When many people think of wineries, they picture rolling hills and lush landscapes. Crashing surf and beautiful seascapes aren’t usually part of the mental winery image. However, there are some really excellent wineries located around the world that just happen to be right next to the ocean. Whether you want to catch a wave or do some snorkeling before you enjoy some local wines, the following list of ocean-side wineries will have you covered.
Santorini is home to some of the oldest grapevines on the planet. The result is that you’ll find some of the best, yet unknown local grapes. Make sure to visit Gaia Wines and see some of the bottles that they age underwater for five years. After tasting some wine, you can take a relaxing swim in the Aegean Sea, conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from the tasting room.
North Fork, Long Island
If you’re looking for some of the best wineries in Long Island, then North Fork should be your first stopping off point. The Kontokosta Winery offers some of the best sauvignon blanc you’re likely ever to taste, and you can do so while taking in the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re looking to make dinner plans, check out La Plage, where you can enjoy amazing French-American dishes right on the beach.
Sicily is home to the Grillo and Nero D’avola grapes. The former is used in making an incredibly balanced and crisp white wine, while the latter is used in producing a soft, dry red. Both can be enjoyed at the Feudo Arancio winery, just outside of the quaint fishing village Porto Palo di Menfi. If you’re looking to pair dinner with a glass of Grillo or Nero D’avola, try Da Vittorio. Not surprisingly, the seafood dishes are phenomenal.
The Western Cape represents the largest winemaking region in South Africa, and one of the best stopping points you can add to your itinerary is Cape Point Vineyards. Here you can sample another of the world’s great Sauvignon Blancs while taking in views of both the Atlantic and False Bay. If you plan your trip right, you could also take in the sites and excitement of the yearly Vintners Surf Classic.