Romantic destinations for wine lovers

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  • Friday 10 February 2012

In need of some Valentine’s Day inspiration? Nigel Buxton picks ten top romantic spots in Europe’s wine regions to share a bottle with that special someone

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What makes a romantic rendezvous for wine lovers? Associations, often. If history is your thing, it would be thrilling, for instance, to wine or dine at the same table as to have been occupied by Wellington in his lodgings on the eve of Waterloo. Yet such connotations might be a turn-off for lustful types seeking more obvious pleasures.

Other qualifications apart, the place surely needs to have an intrinsically compelling, nostalgic distinction; not by any means necessarily elegant or expensive, but always what the French call sympathique. Our selection might be multiplied by a hundred, and still someone’s ardent choice would be omitted. Romance is a personal thing.

But if you find yourself stuck for romantic weekend away inspiration, see our list of the top 10 most romantic European travel destinations for wine lovers including The Douro, Santorini and Caunes-Minervois.

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