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Are you looking for inspiration for your next wine holiday?

See Decanter's selection of travel guides to the world's finest wine destinations including Florence, Rioja, Oregon, Champagne, Baden, Finger Lakes and Provence.

We also reveal the six best wineries, houses or bodegas to visit in each area, as well as a top selection of hotels, restaurants, shops and activities to try.
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Decanter travel guide: Puglia, Italy

9th April 2015

In this narrow region you’re never far from either sea or inland wineries, and always surrounded by beautiful scenery and superb food. Carla Capalbo takes a trip

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Jerez Feria

Decanter travel guide: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

17th March 2015

This Andalucian jewel offers modern restaurants and inviting Sherry bars, not to mention unmissable bodegas. Sarah Jane Evans MW leads the way

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Decanter travel guide: Valpolicella, Verona, Italy

26th February 2015

With its gracious villas and ancient churches, the valleys of Valpolicella harbour as much heritage as they do winemaking dynasties. Local Alessandra Piubello shows how to make the most of this...

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The Decanter travel guide to Jura, France

12th February 2015

Heads are finally turning towards this tiny region, home to weird and wonderful wines, famed Comté cheese and picturesque scenery. Sue Style takes a trip

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My Melbourne by Steve Webber

19th January 2015

From his first visits as a football-mad youngster to meeting his wife-to-be, Melbourne's dynamic multiculturalism has always had a hold on winemaker Steve Webber's heart.

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Decanter travel guide: Franschhoek, South Africa

13th January 2015

With its strong French heritage, striking natural scenery, beautiful architecture and forward-thinking vignerons, Franschhoek is a must-stop destination for visitors to the Cape, says Angela Lloyd.

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The Decanter travel guide: Tokaj, Hungary

18th December 2014

This beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its famous sweet wines, great food and stunning architecture, is a perfect getaway, says Darrel Joseph.

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Trentino-Alto Adige

Decanter travel guide: Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

19th November 2014

It's not just the mountains that reach heady heights in north-eastern Italy – the local wines from terraced lands are also worth exploring, writes Michèle Shah...

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Decanter travel guide: Casablanca & Valparaíso, Chile

7th October 2014

The latest recruit to the Great Wine Capitals provides the perfect way to experience the exciting Chilean wine scene, says Peter Richards MW.

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Insider's guide to Bordeaux city

26th September 2014

The fourth generation to be involved with Château Haut-Bailly, Véronique Sanders has grown up with the city of Bordeaux as her playground. From gastronomy to music, the best views to the freshest...

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Anderson valley

Decanter travel guide: Anderson Valley, California

18th September 2014

An oasis from Napa’s glitz and glamour, this is the wine region to visit for unpretentious dining, redwood forests and excellent Pinot Noir, says Stephen Brook

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Santa Barbara

Decanter travel guide: Santa Barbara, California

23rd July 2014

Individuality is the watchword in this still-emerging region, says Katie Kelly Bell. Visit soon for a taste of California’s frontier spirit...

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Decanter travel guide: Luberon, France

27th March 2014

With its pretty hilltop towns to please walkers, and superb food and wine for gourmands, ‘Peter Mayle country’ is still as enticing as ever, says Mary Dowey.

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Cape Town

Travel Guide: Cape Town Tourism winners

5th March 2014

Fiona Beckett visits the Cape Winelands' winners of the Best of Wine Tourism awards and revels in the region's heavenly offerings of food, art, architecture and nature...

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Decanter travel guide: Alentejo, Portugal

20th February 2014

Rural and rustic yet with style and substance, the Alentejo's warm and generous reds are much like its people, says Sarah Ahmed

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Cassis & Bandol

Decanter travel guide: Cassis & Bandol, Provence

13th February 2014

Stunning coastline, great wines, superb gastronomy, protected national parks... the people of Provence know how to live la belle vie, says Mary Dowey

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Decanter travel guide: Virginia, USA

6th February 2014

After a history of setbacks, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia is now on the cusp of a viticultural renaissance. Visit now before the masses catch on, says Katie Kelly Bell.

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Decanter travel guide: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

24th January 2014

A visit to one of Australia’s most historic wine regions will reward both wine lovers and fun lovers alike, says Tyson Stelzer.

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Decanter travel guide: Uco Valley, Argentina

17th January 2014

It’s remoteness is part of its charm. Anthony Rose heads into the foothills of the Andes to explore the back-to-nature delights of Argentina.

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Chile's boutique hotels

16th January 2014

From Relais & Chateaux luxury to family-run guest houses, Chile’s hotel scene is more dynamic, and eclectic, than ever. Regular visitor Peter Richards MW recommends where to stay in the wine regions.

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Decanter travel guide: Peloponnese, Greece

19th July 2013

Remote vineyards and ancient monuments make this region the ideal destination for a wine-lovers’ road trip. Just don’t forget to fill up, says Sarah Jane Evans MW

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Decanter travel guide: Etruscan Riviera, Italy

5th July 2013

Luciana Lynch explores a stretch of the Maremma coast where Super Tuscans rub shoulders with Etruscan remains. Dodge the steelworks and catch the sunset...

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Decanter travel guide: Mâconnais, Burgundy

14th June 2013

Discover the real France of farmers' markets, Burgundian cooking, country B&Bs and small producers passionate about their vineyards, says Sue Style.

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Decanter travel guide: Washington State

5th April 2013

The Walla Walla AVA in the eastern part of this state offers superb festivals, dining and touring options, says Paul Gregutt. Read the full guide to Washington State, including the best wineries...

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Wine lover's guide to Paris

8th March 2013

From the hottest new venues to established favourites, Parisian Patricia Courcoux Lepic highlights the best spots in the city for wine lovers. Plan your itinerary, pack a map and squeeze in with...

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Decanter travel guide: Loire Valley, France

15th February 2013

Fancy a Sleeping Beauty château with your crottin? Fiona Sims picks some of the food and wine highlights of the Central and Upper Loire.

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Wachau valley

Decanter travel guide: Wachau

11th January 2013

Discover much more than just great wines from steep-terraced vineyards. Jason Turner takes the short trip from Vienna to explore this stunning riverside region.

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Decanter travel guide: World heritage wine regions

28th September 2012

Wine is one of mankind’s greatest traditions, bringing man closer to the land over thousands of years. On the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, Katie Kelly Bell looks at...

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Decanter travel guide: Beaujolais, France

14th September 2012

Verdant hills, elegant châteaux and ever more serious wines make this stunning region well worth a detour from neighbouring Burgundy, says Sue Style. Read the full guide to Beaujolais, including...

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Decanter travel guide: Rioja, Spain

30th August 2012

From avant-garde architecture to outdoor pursuits and culinary delights, this area of northern Spain is a traveller’s paradise, discovers Sarah Jane Evans MW. Taken from the April 2011 issue.

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Decanter travel guide: Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

24th August 2012

Carla Capalbo finds the moody landscape of rolling vineyards a picturesque backdrop to the Barolo, truffles, pasta and other regional delights on offer here. Published in Decanter's September 2011...

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Decanter travel guide: Friuli, Italy

17th August 2012

With sea and mountain vistas and diverse local foods, this north- eastern corner of Italy makes an ideal spot for relaxed, uncrowded wine touring, says Carla Capalbo. Published in the Decanter...

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Decanter travel guide: Champagne, France

8th August 2012

Apart from the famous wines, this region is rich with world heritage sites, history and art. Giles Fallowfield bases himself in Reims for a busy long weekend. Read the full guide to Champagne,...

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Decanter travel guide: Oregon, US

8th August 2012

Gourmet food, sensational wines and the chance to mingle with winemakers – Fiona Beckett is in heaven at Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration. Read the full guide to Oregan, including the...

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Finger Lakes

Decanter travel guide: Finger Lakes, New York

3rd August 2012

A hidden gem of a wine region with stunning scenery, down-to earth hospitality, diverse outdoor activities – and plenty to eat and drink, says Howard G Goldberg. Published in the June 2011 issue.

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Decanter travel guide: Baden, Germany

2nd August 2012

Hot springs, outdoor sports, delicious local produce and Pinot-based wines make this pretty corner of Germany a real draw, discovers Sue Style. Published in the June 2012 issue.

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Decanter travel guide: Florence, Italy

2nd August 2012

For aesthetes and gourmands alike, a visit to Florence – capital of Italy’s Tuscan wine region – is a must, says Victoria Daskal. Published in the Decanter August 2011 issue.

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Decanter travel guide: Provence, France

11th July 2012

The sunny south is more than just celebrities, cocktails and yachts. Mary Dowey finds towns steeped in art, history, gourmet produce – and, of course, plenty of wine. Read the full guide to...

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Romantic destinations for wine lovers

10th 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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