I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.
We've seen quality improvement in wine over the past few decades, resulting in more and better access to better wines, from virtually all regions. A vast, region-wide example of conscious planning to make better wines is "Chianti 2000."