Most people have a bucket list of sorts – an idea of things they want to do, places they want to see and goals they want to accomplish in life. If you have a food and beverage bucket list or, more specifically, one relating to neat vineyards, wineries, breweries and such – then you need to add these 10 to it now!
Vineyards and breweries are cool because they allow people to try new drinks all the while getting a behind-the-scenes look at how wines and beers are made. There is also a large social element to these places. They are good spaces for dates, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, or even just for those curious about the process to make some of their favorite drinks. So if you are planning a date or a party or if you are just interested in traveling, learning, and drinking, then you are definitely going to enjoy this list; there are just so many great places out there!
And if you need an idea of where to start when it comes to your own visits, we suggest these 10 cool wineries and breweries!
10 Recaredo – Barcelona, Spain
Recaredo has been around for almost a century, making vintage brut nature cavas (a sparkling wine from Spain). Visiting this winery allows guests to tour the cellars of Recaredo, learn the ins and outs of the business and try a couple of wines, which are all made from their own grapes and grown biodynamically on their land.
9 Church Brew Works – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Beer lovers flock to this unique brewery mainly due to its setting. An old church was transformed into the fully functioning business that brews up some brews. Yes, at Church Brew Works, the tanks sit where the altar once was and visitors can sit in the pews while enjoying their drinks. Take us there now!
8 Chard Farm Winery – Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is full of beautiful wineries, but this family-run operation is one of the most esteemed. Chard Farm Winery is small, but it focuses on experimenting, creating interesting drinks, being friendly, and showing off knowledge through exceptional wines. Plus, the view of this place alone should get it on everyone’s wine/beer bucket list!
7 Kuchlbauer's Bierwelt – Abensberg, Germany
Kuchlbauer's Bierwelt has been around since 1499, and it is owned by a family that has been in the brewing business for eight generations. It also sits inside a tower! The owner of this brewery is very into art, so artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed this 115-foot tower with a 32-foot-wide observation ball up top; the ball weighs 26,455 pounds and serves as the perfect spot to enjoy a beer or two. Our suggestion? Go around Christmastime to see this tower all lit up!
6 Bodegas Ysios – San Sebastián, Spain
Bodegas Ysios is tucked away at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria. As the only winery in the world designed by Santiago Calatrava, this place combines nature and art into a place of worship for wine. While you may go for the drinks, the art is another reason to visit this beautiful brewery.
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5 Dogfish Head Craft Brewing – Milton, Delaware
Dogfish Head Craft Brewing provides coastal views, some tasty drinks, and a cool atmosphere. The most notable feature of this brewery is the Steampunk Treehouse, created by artist Sean Orland. Plus, when visiting here, guests can stay at the Dogfish Inn and eat at either the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats or their restaurant called Chesapeake & Maine, which only sources seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and Maine. But really, we are all about a beer or two in that treehouse – so fun!
4 Marques de Riscal – Elciego, Spain
On the estate of Marques de Riscal, there is a hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a function center and more. It's been dubbed Wine City and designed by architect Frank Gehry. Yes, award-winning wines can be found here, and Wine Enthusiast magazine even awarded Marques de Riscal its Best European Winery award in 2013. Plus, just look at this place, it's a must-see!
3 Jester King Brewery – Austin, Texas
Jester King Brewery helps Austin stay weird with its funky vibe. There’s a laid-back ease here, as couples, individuals, groups, kids, and dogs enjoy bands that play on a pavilion with wood-fired pizza and outdoor games. This brewery, which is housed in a Hill Country farmhouse, utilizes unique ingredients for delicious beers.
2 Darioush Winery – Napa, California
Darioush Winery is meant to look like the ancient Persian city of Persepolis, with stately columns and a reflecting pool. Inside, couches allow for a relaxed environment while tasting and, outside, there is an amphitheater and a vine-covered spot for private tastings. If you are looking for a super impressive-looking winery, we definitely suggest this one. Plus, it's in Napa, meaning you could hit up tons more afterward!
1 Sottomarino Winery – San Francisco
We saved the most interesting for last! Taste some wines in an original World War II “sinking ship” naval training facility, which is called the USS Buttercup. It is located on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, and its upper deck offers some great views of the city. Once again, this is a place that we would visit for the alcohol and a place we would stay at for a bit, due to its unique atmosphere and picture-worthy setting!
Okay, folks, to summarize all of this greatness here, we have the following: Acclaimed wineries with recipes that have been perfected over many years, breweries situated in super cool settings, wineries with breathtaking views, award-winning beers served in unique rooms, and wines tasted in one-of-a-kind places. If you have a bucket list, add these 10 places now! We could all use a drink or two to help us unwind, relax and have a good time. And what better place to do that than in a winery or brewery as amazing as one of these?! We are getting major wanderlust and are adding them all to our to-do lists!
What neat spots are on your bucket list?