Consider a vineyard tour for your next trip with the ladies. Relax in the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany, or travel more stateside to the rustic countryside of California. Get ready to make your list of vineyards to visit for sampling small-production rarities that you can’t find at home; as we cover 5 of the biggest, oldest and most esteemed wineries and cellars on the planet.
Chamonix, Franschhoek, South Africa
Franschhoek Valley is in the heart of the Western Cape of South Africa. The Chamonix is no ordinary wine farm with that is surround by vineyard, farmland, and game reserve, guest lodges are surrounded by the wild animals of South Africa. One the vineyard you will find an underground passage from the late 1700s that leads from the cellar up into the Blacksmith's Cottage, that is now the tasting room. At Chamonix, small teams do all winemaking, and all fruit picked by hand. When you go, make sure to stay in one of the private lodges or suites and have an African experience unlike any other with animals right outside your windows.
Moet & Chandon, Epernay, France
Travel to the vineyard where Champagne was first introduced. Jean-Ramy Moet, the grandson of Claude Moet, is responsible for introducing Champagne to the world. Claude Moet founded the vineyard and house in 1743. Moet & Chandon wines and Champagnes made from grapes grown on the largest estate in the region, they are also famous for the first sabering of bottles and christening of ships. Moet & Chandon must-see vineyard for lovers of bubbly champagne and sparkling wines.
Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy
Created by the Frescobaldi family, who in total owns six estates in Tuscany, including the Tenuta Ammiraglia Estate that is home to Frescobaldi vineyard. Here you will find wines that represent a modern and more Mediterranean Tuscany. This vineyard has a very dramatic architecture that represents a ship pointing towards the sea in search of new horizons, a wine cellar that displays a combination of innovation, technology, and respect for the environment, existing in perfect harmony with the natural beauty that surrounds it. Visit this vineyard and see Tuscany like you’ve never seen it before.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, California
A winery that is all about fun for all those who come, the first in Northern California to feature two swimming pools, bocce court, as well as proving live performances at their performing arts pavilion. Escape to Francis Ford Coppola Winery that is a playground for everyone with food, wine, music, dancing, games and so much more. Consider going when they have "Salsa Dancing Under the Stars" or visit in October for the "Annual Harvest and Halloween Carnival." Francis Ford Coppola Winery is known as a"wine wonderland" that every wine lover should visit.
Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Travel back in time to a history filled estate and vineyard, in the year 1152; Aquitaine fell to the advance of England until 1452. Bordeaux wines benefited from this new market as the 12th century King of England, Richard the Lion Heart, adopted it as a table wine. This 647-arce estate has been home to many important lords, including one, Pierre de Lestonnac, who completely redesigned the property and vineyard from 1572 – 1582, anticipating the evolution of the Medoc region that started to abandon cereal growing for vines. Visit this historic vineyard and soak in the rich culture and beauty of vines and wines.
Gather your gals or travel solo to vineyards that are surrounded by breathtaking sceneries. Enjoy visiting the vineyards with truly superb wines and fabulous foods, from adventurous in Africa to the historic of France; each one has something different to offer. Visit one or visit them all, enjoy all that travel, wine, culture, and food have to offer.
About Journeys for Women
Journeys for Women is perfect for women who love to travel but don’t want to travel alone. We are a diverse group that includes women from age 18-80. What we share is a love of fun and adventure.