Best Wine Regions to Visit in 2020
And the wines to buy if you can’t buy plane tickets to all of them.
We asked some of the top wine experts in the U.S. to share where they’re going in the New Year. From South Africa to Italy, their recommendations for the best wine regions in the world to visit in 2020 don’t disappoint. And while oenophiles will love these interesting destinations, there’s also plenty to do outside the vineyards.
Right in the center of northern Italy, not far from the chic boutiques and elegant restaurants of Milan, you’ll find the small wine-producing area of Franciacorta, where some of the best Italian sparkling wines are made. “It’s Italy’s best-kept secret!” says Kat Hawkins, the beverage manager and sommelier at Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago. “People always talk about Champagne, but the wines in Franciacorta are made in the same style, the classic method, using chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot blanc grapes—standing in for pinot meunier, more commonly used in the Champagne region. You’re getting really high-quality wines at a fraction of the price.” North of Milan, the alpine valley of Valtellina is also emerging as a nebbiolo wine hub, with dry, fruit-forward reds that are rivaling those of neighboring Piedmont, famous for nebbiolo-based Barolo and Barbaresco. Visit Lombardy in the spring, when temperatures are pleasant and everything is waking up, or in the fall to catch harvest season at its peak.