10/01/2010 05:37 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

10 Off The Beaten Path Wine Regions (PHOTOS)

It's hard to imagine that as recently as 30 years ago, most wine snobs dismissed Napa vino as swill, and just a couple of decades ago Australia and Chile barely blipped on the wine connoisseur's radar.

Today, increasingly sophisticated vinification techniques have fostered a promising new generation of winemakers across the globe, from India to Tasmania. This is great news on two fronts: First, there's more fantastic wine to drink and more values to be found. Second, with places like Napa and Bordeaux becoming overrun with tourists at times,'s off-the-path wine regions offer all the charm, flavor, and beautiful scenery of classic vineyard exploring.

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