Best Places in the World for Cheese and Wine

Be it Port and Bleu Cheese, Prosecco and Parmesan, Sauternes and Fondue or Cabernet Sauvignon and Aged Gouda; there is just something incredibly appealing about a good cheese and wine combination.

Cheese comes in many forms, and so does wine. Different cultures around the world have their ways of preparing these delicacies; each of them having their unique taste to it. Several places around the world are known for having some of the best cheese and wine to entice you into having a luxury vacation with some of the most flavorful combinations that you can find. You can even attend an English cheese rolling festival!

Here are some of the most popular cheese and wine destinations; that have been gripping connoisseurs and cheese and wine lovers from all over the world. Whether you are going for the cheese, wine, or both; these destinations are a must visit for all that they have to offer.

Best Places in the World for Cheese and Wine

Sydney, Australia

Sydney has some of the best wine and cheese bars in the entire world. Visitors can expect to find a wide range of cheese and wine pairing options here in the city; some of which are locally made, and the others, internationally famous.

Sydney also has several cheese specialists located throughout the city at various locations, who specialize in one kind of cheese and make that the best. The city also has several experimental cheese and wine restaurants for those who are feeling adventurous and who want to get a taste of something unusual, and unlike anything that they have had before.

GPO Cheese and Wine Room is one of the best places to get a variety of different cheeses, including some of the healthiest cottage cheeses that one can find on the market.

Burgenland, Austria

Burgenland, Austria may have once been known for its incredible art and culture festivals, but today is a wine and cheese lover’s destination. There are several kinds of wines that are available in this beautiful location and is mainly known for its wide range of dessert wines.

The most notable type of wine available here is the Blaufränkisch, which is something everyone visiting this beautiful location must try out.

Blaufränkisch, Burgenland, Red Wine, Best Places in the World for Cheese and Wine
Blaufränkisch: Photo on Flickr by Jessica Spengler / CC BY 2.0

Several kinds of cheese go with this type of wine, right from Cantalet, Feta, Monterey Jack and Smoked Cheese. The place is beautiful and is one of the less known tourist spots in the country; making for a beautiful, quiet and picturesque holiday destination.

Florence, Italy

Known for having some of the most beautiful vineyards in the entire world; Florence, Italy is a wine and cheese lovers’ paradise. The multiple wine tours that one can avail of in this beautiful location are some of the best ways to experience all the different kinds of wines that this place has to offer.

Tuscan wines that are produced here are some of the most famous in the world, and worth a try when you come to this part of the country.

If you are looking for options to pair up your wine with; try a creamer cheese like Brie or Taleggio to bring out the burst of flavor of the wine that you are having.

Best Places in the World for Cheese and Wine, Taleggio, chardonnay, mascarpone,cheese, wine,grapes
Taleggio on the left side of the yellow plate: Photo on Flickr by Niklas Pivic / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Alentejo, Portugal

With beautiful lakes and some of the most beautiful weather all the year around; Alentejo, Portugal is a sight in itself. But what most people don’t know when they visit this incredible destination, is the sheer number of wineries present here, producing their wine.

Several vineyards host guests all the year around to give them an inside look at how the wine is prepared and how the fruit is grown.

There are several varieties of wines that are produced here; and several kinds of cheese options to go with it. If you aren’t too sure about what type of wine and cheese you like; this is the place to go to try it all.

Finished Bottle of Alentejo Wine, Portugal
Finished Bottle of Alentejo Wine: Photo on Flickr by Chris Ford / CC BY-NC 2.0

Franschhoek, South Africa

South Africa is not only known for its abundant wildlife and safaris; but also for the beautiful vineyards that surround this place. The vineyards in Franschhoek produce a wide variety of wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and many more.

If you want to get the best of the South African Wine Country; opt to stay at a vineyard to get the best experience that you could ask for.

Best Places in the World for Cheese and Wine, Vineyard in Franschhoek, South Africa
Vineyard in Franschhoek: Photo on Flickr by miquitos / CC BY-SA 2.0

There are several options that one can choose from in Franschhoek, and all of them have something unique to offer guests who visit there.

Nottinghamshire, England

Nottinghamshire is world famous for producing some of the best blue cheese. This is also the location where the first blue cheese was produced. There are several kinds of blue cheese that one can opt to have here at Nottinghamshire; but the Colston Bassett is by far one of the most favored blue cheese options on the market.

Colston Basset Stilton Cheese, nottinghamshire
Colston Basset Stilton Cheese: Photo on Flickr by Artizone / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Blue cheese, however, is an acquired taste, and not everyone likes it because of its strong flavor. Blue cheese tastes best when had with Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sherry, Zinfandel, and almost any kind of light sweet wine.

About Kenneth Haynes


Kenneth Haynes is a Molecular Gastronomist with a caterer background. His project, Today Top Reviews, is focused on presenting the best kinds of wine, beer, cheese and - for some time now - chocolate. He graduated from St. Philips College in San Antonio with a degree in Culinary Arts.

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