Texas to Bordeaux: Best holidays for wine lovers

We've pulled together the best trips for wine lovers.

May is officially Aussie Wine Month, so what better excuse to raise a glass and celebrate!

Of course, if you're serious about wine, it's not just Australia producing the goods.

There are plenty of international trips that will impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.

France may still be king when it comes to wine production, but there's a whole host of new kids on the blocks in surprising areas.

If you like wine and travel, you’ll love these three holiday experiences.

Bordeaux to Dordogne biking trip


This Butterfield & Robinson tour is the ultimate journey through a wine lover’s paradise, with almost daily wine tastings, as well as succulent gastronomic experiences and some of France’s best biking.

The trip begins in Bordeaux with a drive south to the vineyards of Entre Deux Mers, where travellers will set off on a lush rails-to-trails bike path, stopping at a favourite local bistro for lunch.

Dinner is of course accompanied by wine, grown within arm’s reach of the table.  If that’s not enough, the group also gets the chance to explore the Right Bank, ancestral home of the world’s best Merlots and a hands-on experience at a local family-run winery. 

Discover Texas Hill Country’s burgeoning wine region

Texas may not be the first place you think of when it comes to wine, but the state’s beautiful Hill Country is a burgeoning wine region that will impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.

Fredericksburg is the epicentre of the Texas Hill Country Wine Region, with more than 40 wineries and wine tasting rooms in the area, a walkable urban wine trail and more than a dozen wine tour companies calling Fredericksburg home.

In fact, Texas Hill Country took the number eight position on the Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in the US’ list, which noted the wine region as one of "the US destinations you need to see in 2017".

Discover some of the area’s best wineries on a Cellar Rat Wine Tour, hosted by true experts in grape growing and wine-making.

Itineraries can comprise of three or four stops, including but not limited to Lewis Wines, Becker Vineyards and William Chris Vineyards.

Starting at US$150 (AUD$202) for three stops including tastings, lunch and taxes this is a relaxed and interesting way to discover Texas Hill Country.

Flavours of France in the South Pacific

It’s no secret that France is home to some of the best wines in the world, and luckily you don’t have to travel all the way there to get a sample of their finest.

Just a three-hour flight away, at the heart of the pacific is New Caledonia, where white sandy beaches and palm fringed waters will amaze you at every turn, but that is not all there is to it.

The capital, Noumea, is a French oasis and is guaranteed to seduce you with an unlimited choice of excellent quality French wines and champagnes.

Whether you are looking for a crisp white in the sunshine or a full-bodied red to go with the local venison, the wide variety will please any wine enthusiast.

Travellers can work their way through the extensive wine menus at one of the many restaurants, or perhaps get a true Parisian feel by picking up a bottle from the local supermarket and pairing it back with a picnic of French cheeses, warm baguettes or fresh delicacies from the local markets.

French wines never tasted better than when served with a tropical twist, New Caledonia style.

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