Wine destinations to explore in your winter holidays

While ski destinations are renowned for their world-class slopes and stunning winter landscapes, they are also home to some of the most exceptional wine regions globally. From the crisp white wines of Europe's Alpine slopes to the robust reds of North American mountain ranges, these regions offer a delightful fusion of wine tasting and winter sports. This blog post explores three of these captivating wine regions nestled within popular ski destinations.

The stunning scenery of Domaine Bousquet in Mendoza (Photo:

Alpine Wonders: Savoie, France

Savoie, a French Alpine region, is the perfect blend of skiing and wine. Although it's best known for its breathtaking ski resorts like Chamonix and Courchevel, Savoie boasts over 20 grape varieties. This region produces exquisite white wines from Jacquere and Roussette, but red wine lovers will also find pleasure in the Mondeuse wines. The high-altitude vineyards give the wines a unique, crisp flavor, perfect after a day on the slopes. The region also offers wine tasting tours, combining the thrill of winter sports with the sophistication of wine culture.

North American Splendor: Okanagan Valley, Canada

Moving across the Atlantic, we land in the heart of Canada, Okanagan Valley. It's not just home to some of Canada's best ski resorts such as Big White and Silver Star, but also a prominent wine-producing region. The valley, with its diverse microclimates, produces a wide range of wine styles from aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling to bold reds like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine tours and tastings are available throughout the year, making it a perfect winter getaway for wine enthusiasts and ski lovers alike.

South American Charm: Mendoza, Argentina

Our third stop is Mendoza, Argentina. Known for its high-altitude vineyards and the birthplace of the world-renowned Malbec, Mendoza is also home to the Andes' superb ski resorts such as Las Lenas. The region's intense sunshine and cool nights lead to wines with rich flavors and excellent acidity. Also, the breathtaking view of the snow-clad Andes while sipping a glass of Malbec is an experience not to be missed. Wine tours and tastings are as much a part of the Mendoza experience as skiing.

This winter, combine your two loves: Snow and Wine! (Photo: Luca J,


So there you have it, a glimpse into how ski destinations can offer more than just winter sports. They are a delightful discovery for wine lovers, offering a rich and diverse range of wines to explore. So, as you plan your next ski adventure, why not consider these destinations and enrich your experience with a sip of the region's finest wines. In the meantime, browse the VinoVoss articles, as we continue to explore the fascinating world of wine.

Cheers from the VinoVoss team!

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