many years I’ve wanted to tour all of these places. While I’ve gotten a chance to see some, I definitely have not had a chance to see all. Oh well, there is still plenty of time! Whether you want to take your kids with you is your choice. Personally, I would take them some places and not others. After all, wine country can be kind of romantic and, well, full of wine! So, maybe you don’t want those cute ragamuffins running around all the time. Either way, here are a few wine countries you simply must visit during your lifetime. They wine is delicious, the people are gracious, and you will have the time of your life!

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    10 Wine Countries You've Got to Visit

    If you are in the mood for visiting wine country here are a few places you ought to put on your must see list!

  • Napa Valley 2 of 11
    Napa Valley

    This is the only wine country I have truly visited so far! I love the arid, desert-like climate and am excited to return someday. The range of wine produced is extraordinary and I am still determined to fit in a visit to French Laundry (!)

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  • Sonoma 3 of 11
    Sonoma

    The classic wine tour, every time I read Alexis' blog I am even more enthused about visiting California wine country. I would definitely start with Swanson Vineyard first!

    Photo: Wildcat Dunny

  • South Africa 4 of 11
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    This is the ultimate wine trip on my bucket list. South Africa produces an amazing portfolio of wines and I'd love to take a guided tour, sans kids, like this awesome one offered by Cape Classics.

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  • Upstate New York 5 of 11
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    The Finger Lakes region is getting more adept at producing wines. As an up-and-coming region, this is a great place to bring children and enjoy the lakes between vineyard visits.

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  • Washington State 6 of 11
    Yakima Washington

    Washington state produces many fine wines in their dry, arid climate. Irrigation from bodies of water like the Yakima River keep growing fields lush and the grapes sweet.

    Photo: Bernt Rostad

  • Oregon 7 of 11
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    The state of Oregon has a surprisingly vast wine country. Bring the kids and hike between vineyards, enjoy sips of whites and bubbly while you gaze at the valleys and mountains in the distance.

    Photo: Stu Seeger

  • Burgundy, France 8 of 11
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    Lush, dark forests and green valleys make Burgundy and amazingly picturesque place to visit. Rent a little car and travel from vineyard to vineyard enjoying all the local reds and whites you might recognize from your favorite restaurants stateside.

    Photo: PhillipC

  • Champagne, France 9 of 11
    champagne

    Umm, hello?! Yes, please pass the bubbles. This wine country barely needs any introduction. It is the only region in the world that produces true champagne. This would definitely be a tour where I would leave the kids at home.

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  • West Germany 10 of 11
    White Wine

    German wine is primarily produced in the western part of the country. Swing through and enjoy the amazing rivers and lush valleys along with sips of Riesling, their most well-known export.

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  • Greece 11 of 11
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    According to Travel + Leisure, Greece is one of the newest, best places to tour to taste local wines. Though Greece has been making wine for thousands of years, only recently has it gained international renown. Plus, it is Greece, the land of clear water and amazing sun. It is totally worth the trip!

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