Wine vacations aren’t nearly as bougie or costly as they sound. Today, you can find wine around the world that tastes good and is affordable — especially when you go to the winery itself. It doesn’t hurt that literally every state in the nation has a wine region now, so there’s plenty to choose from. Napa can get by on its name, everyone else has to vie for wine tourism dollars in other ways.
This makes you, the wine-drinking tourist, the winner, as everywhere from British Columbia to South America is luring in visitors with rock-bottom prices. Or at least prices that aren’t obscenely jacked up. We conferred with Heath Porter, an advanced sommelier who, in addition to previously heading the wine program at The Greenbrier, currently takes people around the world on his Heathenwinetours. He hipped us to some of the best, low-cost wine destinations in the world that will be worth hitting this summer. Though some might cost a bit to get there, all are a great value once you’re on the ground.