The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

From the gorgeous scenery of South Africa’s Cape Winelands to France’s abundance of historic vineyards, the following prominent wine regions are among our favorite travel destinations for an unforgettable honeymoon getaway.

Cape Winelands, South Africa

Whether as a leisurely day trip from Cape Town, or a few days of solid R&R, the Cape Winelands are not to be missed. The Stellenbosch region was the first to create a formal route to access its now 200+ wine producers, and is dotted with boutique hotels, spa-like sanctuaries, fine-dining restaurants, and even informative museums which offer insight into the region’s deep history.

Nearby Franschhoek boasts beautiful landscapes, enriched with French Huguenot heritage, which is immediately evident in the region’s famed “Cap Classique” – the Cape’s take on Champagne. Its boho chic village is lined with bars and bistros, and a hop-on, hop-off wine tram makes traveling between estates a total joy.

Bordeaux, France

This world-renowned winemaking region is home to some of the most valuable and historic châteaux and vineyards (Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Lafite Rotschild).

With the Atlantic coast to the west, Medoc to the north, and Saint-Émilion to the east, Bordeaux is a perfect place from which to day-trip your way around France. It’s also the perfect gateway to Dordogne, the modern-day home of the ancient country of Perigord — filled with honey-colored medieval villages like Sarlat, more than 1,500 ancient castles, and even truffle markets (check out the stalls in Périgueux).

Image courtesy of The Vines of Mendoza

Uno Valley, Argentina

Argentina’s Uco Valley is one of those rare places that is able to produce quality wines at high altitudes, making it a world-famous region for Malbecs and other red wines. It’s also totally remote and relaxing.

To taste the terroir, post up at The Vines of Mendoza, a 22-villa resort in the foothills of the Andes. It’s set on a 1,500 acre working vineyard, with spa-style bathrooms, en-suite fire pits, and an on-site restaurant imagined by Francis Mallmann. The Argentine super-chef applies his open-flame cooking techniques to regional dishes that showcase Argentina’s famous beef, like four-hours roasted lamb with Anna potatoes and watercress salad.

Napa Valley, California

Northern California’s grape-growing region is widely recognized as one of the premier places in the world for wine production. All the while, it has steadily become one of America’s top honeymoon destinations thanks to its beautiful landscape, diversity of activities offered, charming small towns, phenomenal dining choices, high-class wine making facilities, and elite resorts and inns.

For an incredible day, start with a tour of wine country from above via Napa Valley Balloons. Next, head to Schramsberg Winery outside of Calistoga, famous for its sparking wines, caves and majestic views.

In the afternoon, visit beautiful Hall Vineyards high atop the hills in Rutherford for a private tour before dinner at The Rutherford Grill.

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is known for its Assyrtiko grapes, which produces some very distinct but excellent dry white wines. After checking in to your hotel at the elegant Perivolas Santorini, make your way to Santo Wines, an exceptional winery situated high atop the caldera cliffs just south of Fira.

Stop in for a wine and food tasting right before soaking in a brilliant Santorini sunset. The property also features a deli shop where couples can purchase an assortment of wines plus traditional food products like capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and fava beans.

 

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A Honeymoon in Napa Valley: Top 5 Things to Do (Besides Wine Tasting)

With gorgeous scenery, beautiful small towns, top-notch accommodations, and an endless activities list, California’s Napa Valley makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do (in between your wine tasting outings and vineyard visits, of course).

Hiking

Napa and Sonoma Counties offer more than just vineyards. Actually, they are both packed with wilderness as the unique topography gives way to foggy forests, petrified trees and crazy rock formations. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Sugarloaf State Park are both great places for exploring the backwoods.

Biking

The biking options in wine country are plentiful and highly recommended. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours for rental information and suggested routes. No matter if you’re a biking enthusiast or just a casual biker, there’s an itinerary available for you. Blaze past vineyards on backcountry roads or take the main drag through some of the beautiful small towns dotted throughout Napa Valley.

Hot Air Ballooning

After a few days of wine tasting, there’s nothing better than a tour of wine country by balloon. From lift off and landing to the views of the region (and even San Francisco on clear days) and the bird’s eye view of the vineyards, a trip to wine country isn’t complete without a hot air balloon tour.

Small Town Discoveries

Take a few days to explore the beautiful Napa Valley towns of Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. The relatively small size of these villages and proximity to each other make for a perfect day trip away from wine tasting. Each destination offers something a little bit different, but visitors can certainly still expect great dining, late night options, local shopping and boutiques, and unique galleries.

Spas

Northern California wine country is widely recognized as a top destination for spa treatments with sophisticated gems like Solage Calistoga and the Spa at Silverado. Experience invigorating massages, mineral baths, mud baths and a vast array of beauty and body treatments in a tranquil, one-of-a-kind setting.

 

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Photo by Sebastien Gabriel

The Top 5 Travel Snapchat Accounts

Wanderable is now officially on Snapchat! Check out our fav travel accounts now.

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Today is a good day. Wanderable has officially joined the world of Snapchat and we are all so excited to share all our adventures with you in real time. Read on for our take on the top 5 travel Snapchat accounts (plus don’t forget to follow us @wanderable)!

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5. jeromejarre

This 24 year old French jetsetter is well known for his appearance in a popular Vine video and can be found Snapping all of his adventures, no matter how big or small, and spreading numerous positive messages on the app as well. Jerome can also be found engaging his followers in various photo challenges. This is one account you are definitely going to want to follow.

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4. caseyneistat

This producer and filmmaker is anything but ordinary. He makes sure to snap his many adventures on the regular, filming in a way that makes his followers feel as though they are right there with him. Casey is one of the most well-known, and entertaining users on snapchat so you would be silly not to follow this travel guru. You may or may not develop a major case of wanderlust, and get a few laughs along the way.

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3. topdeck.travel

This tourism company has teamed up with YouTube legend, Jimmy Hill, and UK-based agency Thinkhouse to utilize the up and coming realtime messaging app. This account is deemed the “world’s first Snapchat travel show” and includes Hill’s European adventures, explorations and more. This is one account that should be followed asap.

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2. Marriott Hotels

Being the first Snapchat campaign for hotel brands, Marriott has utilized Snapchat to appeal to the younger traveler, as a storytelling device, mainly to support the brand’s Travel Brilliantly campaign. Marriott has partnered with various influencers to get their message out there (Casey Neistat – above – being one of them) and connect with users on an emotional level.

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1. National Geographic (Discover tool)

Our number 1 travel Snapchat account would have to be the one and only National Geographic. When Snapchat introduced its “Discover” feature this past January, 11 different publications immediately joined, National Geographic being one of them. National Geographic, along with many other major companies, are using Snapchat to draw in the Millennial generation. We must say, it definitely seems to be working (have you checked out their daily snaps?!). All you have to do is swipe left on Snapchat to find this Discover tool

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As you can see, Snapchat is not going away anytime soon. Follow our many adventures @wanderable now! Will you wander with us?

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Wanderable On The Road with Raump LA

Travel guru, Andrew Tyree, shares his go-to foodie spots with us during our LA Tour.

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Our tour guide, Andrew showing off his passport – stamp tattoo

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Close-up of Andrew’s rad tattoo

Last month, the Wanderable team had the privilege of hanging with Andrew Tyree of Raump//Coast to Costa while in LA for some first-class treatment and a peek into the fabulous experiences that our partner offers. Between a cocktail class at Gracias Madre, pastrami sandwiches at Wexler’s Deli, and a brewery tour at Angel City Brewerywe couldn’t have been happier. This is definitely something you’re going to need to check out for yourselves (just look at that pastrami sandwich…mouth watering right?!). In between stops, we caught up with Andrew to get the inside scoop on where the inspiration for his company came from and why foodie tours are the perfect idea for Date Night.

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Pastrami sandwich at Wexler’s Deli at the Downtown LA Grand Central Market

How did you come up with the idea for Raump LA & Coast to Costa?

I came up with Coast to Costa first because I had lived in Spain for almost 4 years and fell in love with it. Upon arriving back in SF afterwards, I worked in a Spanish restaurant called Contigo in Noe Valley (go there and tell them Andrew Tyree sent you) and developed relationships with many Spanish wine makers and restaurant owners. I had organized group trips back to Spain with friends for various reasons and figured, why not put all of my contacts together and take groups of Americans on food and wine trips to Barcelona…so I did. That was in 2012 and now I do trips to Spain, Mexico and this year Cuba.

Raump was developed because I moved to Los Angeles only to discover that the city that I had left 15 years ago had reformed and changed in a lot of amazing ways. I now want to showcase neighborhoods that were too sketchy to go to when I was young that have now become amazing artistic communities. It’s warm and friendly and has a TON to offer in DTLA and the east side of LA.

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Handmade cocktails at Gracias Madre (shaken, not stirred)

Why LA? Why these places in particular?

LA is where I’m from. When I left, I thought that I would never come back. Since then I have lived all over the world and seen many beautiful places….Los Angeles is my HOME, though. I’m 33. I needed to come home.

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 Avocado toast and an IPA (breakfast of champions)

Why do you think these places are perfect for Date Night?

For Angelinos, the East Side is like this mysterious side of town. People don’t venture out this way as much. What could be better on a date than some unexpected, super rad parts of your own city that you never knew existed? It’s more of a fun, interesting date. Don’t expect candle lit dinner and sharing the same spaghetti noodle!

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Wanderable couple enjoying the Angel City Brewery Tour

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

My favorite restaurant in LA is Bestia. The use of old warehouse space. The design. Industrial as it comes. Abandoned buildings turned into culinary cathedrals. Chef Ori is SICK! He and his crew make their own charcuterie. It is head to tail. They balance it out with the lightest, best deserts imaginable!

 In Spain?

In Spain, well, in Barcelona, the Boqueria Merkat because of all locals just hang out.  Also Tapas24 for, duh, tapas, and my friend’s restaurant Momo’s in the Gracia neighborhood. He based the menu off his personal travels all throughout Asia and serves it in small plated, sharable, Spanish style. In Sevilla, Levies! It was my first experience with Spanish cuisine and I crave it weekly to this day.

What is your favorite bar? Why?

My favorite bar in LA is the Gold Room. I met my wife there! Cheap drinks and no frills. Bar 107 for the quirky decor and crazy dance parties. Tony’s is like my Cheer’s, they always know my name and am always glad I came!

Theive’s Tavern in SF is my favorite bar in the world because I met some of my best friends in the entire world there!!

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Sunrise on the I-5 on our way home from LA

What destinations are on your bucket list?

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba. I can’t get it out of my head. Now that we are ALMOST allowed to go, I am becoming obsessed with the idea of going. I met a man on my last Coast to Costa trip to Tulum, Mexico, who is on the board of tourism and am going to arrange a group of about 15 to go down there this year, as soon as everything is all settled. I cannot wait!!

ALSO, Valle de Guadalupe because that’s where my wife and I are heading for our HONEYMOON!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!

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Valle de Guadalupe

We cannot thank Andrew enough for giving us such an awesome tour of LA. Be sure to check out Raump the next time you’re in LA (HINT: Date Night) and of course Coast to Costa when in Spain. We’ll definitely be back in LA to experience some more Raump fun ASAP (and hopefully Spain as well)!

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California Dreamin’: Enter to Win Wanderable Credit!

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Good morning, dreamers & adventure seekers! Today we woke up and realized something: there is always an excuse NOT to do something, right? Well, now there’s NOT, because we’re giving away $100 Wanderable Credit for you to use on one of our California Partners.  We know you’ve been eyeing all those amazing experiences on our homepage, so now it’s time to take the plunge and actually go experience life. Don’t have time to make it to Cali? Don’t worry: you can use the Wanderable Credit on any Wanderable experience of your choice. Pretty sweet, huh?

Some of these California experiences include:

  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • Custom perfume-making classes
  • Tequila & tacos tasting
  • Wine tasting and food paring
  • Much, MUCH more!

All you have to do is enter now (details are also on our Facebook). Come on, it’s Monday. Go big or go home.

 

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