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France

Forget the Eiffel tower, the fashion industry, bread sticks that are too long for your shopping bag, and a really long bicycle race – by far the best thing ever to come out of France is wine. With some of the oldest vines in the world and the most famed growing regions, France is still the undisputed King of the Vin.

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New Zealand

The dramatic antipodean island is famous for its rugged coastline and mountainous volcanic interior, but it’s the winemaking scene that’s seen the biggest explosion in recent times. Regions like Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay, and Martinborough are producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that would make even the French proud.

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Portugal

Portuguese wines are strangely underrated in the wine world – much like the European Championship winning football team they fielded in 2016. The Douro Valley in the country’s north is the spiritual home of port wine and the rest of the country punches well above it’s weight in in producing reds and whites that are just as stunning as the countryside.

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Spain

Blessed with perfect weather, pristine beaches, fantastic cuisine, and a healthy appetite for a good party, it’s no surprise that Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. Traditionally famed for its Tempranillo the country now brims with younger varietals boasting unlimited potential, proving that the Spanish wine scene is as bright as the sun over Salamanca.

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Italy

Possibly more famed for its food and easy-going lifestyle than wine alone, it’s hard to argue that nothing goes together with said food and lifestyle better than a good Italian vino. With some of the best value wines in Europe dotted from Lombardy in the north, through Tuscany, down the “boot” and off the toe onto Sicily, you truly are spoiled for choice.