Top Ten Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Cheers to a vacation filled with picturesque scenery, interesting culture, and many delicious drinks.
The Balvenie Distillery, Speyside, Scotland
SCOTS KNOW SCOTCH: The Balvenie Distillery craftsmen, Speyside, Scotland (courtesy, The Balvenie Distillery Company, Ltd.)
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You could say that centering a vacation around wineries, breweries, or distilleries tags you as an inveterate boozer. Perhaps. But it can also be a creative, interesting, and (in moderation) perfectly healthy excuse to go someplace new and learn a little bit about a different culture. Booze tours are primarily about education, giving you insight into how the wine or spirit is made and the history behind it. And, as many wineries and distilleries are tucked away in remote locations, the outstanding scenery and adventurous journey there make for great vacation bonuses. So here's our list of the top ten alcohol-centered trips around the world. You could say it's our ten-step program to cultural learning—by way of alcohol.

10. Speyside Region, Scotland: Scotch
9. Jalisco, Mexico: Tequila
8. Ica Valley, Peru: Pisco
7. Munich, Germany: Beer
6. Loretto, Kentucky: Bourbon
5. Takayama, Japan: Sake
4. Plzen, Czech Republic: Beer
3. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: Sherry and Brandy
2. Avignon, France: Wine
1. Martinique, French West Indies: Rum


Published: 11 May 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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