In Vino Veritas? We agree. If you fancy yourself an amateur wine connoisseur, and love traversing terrains by train, this is the definitive article for you. Europe is the quintessential destination for Wine lovers the world over and has diverse varieties of wine offer. So arm yourself with a Eurail pass, a good map, and make sure to buy euros online much before you leave, for the early bird usually gets the best euro exchange rate!
Porto and the Douro Valley, Portugal
Ever wondered where the term “Port” Wine originated from? You got it! Portugal. If you want the real deal and are looking for authentic port wine, head to the city of Porto where much of the drink is fermented. The grapes used to produce these sweet red wines are grown along northern Portugal’s Douro River. And the railway line along the Douro, from Porto to Pocinho, takes you right through it with several remarkable bridges and tunnels dotting the way.
If you are a fan of Barolo and Barbaresco wines, head to Piemonte, in the northwest part of Italy. Nebbiolo grapes dominate here and boast of deep tannins and a long life. Get to Asti and Alba, the two main cities in this wine region, by trains from Turin and sometimes require no reservation or fee to travel in!
Bordeaux, southwest of France, is its largest wine-producing and boasts of having a history of fermenting grapes into fine wines since as far back as the eighth century. To explore Bordeaux, head to Saint-Émilion, a town which is easily accessible by regional rail from Bordeaux city and has several historical attractions to visit, in addition to vineyards.
Who’s fourth in European wine production? Why Germany of course! With its efficient rail network, it’s easy to get around the many wine regions of Germany, especially Mosel.Take the riverside train ride between Cochem and Koblenz which is breathtakingly scenic and they also make for good bases to explore the Mosel wine region.
Aah! Tuscany has been portrayed and re-portrayed in subtle RomComs and mainstream Hollywood alike. It always evokes images of vineyards on rolling hills, cypress lined avenues and elaborate outdoor lunches. The most famous wine regions here are Chianti, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Brunello di Montalcino. Use the rail network between Florence and Siena to get to these villages.
Moravia, Czech Republic
Moravia is a region on Czech Republic’s where wine trumps beer. Take a train from Vienna, Austria and in a mere 90 minutes, you find yourself in southern Moravia. Start with Znojmo, a good town to get yourself oriented with Czech wines and history! Before you take off on this enchanting wine tour though, make sure you buy euros in india, online via prepaid card, so that you have the option of reloading it on the go, every time you run out of Forex.
Yes, Hungary! Did you know it has more than a thousand years of winemaking experience and that there are 22 wine regions in the country? Hungary’s best-known wine region is Tokaj-Hegyalja, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. Try its full-bodied sweet dessert wine, Tokaji Aszú, and all it take is a mere 3-4 hour train ride from Budapest to get to its place of production.