What’s on your travel bucket list to drink? We’ve got 5 must visit destinations for drink lovers to kick-start your travel adventures.We’re not referring to afternoon tea, but instead, the spirits, wine, and beer that make all foodies giddy with joy. And where do you travel for the best tasting experience for those adult beverages?
Now, we all know that traveling is pretty fun, but there is one aspect of it that can make it all the more enjoyable. When in a beautiful destination, what’s better than toasting with the best local drink? Some travel destinations call a local beer their signature drink. While others are the fine wines of the region. Still, others are known for their whiskey or gin.
5 Must Visit Destinations for Drink Lovers
Across the world, some places have drinks that are famous the world over. If you find yourself in one of these destinations, then it would be rude not to sample what they have to offer. Below, we take a look at 5 must-visit destinations for drink lovers — and where in the world you need to visit if you want to sample the best of them.
1. For the Wine Lovers
If you’re a wine lover, then you’re in luck. Most of the world’s best wines are in stunningly beautiful must visit destinations for drink lovers.
You could head over to California and tour the state’s wine region.
Or you could travel over to South Africa and spend a week (okay — or two) touring the many delicious wineries that are located just outside of Cape Town.
For European wines, there’s really only two spots: Bordeaux and the surrounding region in the South of France, or Greece. You won’t regret it.
2. The Bourbon Trail
If you love American whiskey, then you owe it to yourself to hit the famous Bourbon Trail, which is located in Kentucky. Since 1770, generations of Kentuckians have continued the heritage and time-honored tradition of making fine Bourbon, unchanged from the process used by their ancestors centuries before.
In 1964, Congress officially recognized Bourbon’s place in the history of the United States by declaring it a distinctive product of the United States. Like the champagne of France and tequila of Mexico, Kentucky bourbon (America’s Official Native Spirit) is a time-honored tradition, with recipes that have been handed down for generations.
Today, the industry of Bourbon helps create 9,000 jobs, generates more than $125 million in tax revenue each year and is a growing international symbol of Kentucky craftsmanship and tradition. Bourbon tourism is skyrocketing too, with nearly 2.5 million visitors from all 50 states and 25 countries to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour in the last five years alone.
To explore this amazing area, book your accommodation at Sleep Inn and Suites – Shepherdsville. Located just a short ten-minute drive from the world famous Jim Beam Distillery, this must-visit destination is considered by many to be the best whiskey tour that money can buy.
3. Another Kind of Whiskey
There’s much more than just the famous whiskey tasting in Kentucky, too! If you want to try a type that’s completely different, head over to Ireland or Scotland.
Scotland is probably the world mecca for whiskey, and you’ll find ancient distilleries all over the country, some in areas so small you’ll wonder “why did they decide to build a distillery here?”
Of course, if you head over to Ireland then you’ll have plenty of whiskeys to try, along with one of the world’s most iconic drinks: Guinness. There’s nothing better than drinking a pint of the black stuff right in the heart of Dublin.
4. Craft Beer Extravaganza
All the drinks we’ve mentioned so far have a long history, but not all drinking trails are old. Some, in fact, are positively young. Take the craft beer revolution, which has exploded over the past decade and is only expected to grow in the future.
You can find great craft beer all over the states, from Oregon to Brooklyn, and Colorado to Texas. You’ll have plenty of choices.
And when you travel abroad, you’ll also discover an amazing selection of craft beer (although many of these have been around for quite some time!).
5. London Gin
And then there’s gin, another drink that has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Like craft beer, you’ll find good gin everywhere. For the purist, there’s only one spot to visit: London. There are more than a dozen gin distilleries there!
Now, who’s thirsty? And did we miss any of your favorite must-visit destinations for drink lovers?