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I'm a married mum of one with a passion for all things travel. I've visited over 50 countries around the world so far, so whatever your perfect honeymoon or destination wedding, I'm excited to learn about the newest, best and most exciting options out there and to share them with you. The team at hitched may also share exciting honeymoon or wedding abroad news with you in this section too!

Wine-tasting honeymoons

20 Dec 2013
by Cathy@hitched

Somehow, one day just doesn’t seem enough to celebrate getting married. It might be tricky to persuade your guests to keep raising their glasses and toasting the happy couple – but I, for one, could happily stretch the celebrations out, keeping the champagne flowing for days…

…so a wine-tasting honeymoon to a country famous for its vineyards? I’d say cheers to that!

France

The largest wine producer in the world, French wine traces its history back over 2,500 years. You could head to Bordeaux where the tourist office has tips on creating your own wine-tasting route in vineyards set around fairy-tale chateaux or in the city itself. Or start in Champagne, small enough to cram in several wineries every day, so perfect to combine with a stay in nearby Paris.

When to go? May/June or September/October is the best time – you should have good weather and you’ll get to see the harvest in the autumn. Just check the vineyards are still open for tastings.

Image credited to Atout France Michel Angot

South Africa

Fly into Cape Town and the winelands are right on your doorstep – then you’re spoiled for choice. A few of my favourites are Fairview in Paarl, whose labels include Goats Do Roam (along with matching goats’ cheese) or Boschendal in Franschoek, where you can sip through the range on a lovely outdoor terrace. Stellenbosch has so many producers you can download whole routes just for that area.

When to go: Ideal for winter weddings with the Cape’s warmest months between October and April – harvest time is February/March.

Image credited to South Africa Tourism

USA

California gets most of the attention, but the classic trail through Napa Valley isn’t the only option for a wine-tasting honeymoon. Washington State in the far north-west has nearly 700 wineries, many within a short drive of Seattle, or head to the stunning scenery of the Olympic Peninsula to see a temperate rainforest between sips. New York State has five different wine regions and you can work a trip to the Big Apple into your itinerary.

When to go: The main harvest takes place in September/October, when you’ll get the highest temperatures in California but there’s something to try year-round.

Image credited to Andy Simonds Tourism WA

New Zealand

Wherever you are on New Zealand’s two islands, you shouldn’t be too far from a winery as they stretch almost the entire length of the country. The biggest are Marlborough, at the top of the South Island, and Hawke’s Bay, in the east of the North Island, but there are around 100 vineyards and wineries around Auckland alone so it’s easy to combine a city and sipping trip.

When to go: Most wineries, especially the bigger ones, are open year-round, while the harvest takes place from February to April, also one of the best times to visit.

Images credited to Ian Trafford Tourism New Zealand (top and middle), Chris McLennan Tourism New Zealand (bottom)

Chile

With a climate that’s been described as part-way between California and France, Chile is a great place for wine-lovers with some unique grapes and some spectacular mountain scenery. The Maipo Valley is one of the traditional spots for tastings, although Casablanca is another great region to try, with the city of Valparaiso worth a visit on its own.

When to go: The main harvest season runs from February to April, with some grapes being picked in May.

Images credited to Tourismo Chile

If you're interested in a wine-tasting style honeymoon then why not visit the honeymoon section on hitched.co.uk today to be inspired. 

Cathy

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Published 20 Dec 2013 10:22 by Cathy@hitched