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Autumn is the time for wine harvesting in Europe and the Camino de Santiago and the Via Francigena trails take walkers through some of the most important wine-producing regions in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
September and October are the ideal months to visit these beautiful wine-producing regions to experience the tradition and culture of the harvest season.
See below for the CaminoWays.com top 6 Camino routes for wine lovers.
1. Across La Rioja on the Camino Frances
As the most prestigious winemaking region in Spain, La Rioja is the most obvious choice for wine lovers. The region is located on the famous Camino Frances and its capital, Logroño, is home to a fantastic harvest festival at the end of September called the Fiesta de la Vendimia.
2. El Bierzo on the Camino Frances
Home to delicious Mencía red wines, El Bierzo is another fantastic destination for wine lovers on the Camino Frances (French Way). Aside from its wine, the area also has a fascinating history. The Templars built a castle in the area’s capital, Ponferrada, to protect pilgrims who were walking the Camino de Santiago. You can still explore ‘Castillo de los Templarios’ today.
3. Porto on the Portuguese Way
As the home of Port wine and the capital of the famous Douro region, which is known for producing high-quality wines, Porto is a wine lover’s paradise. On the Camino Portugues (Portuguese Way) it is also a UNESCO world heritage listed city which makes it an ideal destination for experiencing wonderful Portuguese culture and architecture.
4. Albariño in the Rias Baixas – Portuguese Way
The Rías Baixas area is on both the Camino Portugues and the Portuguese Coastal Way and is home to fruity Albariño white wines. The Portuguese version of this wine, Albarinho or Vinho Verde, is also produced south of the River Minho in Northern Portugal. The best time to visit this region is from mid-September, as that is when the harvest takes place, during which there is a fantastic harvest festival in the town of O Rosal.
5. Champagne on the Via Francigena
With the area home to one world’s most famous drinks, Champagne in Northern France is a fantastic destination to visit during harvest time. The region is located on the path of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome, and hosts a ‘cochelet’ festival at the end of harvest time. Massif de Saint Thierry, north of Reims, also hosts a traditional harvest festival at the end of October which is well worth a visit.
6. Chianti in Tuscany and Val d’Orcia
Chianti on the Via Francigena is one of the best and most well-known Italian wine-producing regions, with a number of delicious wines that come from the area. Val d’Orcia is another fantastic wine region on the Via Francigena which has also been named also a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its beautiful landscape and charming villages.
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