With a past as storied as Europe’s, it’s impossible not to take in some history while on your trip. Find out more about UNESCO World Heritage Site in the European territory.
You’re probably already familiar with the big-time European wine producers of France, Italy and Spain. But there are many more wines to discover in the rest of the continent – and they’re as drinkable as they are affordable. Get to know six lesser-known European wine regions that are just begging to be explored.
The history of winemaking in Hungary
The history of winemaking in Hungary dates back to Roman times. Described by Louis XV as “the king of wines and the wine of kings,” Tokaji Aszú, a sweet white dessert wine made from super-concentrated, botrytized grapes, has long been the archetypical Hungarian wine.
Croatian historic wine cellars
With over 300 geographically defined wine regions, Croatia offers a diverse and delicious variety of wines, with rich fruity wines originating in the northeast while more Mediterranean-style reds are cultivated in the south.
In the business of making wine for at least 6,000 years, Romania has long held a quiet yet impressive presence within Central and Eastern Europe. The landscape and climate allow for a large array of international and native grape varieties to thrive in its vineyards.
The six wine-producing regions of Slovakia are all located in the southern part of the country, in a beautiful stretch along the southern border. The Hungarian influence is strong due to most of these lands being part of Hungary for nearly 900 years leading up to World War I.
Wine in Luxembourg
Almost all wine producers in Luxembourg are located along the beautiful Moselle River in the southeast portion of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Dry whites and sparkling whites are favored here, yet are seldom seen outside of Luxembourg and Belgium.
Slovenia is ideally situated at the crossroads of the Alps and the Mediterranean, where it is home to some of the most exciting wines in Central Europe. Individualism and experimentation are valued in Slovenian winemaking, and most wines are produced in small, family-owned operations.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities.
Modern day Europe is crossed by ancient medieval pilgrimage and trade routes, travelled by walkers and ramblers on a slow adventure, discovering castles, vineyards and olive trees, delicious food and local wines. One of the most famous routes in Europe is the Via Francigena – or the route from France how it was called in medieval Italy. Crossing Europe from Canterbury (England) to Rome (Italy), it reaches Santa Maria di Leuca on the very tip of the Italian heel. The route takes you from Northern Europe to the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea along 3200km, which are manageable in 4 months on foot. Browse the gallery to discover, region by region, some of the most beautiful places along the Via Francigena. Join Via Francigena photo contest!
Europe’s culture is not limited to its numerous art museums and palaces. Some of Europe’s greatest stories can be heard over a glass of wine, beer or other drink within the walls of a pub or finest alcohol outlets off the beaten track.
Relaxing walks and rides in the garden of the city!
Get off the beaten path and explore the stunning natural beauty of Montenegro.
Fewer tourists, cooler weather, and cheaper airfares and hotels lure many travelers to Europe during the off-season. But when exactly is the European off-season and where are good places to visit?
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Tolminc is one of the most recognisable typical Slovenian cheeses. The production of fodder, milk processing and all technological processes must be conducted within the Upper Posočje area.