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Our international team of wine experts reveal their favourite regions, cellar doors, watering holes and other vinous exploits
the world has to offer.

*Here in no particular order.

Autumn at Golding Wines in the Adelaide Hills.
Wolfie’s Wine & Food Bar.

41. Adelaide Hills Art

Find out more about an iconic name in Australian wine at the Wolf Blass Gallery & Museum (wolfblassgm.com.au) in Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills. Wander through the on-site cooperage, gallery and museum with the chance to take a sneak peak at Wolf’s very own private collection of wines. After building up a thirst, taste a range of Museum Selection labels handpicked by Wolf himself at Wolfie’s Horse Bar or while basking in the Adelaide Hills’ sunshine on the deck.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Hahndorf is the Adelaide Hills’ little slice of Germany, so put aside time to wander the main street full of European delights.
The wine list at Le Flacon is legendary.

42. Late Night Drinking in Bordeaux

Bordeaux needs no introduction as a wine-focused destination; every year thousands of journalists, sommeliers and wine students descend on the city to explore, drink and learn all about the nuance and complexity of the region. But what about the night life? Well, there are some very fun, late-night drinking spots. Le Flacon (facebook.com/leflaconbordeaux) is one, home to some of France’s most sought-after wines and often not even from Bordeaux. How exactly do you turn down Jamet? Or Ulysses Collin’s wonderfully precise Champagne?  FINTAN KERR
➽ TIP: There’s a lot of very cool stuff in Le Flacon’s collection, and not all of it is listed. Be sure to ask!
Recaredo.

43. Corpinnat at Recaredo

For almost 150 years, the charming Catalan town of San Sadurní d’Anoia has been the home of quality sparkling wine production in Spain, and arguably its greatest producer and experience lies barely 15 minutes from the train station. Recaredo (recaredo.com) is something quite special. It’s the only producer to make just Gran Reserva wines and the only one to hand-riddle and disgorge sparkling wines; they are utterly unique. A leading light of Corpinnat (the new producer-led initiative in the Cava DO), expect more big things to come, so don’t let them fly under your radar!  FINTAN KERR
➽ TIP: Ask about the Celler Credo project and the white grape, xarel·lo.
Bridge Road Brewers in Victoria's High Country.

44. High Country Brewery Trail

It’s not a mistake, yes we know it says brewery not winery but when visiting Victoria’s High Country, a trek along the Brewery Trail (victoriashighcountry.com.au) is a must – in between your wine tastings, of course! The trail features some of the region’s top brewers, each with their own flair for the craft, making for an exciting drinking tour. Each spring, the breweries get together for Rule 47 beer, a collaboration that celebrates the flavours of the region. The trail spans around the High Country and includes stops at King River Brewing, Bright Brewery, Bridge Road Brewers, plus a few more.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Victoria’s High Country is known for its scenery and natural beauty, so take some time during your visit for a hike or ride through the mountains.
Collisioni Festival in Barolo.

45. Partying in Barolo

There are moments when passing time in Barolo can seem surreal. The small town, perched on a modest hilltop, is surrounded by vines, with a medieval castle signalling your arrival. The scene gets more fantastic in summer when Collisioni Festival (collisioni.it) brings world-class performers to Barolo’s small central piazza. In the past, the festival has hosted names like Elton John, Thom Yorke, Eddie Vedder and Italian pop icons Al Bano.  DANIEL MELFI
➽ TIP: Stay at Cantina Boschis for a view of the vineyards.
Autumn at Golding Wines.

46. Adelaide Hills in Autumn

Ask any local, and they’ll say there’s something special about the Hills in autumn. Not only are there plenty of Instagram opportunities, but the season is also perfect for drinking some of the region’s hero varieties. Adelaide Hills (adelaidehillswine.com.au) pinot noir, chardonnay or even pinot gris are all wines suited for drinking during crisp, cooler weather. Wineries including Golding Wines, The Lane Vineyard, Bird in Hand, Pike & Joyce and Shaw + Smith boast incredible autumn scenery and excellent wines to taste on your visit. Settle in at any of them and you’ll see what the locals are talking about.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Visit distilleries such as Ambleside, Applewood and Adelaide Hills Distillery.
The remarkable Marlborough Sounds.

47. Marlborough by Sea

Hidden behind the hills of Strachan Peak, on the road to Picton, you’ll find a place to fall in love with sauvignon blanc, all over again. The stunning Marlborough Sounds is an aqueous oasis of wildlife, which you can watch with a glass in hand from on high, aboard the luxury MV Mantra Catamaran by Seafood Odyssea Cruise (seafoododysseacruise.co.nz). Departing daily from Picton Marina, for three tranquil hours you’ll experience the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound, taking in the native marine life in an area renowned for its dolphins, seals and penguins. The cruise includes a visit to an aquaculture farm, before sampling as-fresh-as-it-gets local seafood, including Tio Point oysters, Greenshell mussels, and Regal Salmon, paired, of course, with a glass or two of local, world-class Marlborough wine.  DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Keep an eye out for playful dolphins and sunbathing seals.

48. Unexpected Arizona

Surrounded by a white picket fence in the centre of Clarkdale, a small Arizona town perched on a hill, the Verde Valley Wine Festival (verdevalleywinefestival.com) generates a certain civic pride. The industry is still growing and the presence of guests from overseas still warrants a flurry of excitement.

As with much of the local wine scene the festival has the fingerprint of Maynard James Keenan, frontman for the band Tool and serious winemaker, and is funded in part by his Four Eight Wineworks; a collective of small producers like Bodega Pierce, Heart Wood Cellars and The Oddity Wine Collective. But it would be folly to think Arizonan wine is all about Keenan, and here there’s an opportunity to explore not just its score of exhibitors, but the surrounding district as well. While a good degree of fruit comes from the southern borderlands around Willcox and Sonoita, the centre of wine for consumers is Cottonwood (6 kilometres from Clarkdale), where tasting rooms like Merkin Vineyards and Pillsbury Wine Company line the streets.  MAX BREARLEY
➽ TIP: Make time to visit Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College, a cellar door, working vineyard and winemaking facility.

49. Sweden’s New Moon

Hole in the wall Bar La Lune (barlalune.se) is the go-to spot for Swedish wine lovers and industry peeps. It’s not surprising, as owner and well-known somm Oskar Ahlvin built up a dedicated following while he ran Bar Centro, all of whom naturally migrated to La Lune when he opened the doors in November 2018. When I finally made it there one afternoon in August, I immediately understood why. It feels like home; Oskar’s home. You will discover beautiful things here – delicious, fun natural wines and small light dishes at very fair prices. It is simply the most pleasant place to eat, drink and enjoy yourself.  BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP: No table bookings, so get in early!

50. Malbec in Mendoza

Malbec is something of a superstar in the wine world; its naturally luscious tannins and deep, fruity flavours have become a favourite. Yet, it can be so much more than an easy-drinking option, and one of my greatest experiences was discovering this at Catena Zapata (catenawines.com) in Mendoza. The ‘Renaissance of Malbec’ tour shows off four premium wines, each a result of constant experimentation, trial and error. After tasting wines showing the restraint and minerality of Bordeaux with the richness of South American sun, all in sight of the La Pirámide vineyard, it’s hard to see malbec in the same light!  FINTAN KERR
➽ TIP: Take a walk down to the vineyard and appreciate the wines all the more.