18 Best Wine Regions in Europe for Wine Lovers

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Visiting wine regions in Europe is a dream for every wine connoisseur. Stunningly exquisite vineyards, warm and sunny weather, enchanting hillsides, and good food define these top wine regions.

If you’re a wine lover and want to see these European wine regions for yourself, we want to help you plan a vacation to some of the best wine destinations in Europe – think Italy, Spain, and France – that will leave you dazzled with their perfection and uniqueness.

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Vineyard in France

Europe has some of the best vineyards in the world. You’ll love what you see, believe me! There are actually dozens of wine regions, so picking one is next to impossible. Read on below to see some options. Hopefully you’ll be inspired.

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What are the Best Wine Regions in Europe?

This list can be subjective, especially among wine lovers who have a favorite type of wine they’re loyal to, so these regions are not listed in any particular order. You can decide for yourself which you love the most.

Champagne Region, France

Champagne France
Champagne France

One of the most famous wine regions in Europe, Champagne is an ideal destination for a day trip from Paris, but there are many Champagne houses to explore in both Reims and Epernay, where you’ll find prestigious names like Veuve Clicquot and Tattinger.

The Champagne region was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a major draw for tourism to the area, along with the beautiful rolling hillsides full of vineyards.

⇒ Use Rue des Vignerons (a free booking service) to make your wine tasting appointments in the Champagne region

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Piedmont Wine Region, Italy (aka Piemonte)

vineyards of alto piemonte
Piemonte Vineyards

The famous wine growing region of Piedmont is located in the northwestern corner of Italy. You cannot miss visiting Piedmont for its famous red wines that include Barolo and Barbaresco, made from the Nebbiolo grape.

If you are looking for rich whites, then Cortese, Arneis, and Erbaluce are here for you.

Most of the grape production takes place on the slopes of the Apennines in the foothills of the Alps, but there is some lighter more acidic wines being made further north in Gattinara and the Alto Piemonte region.

Visiting this picturesque region can be the best way to understand more about the famous Italian wines and to taste them alongside the foods that make this region so rich in gastronomic pleasures.

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Barolo Wine and Food Tasting at Piedmont Region Winery

Bordeaux Wine Region, France


Bordeaux is known, informally, as the wine capital of the world. There is an enthralling combination of history, medieval culture, and good food and wine that makes Bordeaux a prime destination for wine lovers.

If you stayed in Bordeaux for a full week of wine tasting, you would still feel that you only scratched the surface.

You’ll want to save time to explore all of the famous regions, including Medoc, Graves, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, and the Sauternes region that produces amazing sweet white wine.

⇒ Read our full guide to wine tasting in Bordeaux.

⇒ Use Rue des Vignerons (a free booking service) to make your wine tasting appointments in Bordeaux

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Burgundy Wine Region, France (aka Bourgogne)

Vineyards of Burgundy
Driving through the vineyards of Burgundy

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fans love the Burgundy (Bourgogne) wine region in France. As one of the main regions for Old World wine, Burgundy is steeped in history.

The narrow valley in eastern France runs along a steep mountain range from Dijon in the north to Lyon in the south, encompassing several famous sub-regions:

  • Côte d’Auxerre (Chablis)
  • Côte de Nuits
  • Côte de Beaune
  • Côte Chalonnaise
  • Mâconnais
  • Beaujolais

In this region, terroir is taken very seriously and labels are given to designate between the most prestigious plots of land, from Grand Cru vineyards to village-specific appellations.

The wines produced in the best plots in Burgundy can bring in top dollar and is considered to be some of the most prestigious wine in France.

Tours you may enjoy:

⇒ Use Rue des Vignerons (a free booking service) to make your wine tasting appointments in Burgundy

Savoie Wine Region, France

Vineyards of Savoie
Vineyards of Savoie (photo by Savored Journeys)

A smaller, lesser known wine region in France is the Savoie, stretching from Geneva, Switzerland down to the region surrounding Chambery, France. The vineyards of Savoie are often planted on very steep slopes.

The region produces mostly white wines from the Altesse and Roussanne grapes, but you can also find the unique red Mondeuse, Pinot Noir, and Gamay.

While wine tasting is the goal, a trip to Savoie also affords incredible views and opportunities for outdoor activities, like hiking, paragliding, and winter skiing.

⇒ Read our guide on the Savoie wine region.

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Puglia Wine Region, Italy

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Puglia is one of Italy’s main wine region, located in the heel of the country. If you’re a Primitivo fan, you’ve probably already tasted wines from this region, as it’s most well known for its Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes.

The region also has some very good white wines made from Falanghina, Verdeca and Muscat. Within the Puglia wine region, there are 25 DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), where you’ll find up to 200 wineries.

The region is vast and covers a lot of area, so unless you’ve got a lot of time, it’ll be difficult to cover it all. We recommend settling into one region that interests you the most, which is what we did.

Read our guide on visiting wineries in and around the Gioia del Colle DOC area.

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Douro Valley Wine Region, Portugal

The Douro Valley with its steep hills and terraced vineyards.
The Douro Valley with its steep hills and terraced vineyards. (Photo by Savored Journeys)

The Douro Valley is another UNESCO-listed world heritage site and one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The stunning views along the Douro Valley have helped establish it as a premier wine destination.

Nowhere else will you find vineyards growing on such steep slopes along the river as in the Douro Valley. There are wine houses located all along the river, and they’re very easy to visit.

Of course, the region is also known for its Port wines, but much of the Port is aged in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from Porto. If you’re going for a wine tasting trip in Portugal, definitely spend time in both Porto and the Douro Valley.

⇒ Read our full guides to wine tasting in the Douro Valley and Vila Nova de Gaia. And check out our guide for where to stay while you’re there.

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La Rioja Wine Region, Spain

Winery in Rioja Spain
La Rioja valley

The foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains are home to more than five hundred wineries. From lovely family-owned vineyards to major industrial wineries that pump out millions of bottles of wine per year. 

The Rioja region is well known for its Tempranillo wines that are aged and sold at just the right drinking age to be properly enjoyed. The area is very easy to get around and is the perfect spot for wine lovers who want to get away from the city and see the countryside.

In the autumn, the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and yellow on the vines, making the fields of vineyards look on fire.

⇒ Read our full guide to wine tasting in Rioja, Spain, and the La Rioja wine capital, Haro. Then check out these 7 top wine regions in Spain.

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Loire Valley Wine Region, France

Sancerre in the Loire Valley
Sancerre in the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is quite a bit bigger than I would have expected. It spans 280 kilometers along a stretch of the Loire River in central France, with the biggest city being Tours.

The whole area encompassed within the Loire Valley is around 800 kilometers. As a wine tourist, you could do there multiple times and never see the same things or visit the same wineries twice.

The Loire Valley wine region is one of the most well known in the world’s. It’s made up of many separate sub regions, including the Muscadet, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé regions, along with others like Vouvray, Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, and Chinon.

The grapes most characteristic of this area are Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc with some Melon de Bourgogne. It’s an easy region to get to from Paris, making it a great place for a long weekend or romantic getaway.

The area also boasts some incredible castles that you’ll want to build into your itinerary.

⇒ Read our full guide on Loire Valley Chateaux to Visit in France.

⇒ Book a private tour to the wineries of Loire Valley.

⇒ Use Rue des Vignerons (a free booking service) to make your wine tasting appointments in the Loire Valley

Tuscany Wine Region, Italy

Tuscany, Italy vineyards
Tuscany, Italy vineyards

The countryside of Tuscany is made up of towns and cities built atop towering hills that pop up along the landscape. Lush green vineyards create the amazing view that extends as far as the eye can see.

It is one of Italy’s most famous wine regions, and wine connoisseurs flock to Tuscany for the chance to be in the middle of such an enchanted place, to take cooking classes, to do some wine tasting, and to taste authentic olive oil.

There are multiple sub-regions within Tuscany that are well known on their own, like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Montepulciano. Due to the hilltop towns and small roadways between, you would need quite a bit of time to visit and explore all three of these sub regions. Here’s where to stay while you’re there.

⇒ Read our full guide to wine tasting in Chianti, Italy.

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Catalonia Wine Region, Spain

La Vinyeta winery near Peralada
La Vinyeta winery near Peralada (Photo by Savored Journeys)

Catalonia has many different regions, each having its own identity when it comes to wines. Catalonia is one of the oldest wine producing regions in Spain, and its long history is now being celebrated by new winemakers who dream of merging the old wine traditions with the new to produce incredible wines.

There are 10 designated wine regions in Catalonia and they stretch for about 90 miles to the north and to the south of Barcelona, along the coastline and about as many miles inland.

It’s a vast region that deserves to be explored in sections. The primary red grape varietals used in Catalonia are Garnacha and Carignan, though many others are used in blends. Catalonia is also known for its production of cava, the sparkling wine of Spain.

⇒ Read our full guide to wine tasting in the Emporda wine region of Catalonia.

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Mosel Wine Region, Germany

Mosel Valley in Germany
Mosel Valley in Germany

The Mosel is the 3rd-largest wine producer in Germany, but is often considered one of the most prestigious. Wander through the wine-scented, cobblestone lanes of Mosel and get an opportunity to discover what these wine villages have to offer.

Its popular wines are mostly made from Riesling grapes and are known for having a scent of spring blossoms, a pale color, and a fruity acidity. The Mosel wine region is very interesting in that it comprises three wine areas along the valley.

The Mosel River has two tributaries, each with its own grape growing area – the Saar and Ruwer rivers. While its classified as one geographical region, each of the three areas imparts a different terroir to the wine.

Istria Wine Region, Croatia

Croatia's Istrian vineyards
Croatia’s Istrian vineyards (Photo: Tim Ertl)

The wineries in Istria are usually small, family-owned operations, and they don’t produce large quantities of wine, which is likely why you haven’t tried it before. 

The best way to try and understand Croatian wine is to make a visit to the Istria Wine Region and visit the best wineries. This region is located on the northwest peninsula of Croatia, though parts of the Istria region spill into bordering Slovenia and Italy.

The main grapes you’ll find in Istria are Malvasia Istriana, a white grape that makes a fresh, fruity wine, and Teran, which makes a rich, earthy red.

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Santorini Wine Region, Greece

Boutari's lineup of the typical wines in the Santorini
Boutari’s lineup of the typical wines in the Santorini (Photo by Savored Journeys)

This spectacular island is serving the world with its fine wine since the middle ages. Santorini uses a unique wine-growing technique, called koulara, that protect the grapes from strong winds and allows them to soak up what little water is available from the porous volcanic soil.

The island’s flagship grape is Assyrtiko, a strong, bold white grape used in many single-varietal and blended wines in Santorini. It is unique to the island. You’ll also find Nykteri (another white), and Vinsanto, which is the island’s sweet white wine.

⇒ Read our full guide to wine tasting in Santorini.

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Lavaux Wine Region, Switzerland

The Lavaux wine region overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland
The Lavaux wine region overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland

Another hidden wine gem is the Lavaux region in Switzerland, also called the Swiss Wine Route of Switzerland.

The vineyards of this UNESCO-listed area are planted on terraces between Lausanne and Montreux. There are stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps from the steeply sloped vineyards.

This is a stunning area for walking. You can plan a route that takes you from one end of the wine region to the other, stopping off at a number of wineries along the way. Those views are definitely worth it!

Rhone Valley Wine Region, France

Rhône Valley – Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CC2.0 image by Megan Mallen)

Rhone Valley is a little slice of paradise for wine connoisseurs. Wandering through its rugged hillside, where Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, and Beaumes-de-Venise are produced, feels surreal.

The area is divided into two main sub regions – the northern and southern Rhone. The northern sub-region produces red wines with the Syrah grape, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes.

The southern sub-region produces many different blends of reds, whites and roses. The Rhone Valley is where the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape is made.

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⇒ Use Rue des Vignerons (a free booking service) to make your wine tasting appointments in the Rhone Valley

Tokaj-Hegyalja Region, Hungary

Tokaji Aszu wines from Hungary
Tokaji Aszu wines from Hungary

The Tokaj wine region can be found in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia.

This lovely wine region is where the world’s oldest botrytized wine originated, known as Tokaji aszú wine. Botrytis, or noble rot, is a beneficial type of fungus that grows on grapes and produces a really nice sweet wine.

Furmint and Hárslevelü are two grape varietals that have been growing in the region for centuries. These and four others: Yellow Muscat, Kabar, Kövérszőlő, and Zéta, are the only grape varieties officially permitted to be used in the region.

Taking a tour of the huge cellars at this UNESCO World Heritage site is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

⇒ Read our guide on the top wine regions of Hungary.

Rhineland Pfalz Wine Region, Germany

Rhineland Pfalz wine region in Germany
Rhineland Pfalz wine region in Germany

Tucked away in the Moselle and Rhine valleys, Rhineland-Palatinate is the second-largest wine region in Germany and attracts local and international tourist looking to experience the German wine route.

The wines here are primarily dry white wines, although there are over 22 varieties of grapes that are officially allowed, so the variety is immense.

Winemaking and just generally enjoying wine are a way of life in this part of Germany. There are many wine festivals throughout the year celebrating it, which makes for great opportunities to go there and try them yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions on European Wine Regions

What is the best time to visit wine regions in Europe?

The best time to visit wine regions varies, but generally, the grape harvest season (typically late summer to early autumn) offers a unique experience with vibrant vineyards and winemaking activities. However, each region may have its own optimal time based on climate and grape varieties.

How can I plan a wine tour in European wine regions?

Start by researching the specific regions you want to visit, plan your itinerary, and consider hiring a local guide or joining a wine tour to enhance your experience. Many wineries offer tastings and tours, so it’s advisable to make reservations in advance.

Are there any wine festivals or events in European wine regions?

Yes, many wine regions host festivals and events celebrating their local wines. For example, Bordeaux hosts “Bordeaux Fête le Vin,” and Tuscany has the “Vino Nobile Wine Festival.” Check the local event calendar when planning your visit.


As you can see, there are many lovely wine regions throughout Europe to enjoy – both well-known and lesser-known ones. Having a chance to go there, walk through the vineyards and cellars yourself, and taste the wine from its origin is an experience you must have as a wine lover.

We hope you’ll make it to all of these European wine regions, as well as other wine regions around the world. Do check out our many other wine guides.

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18 Best Wine Regions in Europe for Wine Lovers

10 thoughts on “18 Best Wine Regions in Europe for Wine Lovers

  1. Agness of a Tuk Tuk says:

    As a passionate wine lover, these regions are the perfect travel destinations for me. I would especially love to go to the Douro Valley and taste the Porto wine. 🙂

    • Alex says:

      If you are a connoisseur of good natural wines then, yes, it is worth it. Expensive wines have their own characteristics, and they are also made from real grapes, thanks to which they have useful properties.

  2. Deb says:

    Great post! We’re headed to Spain soon and I’m happy to see Catalonia up there! We’re really looking forward to trying out a new wine region.

  3. Denise Brownell says:

    Great overview! I’ve visited a couple of them already, and planning a Mediterranean trip next fall…….maybe we can squeeze in another! We have booked flights into Milan already, and Piedmont is intriguing me.

  4. Barbara says:

    I am wine lover and i like the red wine in grapes flavor buy, i never saw any vineyards because in near my city no any man cultivated a wine. So many times i hear about Europe vineyards and Italy vineyards. These are the famous in vineyards. Now I really looking forward to trying out a new wine region 🙂

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I’m sure you’d love any of the wine regions listed here. We’ve been to all of them and highly recommend!

  5. Dubai visa for indians says:

    These places have not only the fine winery but also have a countryside vibe to them.The images here are Great.

  6. Priya Singh says:

    It was nice reading your blog. Marvelous work!. A blog is brilliantly written and provides all necessary information I really like this site.

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