Everyone needs to visit a stunning vineyard at least once in their lifetime.

Here, we have curated a list of the world’s most exclusive wine destinations to plan your next trip. These vineyards are not only renowned for their reds, whites, sparkling, and rosé, but also for their picturesque estates nestled among rolling hills and lush green valleys.

Since it is not the best time to travel right now owing to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, you can bookmark these places for a future adventure.

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Most stunning vineyards in the world

Montes Wines, Chile

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Located in the heart of picturesque Apalta, the Montes estate was designed using the principles of Feng Shui. Their goal is to produce luxury wines while being socially responsible, protecting the biodiversity in the region and supporting the local community. Viña Montes offers tours to explore the vineyards, and while there, we highly recommend dining at the Fuegos de Apalta restaurant (operated by one of Argentina’s most famous chefs, Francis Mallmann), located in the middle of the estate. Guests can also try their Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, the first wine they created here, which was also recognised as the first premium wine from Chile. Fun fact: You can also spot llamas and sheep grazing in their Marchigüe vineyards.

Montes S.A., Apalta Winery, Parcela 15 – Millahue de Apalta, Santa Cruz – Chile. Find out more here.

Sula Vineyards, India

Sula Vineyards is located in the grape capital of India, Nasik, where 80 percent of the country’s wine is produced. They produce one of India’s finest wines through sustainable viticulture and organise a vineyard music festival called SulaFest every year. Enjoy their delectable wines — red, white, sparkling, and rosé — at their own (and the country’s first) luxury vineyard resort called Beyond, which boasts an infinity pool, spa, gym, and restaurant.

Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, Off, Gangapur-Savargaon Rd, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222. Find out more here.

Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina

Named the “World’s Best Vineyard” in 2019 and 2020 (by The World’s Best Vineyards Academy, comprising over 500 leading wine aficionados and sommeliers), this wine estate is nestled in the foothills of the Andes at a high altitude of 3,609ft (1,100m) above sea level. The ultra-modern winery is an architectural feat, made of natural stones and cement, where visitors can learn about the process of winemaking and take guided tasting tours. We also recommend enjoying the four-course lunch at the Piedra Infinita Cocina restaurant there, which offers a seasonal menu and wines for pairing, along with picturesque views of the Andes. Guests can also try the Emma Zuccardi Bonarda wine, made from the indigenous grapes of Argentina.

Costa Canal Uco s/n – Paraje Altamira, San Carlos, Mendoza, Argentina. Find out more here.

Hatten Wines, Indonesia

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The first winery in Bali, Hatten Wines is famous for their fresh, signature rosé that’s served chilled. Their locally grown grapes are considered among the best in the region, owing to the warmth of the sun, soil rich in nutrients, and plenty of spring water. You can enjoy a wine tasting at the vineyard’s Cellar Door, a private dining room and wine education centre. Some other wines they produce are Two Islands and Dragonfly Moscato (made from Australian grapes), and Brem, a Balinese rice wine.

Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.393, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Denpasar City, Bali 80228, Indonesia. Find out more here.

Aythaya Vineyard, Myanmar

Myanmar’s first vineyard is located in the Inle Lake area, and they only grow noble grape varieties for their wine. The high altitude paired with abundant rainfall is ideal for producing great quality wines, especially their house whites. Some of their signature wines include Aythaya Red, Aythaya Rosé, and Aythaya White. The estate is perfect for a romantic getaway — after a long day of touring the vineyards and wine tasting, you can book a room at the Monte Divino Lodge, and enjoy dinner with a beautiful view at the Sunset Wine Garden restaurant, which serves European cuisine.

Htone Bo, Taunggyi 11181, Myanmar. Find out more here.

Bodega Garzón, Uruguay

This is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified winery in South America. They focus mainly on Uruguay’s flagship grape, Tannat (for reds), and also produce other grape varieties such as Albariño, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and others. You can be part of the exclusive Garzón Club to access special experiences such as winemaking seminars, private dining at the Bodega Garzón Restaurant, and privileged access to the Bulgheroni Family Portfolio wineries around the world. They also host some non-wine related activities such as hiking, equestrianism, hot-air balloon rides and picnics across the sprawling vineyards.

9 km. 175, Garzón, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay. Find out more here.

Monsoon Valley, Thailand

The Monsoon Valley vineyard in Hua Hin was once home to wild Asian elephants. As a result, today one can find some of these elephants roaming the vineyards — they help in the cultivation process. Some of the varieties of wines of note include the Shiraz, Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Dornfelder and Sangiovese. Apart from the usual wine tasting and tours, you can participate in unique activities such as mountain biking, a wine safari (which takes visitors wildlife watching at the Kuiburi National Park), and visiting elephants at the Baan Khok Chang Elephant Sanctuary. Onsite, they also have a flagship restaurant called The Sala Wine Bar and Bistro, which serves European cuisine as well as Thai dishes, paired with their vineyard wines.

1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana NongPlup HuaHin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77110. Find out more here.

Robert Mondavi Winery, US

Situated in wine country Napa Valley, the To Kalon vineyard (planted in 1868) produces some of the world’s finest Cabernet, as well as Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Owner Robert Mondavi created his signature Fumé Blanc from the latter, which is known for its bright and fruity flavours. Guests can enjoy an in-depth winery tour and a walk through the vineyards and cellars, before the guided wine tasting. However, in order to get the best of the Mondavi experience, one must participate in the Four Decades Dinner, which allows you to taste vintage wines from each of the last four decades, followed by a four-course dinner.

7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562, United States. Find out more here.

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