If you love to visit wineries, there is no shortage of opportunities – either here in the United States, or in the world’s numerous other winemaking countries.
Let’s take a look at three such opportunities, beginning in California’s Sonoma County, then heading south to Argentina, and ending up across the pond in Italy. You’ll read about two wine estates, as well as a new book packed with touring tips.
Fasten your seatbelt! Here we go…
SONOMA: Audelssa Estate Winery opened its new tasting room in time for the holiday season. The elegant space is located in the historic Poppe Building in “downtown” Glen Ellen, Calif., a small town in Sonoma County.
Designed by co-owner Linda Brewer and Denise Nelson, the stylish room occupies 1,000 square feet and provides visitors with a beautiful setting to sample Audelssa’s wines.
ARGENTINA: With so many wonderful wines coming out of Argentina these days, it was only a matter of time until someone published a comprehensive book about touring Argentine wine country.
That book is “Vino Argentino,” written by Laura Catena, who was born in Argentina and educated in the United States.
ITALY: The Fontodi wine estate in Panzano-in-Chianti, north of Siena, offers a wonderful tour that includes a visit to the cool cellar and ends in a tasting room that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards.
Because production is limited, Fontodi’s amazing “Super Tuscan” wine, known as Flaccianello della Pieve, may not be available to taste. But the Chianti Classico definitely will be, and it alone is worth the trip – along with the gorgeous scenery, of course.