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10 Wine Regions Worth Exploring (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/26/10 11:20 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

The harvest season is here for many of the world's viticultural centers, tempting visitors to tastings of tried-and-true vintages and more innovative wines.'s favorite wine regions to visit at this time of year range from the classic castle country of France's scenic Loire Valley and the sun-kissed vineyards of Tuscany, to the Western U.S., where America's wine contributions emerge from soils stretching from California to Oregon. But they're also keen on lesser-known wine-producing areas, like Canada's Niagara region, which touts scenic wonders and ice wine, to boot, and European centers that specialize in sherry and port. Even if you're too late to catch this year's bounty, you can plan ahead for a visit to three top grape-growing destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, whose coveted harvest season will spring forth when our northerly winter ends. Text courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Wine Regions." Text and captions courtesy of

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Andalucia, Spain
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Flamenco and tapas are best when accompanied by a savory glass of Andalucía’s own famous sherry. With Spain touting more vineyard acreage than anywhere in the world, this southwestern Spanish province accordingly produces an array of fine wines, but is most renowned for its dry to sweet amber sherry. Most tours in the region start off in Seville and head to Jerez de Frontera (the sherry capital of the world) where you’ll learn the ins and outs of winemaking and how varietals like vinegar and Jerez brandy are produced, and, of course, get to taste some quality selections. After exploring the vineyards, sample Spain’s finest at a traditional wine bar, better known as a bodega, where barrels of wine are stacked on multicolored tile floors and links of sausage and herbs hang from wooden beams.
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