6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List

6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List

Sipping under the sun, surrounded by the world’s best wines is the only kind of vacation we’re looking forward to this year.

6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List, Aishwarya Nair Mathew

We had a chat with wine aficionado Aishwarya Nair Mathew, a professional sommelier and wine director who gave us an insight into the world of wine and an expert’s point of view on must-visit vineyards around the world.

Currently based in Singapore, Aishwarya consults with private acquisition of wine for connoisseurs, world over. She also happens to be the only woman in India to have been felicitated with a Diploma d’honneur (an honorary diploma ) by the region of Champagne and is a a Chevalier du Tastevin, an exclusive bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy.

Before jumping into Aishwarya’s bucket list, she breaks down New World and Old World Wines for us:

New World Wine

Wines that come from previously colonized countries that borrowed winemaking traditions and techniques from other countries to kickstart their own.

Country of Origin: United States of America, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Australia and South Africa.

Old World Wine

Where winemaking traditions first originated and places where wines, grapes, and winemakers, were exported into other countries. Essentially the birthplaces of wine.

Country of Origin: Europe and the Middle East, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Croatia, Georgia, Romania, Hungary and Switzerland.

Here are her recommendations:

Old World Wine

Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Burgundy, France

6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Burgundy, France

An estate in Burgundy, France that produces red and white wine – this estate takes its name from a famous vineyard Romanée-Contee, a vineyard known for its red wine, with Pinot Noir as the primary grape variety.

Best Time to Visit: May

Bottle to Take Home: La Tâche

Chateaux Margaux, Bourdeaux, France

Chateaux Margaux, Bourdeaux, France, 6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List

Located in the Médoc region, Château Margaux is a wine-growing estate of Bordeaux Wine. Chateau Margaux is one of the few vineyards to have remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

Best Time to Visit: May

Bottle to Take Home: Château Margaux (Premier Grand Cru Classé) white and red.

Gaja, Piemonte, Italy

6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List, Gaja, Piemonte, Italy

From the Piemonte region in northwestern Italy, Gaja is a winery that has transformed winemaking in Italy with their radical innovations. Producing some of the most collectible labels worldwide, Gaja aims to produce wines that reflect tradition and culture.

Best Time to Visit: September

Bottle to Take Home: Gaja Barbaresco DOCG

New World Wine

Opus one vineyard, California, United States

Opus one vineyard, California, United States, Opus one vineyard, California, United States

A Winery located in Oakville, California, United States, Opus One is a joint venture between owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and the famous Napa Valley wine producer Robert Mondavi to combine both families’ winemaking traditions and innovations to create the perfect blend. A fusion between Napa Valley and Bordeaux, the Opus One Wine is one of the most prestigious worldwide.

Best Time to Visit: Late August

Bottle to Take Home: Opus one wine

Torbreck, Barossa Valley, Australia

6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List, Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina

A winery in the Barossa Valley, Australia, Torbreck is known for its wines made by emulating the styles of those in the Rhone Valley using various white and red grapes. Their vision is to pay homage to the vineyards of the Barossa valley, home to some of the oldest vines.

Best Time to Visit: January

Bottle to Take Home: The Steading Blanc

Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina, 6 Must-visit Vineyards from a Wine Expert’s Bucket List

Located in Mendoza, Argentina, Catena Zapata is a family owned winery known for its full-bodied red wines. It is also recognized for its pyramid-like design based on Mayan architecture.

Best Time to Visit: April

Bottle to Take Home: Catena Zapata  Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay