Regardless of where we travel to, we always taste local wines during our time in the country. Sometimes we go on an actual wine tasting tour where we visit several vineyards and taste several of the varieties that they offer. Other times we seek out wine bars that specialize in serving local wines and then try a couple of different wines. Even if we don’t go to anyplace that specializes in wine, we’ll still ask the local restaurants about any wines that they would recommend from the region. We often find that the people that live there are extremely proud of their country’s wine traditions.
There are certain obvious places like France, Italy, Spain, and California in the US that not only offer wine tastings and tours, but often target tourists specifically to visit for their wine. However, we have been to many other countries that are not necessarily known for their wine and found that they have a wonderful wine tradition. Places like Peru, Panama, Egypt, Romania, and the Czech Republic all had wonderful selections. Obviously, Germany has many wonderful wines as well.
Another place where we did a wine tasting was in Budapest where we enjoyed a wonderful charcuterie board as well as sampling a variety of wines. The region that we heard the most about for producing excellent wine was Eger, which grows both red and white varieties of wine. As far as red wine from Eger, the Bull’s Blood or Egri Bikaver was really good and came with an interesting back-story. Legend has it that in 1552 a small group of soldiers were drinking wine in preparation for the upcoming siege of Eger and bull’s blood was added to the wine to give them extra strength and stamina. The group was able to successfully beat the larger group of Turks and the legend was born.
What was your favorite location to enjoy a wine tasting?
11 thoughts on “Tasting Wine When Traveling”
Looks like some lovely places to try some wine! I think the Budapest looks especially good!
They were delicious!
I’m with you….always have to sample the local wine. Budapest wine and palinka was so amazing, I totally agree. Lovely post 😊
Thank you 🙂
In my point of view, Piemonte in Italy is always a good idea, especially if you like that kind of Italian wines.
Sampling the local wine is a great way to get to know a country. I love Italy and Italian wines and of course we make great wines in Niagara.
Really nice post
Thank you 🙂
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I would love to hear more about Egyptian wines!! I’ve never tried one but it sounds intriguing.
They are very good 🙂