With such an extensive array of wine landscapes on earth, it is difficult to choose just five. However, in addition to the quality of their wines, some regions offer absolutely breathtaking scenery.
The Douro Valley with its terraced vineyards, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, certainly deserves to rank high up on the list. The Douro offers a highly emotional experience for visitors, not to mention its wines, ranging from the traditional Port, which made it famous, through to its still wines.
The Stellenbosch region, in South Africa, is also well endowed when it comes to spectacular scenery. Wine critic Jancis Robinson describes it as the most beautiful region in the world. It is probably also the country’s best wine producing area. Located in the foothills of the Stellenbosch mountains, vineyards are planted on hillsides rising to up to 600m above sea level.
The Mosel in Germany, the spiritual home of the white variety Riesling, offers a succession of vineyards planted on steep cliffs overlooking the river.
In France, as in Italy, making a choice is challenging but perhaps Provence boasts the most dramatic landforms and the greatest colour contrasts with vineyards growing alongside fields of lavender, sunflowers and poppies.
In Italy, Tuscany ranks first, particularly the Chianti wine region. Surrounded by cypress trees and silver-hued olive groves, vines here produce red wine from Sangiovese which is famous the world over.