Austria: Some 45 miles northeast of Vienna, the Wachau Valley entrances with its steeply terraced vineyards rising up almost above the banks of the Danube. The 20-mile stretch between the towns of Melk and Krems lends itself to both cycle tours and hiking; to enjoy the latter, the Wachau World Heritage Trail offers more than 100 miles of trails connecting the region’s 14 villages. While in the region, sample Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. A fine time to visit is around the summer solstice, which is marked by numerous celebrations, including fireworks, torchlit vineyards and thousands of lights floating on the Danube. Online: donau.com/en/sonnenwende
France: The Burgundy wine region gained its spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list thanks to its “climats,” a term that refers to age-old, precisely delineated vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, south of the city of Dijon. The Route des Grands Crus, passing through the most prestigious parts of Burgundy’s vineyards, is a great way to explore the area. Over a length of some 40 miles, 38 wine villages, each one more picturesque than the next, welcome hikers. Along this narrow strip stretching from Dijon in the north to Santenay in the south by way of Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune, villages with opulent wine merchants’ houses and limestone houses with tiled roofs vie for attention against gently sloping vineyards, often surrounded by drystone walls, rivers or hedges. A fine time to visit is during “Le Mois des climats,” six weeks of guided tours, tastings, exhibitions and other fun and educational activities. The event’s next edition takes place June 3-July 17. Online: beaune-tourism.com
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