If there’s one thing that should stimulate travels abroad, it has to be alcohol (or food). The world is filled with amazing wineries, breweries and distilleries, and for me at least a lot of them are on the bucket list. So if you’re stumped for choice, here are the best countries to visit, whatever your beverage taste might be.
Beer – Germany
With almost 100 different breweries across the country, it’s pretty obvious that Germany is the place to visit if you’re a beer fanatic. Germany brews some of the finest beer in the world, and it is even created to certain German laws, which means finding a dodgy brew is near impossible. Of course the best time of year to visit is September to October when Oktoberfest is in full swing in the city of Munich. The fest is an unmissable event and allows you to taste all the beer your heart desires.
White Wine – New Zealand
Nothing can surpass a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. With spectacular landscapes and a wide array of vineyards, it’s the perfect country to do a white wine tasting tour. Head to Marlborough the city of wine in the warmer months (January to March) and enjoy some of the finest wines, preferably on a boast of some sort.
Red Wine – Italy
Ah, nothing says red wine country like a trip to Italy. From Tuscany to Rome you will find some of the most delicious (and cheap) red wine in the world. Be sure to sip on a Montepulciano or Sangiovese whilst gazing at the hills of Tuscany. The spring months are a great time to visit, cool enough to enjoy the wine and warm enough to drink it in the sun.
Sparkling Wine – France
This one is pretty obvious, right? Champagne is the region to go to for sparkling wine, so infamous that there’s a patent on the bubbles from the region. Sit amongst the rolling green hills and soak up the gorgeous architecture whilst sipping away on a Veuve Cliquot. What more do you want?
Tequilla – Mexico
Look no further that Mexico to find some of the best Tequila in the world. Even better, you’re sure to drink down the most authentic and delicious Tequila cocktails, from Margaritas in Tulum or a Paloma (tequila and grapefruit juice) in the heart of Mexico City. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try Mezcal, another agave based spirit unique to the vibrant country.
Rum – Barbados
Also the homeland of beloved Rihanna, Barbados is also famous for it’s delectable rum production. They enhance the woody flavours of a run by using whiskey and bourbon barrels and incorporate tropical flavours of banana and coconut. Enjoy on your rum on the ice or in cocktail form on the Barbadian beaches and soak up the serenity.
Vodka – Poland
Go beyond the borders of Russia and head to Poland to drink some of the most flavourful (and lethal) vodka in the world. Head to the Wodka Cafe Bar in Krakow, where you can taste all the vodka you could ever dream of. Needless to say you will probably spend most of your trip hungover.
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