Top 7 Wineries to visit in 2017
Wow, the March holiday sure went by in a flash! It is back to school for the kids and back to work for you. Dreary… but now it’s time to plan the next family vacation 😏 heh.
But where to?
You clicked on this article and we assume you love wine and their sites of origin as much as we do. We have done our research and the necessary scooping and lurking. These are the best wineries to visit in 2017!
1. Famille Hugel, France
If you are already making a trip to France, Alsace is a must-go. Alsace is a region rich in history, beautiful fairytale villages and exceptional wines. Take the 170km long Alsace Wine Route and it will see you through the most scenic landscapes, from heartbreakingly quaint medieval villages and half-timbered cottages to striking castles and, of course, panoramic vineyards.
But no wine adventure can be complete without a cellar visit! Head to the heart of Riquewihr and pay a visit to Famille Hugel, a renowned wine producer in Alsace whose legacy dates back all the way to 1639.
This town is beyond picturesque with its cobbled streets and timbered roofs.
Famille Hugel welcomes visitors to their cellar and tasting room every day from Easter to Christmas. The complete range of Hugel wines can be tasted and purchased in wooden cases. How is that for a great souvenir?
2. Chateau Ste Michelle, USA
Columbia Valley is a vineyard region you must visit in 2017, especially so if you are a Cabernet Sauvignon lover.
The valley is located at a latitude of 46°N. So are the famed French wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Blessed with more sunshine hours during the growing season, these exceptional wine regions produce bold and structured wines with unparalleled intensity.
Among the many wine producers in Columbia Valley, Chateau Ste. Michelle stands out as one of the few premium wineries with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. In fact, it is Washington State's oldest winery. Chateau Ste. Michelle is surrounded by 105 wooded acres and unique craftsman-style architecture. In their words, ‘With all there is to experience, an hour can quickly become three.’
The winery is open daily from 10am to 5pm. While tour and tasting are complimentary, there are many other premium tours and tastings available that will give you a much more comprehensive experience. Some programmes include the garden tour ($10), the library pairing tasting ($30) and the cryptic ultimate tour and tasting ($85). Take this opportunity to try new wines or to stock up on some of your favourites.
3. Remelluri, Spain
Have you heard of Remelluri? Over the years, the label has become known within certain circles for producing Cult Wines in small batches. Despite their tiny production, the Remelluri Estate is an established label with a long legacy dating back to the fourteenth century. A hike through the vineyards of Remelluri will reveal remnants of the ancient past. Romans, Visigoths, Moors and other medieval populations have left behind their artifacts.
La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri is open for visitors. Visitors are welcomed to choose any of the 3 recommended hikes which are of different durations (30, 60 or 90 minutes) and difficulty levels. A guided tour would require visitors to call and book ahead as Remelluri is a family winery and capacity is limited.
4. Marchese Antinori, Italy
A trip to Tuscany is incomplete without a trip to at least one winery. We recommend the stunning new Antinori Chianti Classico Winery which is less than 20km from the heart of Florence, right off the main highway going to Siena. Inaugurated on October 25th 2012, the winery represents the Antinori family’s love and passion for the Chianti Classico hillsides and reflects the centuries-old bond that the Antinori family has with their ancestral territory. The winery may be new but the Antinori family history and its passion for winemaking spans 6 centuries and 26 generations! Like almost every scenic spot in Tuscany, the winery will fascinate you with its beautiful architecture and long history.
Over six centuries and through twenty six generations, the Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine. Do not miss their wine tastings which includes Cru and icon wines such as the brilliant Tignanello and exceptional Solaia! Taste the wine in the Barriccaia hall, a suspended tasting room in a huge wine cellar.
5. Nautilus Estate, New Zealand
Among the many wineries in Marlborough, we have singled out Nautilus Estate, a small, family-owned winery located within the clean and cool valleys of Marlborough. Nautilus Estate is known for their commitment in producing food-friendly wines - an aspect Singaporeans will admire greatly. If you visit their website, all Nautilus Estate wines have their own food pairings recommendation. If you want to visit the winery, be sure to do so from 1st October to 30th when they welcome visitors to their cellar every day of the week. The Nautilus Nautilus cellar door has been rated in the top 10 cellar doors in Marlborough for several years and received a “gold award” for excellent customer service. Try their award-winning wines with a cheese platter of specially selected artisan New Zealand cheeses. The winemaking team also offers a personalised tour of the winery but do request this via a prior appointment.
6. Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina
Bodega Catena Zapata is arguably the most recognised wine producer in Argentina. Founded in 1902, the Catena family wine history have not only revolutionized the family winery, but also the Argentine wine industry in the last 50 years. They are known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The family’s Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation has been called the Grand Cru of South America.
Bodega Catena Zapata is open most mondays through saturdays for visits, with some exceptions due to harvest and other winery activities. All tours at Bodega Catena Zapata are done by specialized guides in small groups. You can choose to take on different tasting sessions such as the Angelica Zapata tasting, Single Vineyard tasting, Art of Malbec tasting and more!
Don’t miss the spellbinding night view when you are there!
7. Yalumba, Australia
Barossa Valley, Australia, has many interesting wine festivals and events. From the Gourmet Weekend to the Barossa Vintage Festival, there are many events to go for all year round!
The must-go vineyard in Barossa Valley is Yalumba, the oldest and most established wine label in Australia. Its winery is more than 167 years old and, located just outside of Angaston in the Barossa. Yalumba prides itself on its Barossa hospitality and they are happy to offer help to organise your event, to create memorable tastings, dinners and more.
The landscaped grounds framed by the Wine Room and the historic clock tower are the perfect spot to explore before throwing a picnic rug down and enjoying the Barossa’s warm afternoon sun.
Don’t miss the Yalumba Festival Garden which is held on the lawns surrounding the majestic Clock Tower. Come during spring and sit at the large tables under old oak trees and market umbrellas. It will be a relaxing day of regional feasting, fine wines and family fun! Additionally, Yalumba Wine Room ambassadors will guide you through our wines in the Family Tasting Room, an excellent venue for small groups and intimate tastings. If you are going in a large group, the Yalumba Wine Room can sit 40-60 people. In the evening, the room is perfect for candlelit dinners.
Before you leave Yalumba, be sure to try something from their collection that you haven’t tasted before!
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!