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Legendary winemaking regions don't always age as well as the bottles they cellar. As tourism thrives along established wine trails like Napa, Bordeaux, and Burgundy, travelers may find themselves too late to find the unspoiled country idyll they seek. For wine lovers with an unquenchable thirst for the new, however, the time is ripe to explore vineyards farther afield. Around the world, an emerging generation of winemakers is planting stakes—and vines—in regions not frequently associated with quality wine, and they're often coming up with surprisingly good bottles not long after their first harvests. From China to Eastern Europe and even right in your own backyard, you can find appealing destinations for wine-themed travel far from the well-worn trails. A side benefit? Many of these wines are quite reasonably priced, so adventurous travelers can splash out on wining, dining, and living well without getting soaked.
Published September 2011. Pictured: Sula Vineyards, India.