Foodies and wine enthusiasts are always looking for new exciting destinations that will feed their appetite and wine obsession. Luckily, 2019 is a very generous year that saw an emergence of some new foodie stars you simply must visit. Here are our top picks that will definitely blow you away by their offer of food and wine.
Italy is one of the most popular food and wine regions in the world, so it just needs to be on this list. However, instead of hitting Rome or Verona, make Matera your destination of choice for 2019. This cave-studded city has a unique Cucina Povera cuisine that takes pride in its soups with pulses, roast lambs and various game dishes sprinkled with mountain herbs. And of course, all of that can be paired with top-notch wine. Matera produces six distinct wines with Greco Bianco and Rosso being the most popular.
Andean cuisine is gaining a lot of attention lately and there are many Peruvian chefs making a name for themselves all over the world. What was once just a base for backpackers heading for Machu Picchu, Lima of today is a thriving foodie center. Thanks to the country’s rich animal and plant diversity, there are many interesting ingredients that make Peruvian cuisine unique. Think indigenous root veggies, edible flowers, countless types of corn and fresh sundried fruit. On the other hand, thanks to its warm climate, the wine scene is also excellent. Most Peruvian wines are very sweet and unique, so keep an open mind when you order your first glass from Ica (the most popular wine region in Peru). Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays are truly excellent.
Hong Kong is one of the best foodie destinations in the world and a heaven for all people who love to eat out. Make sure to check out small roadside stalls and try meals like shrimp and chicken balls, chicken feet, shrimp dumplings, pineapple buns and egg tarts. If you’re looking for high dining experiences, don’t worry, HK has you covered. There are many amazing restaurants that will serve some amazing dishes like roasted duck or eggplant with minced meat. Pair your meal with some top-notch Burgundy wine and you’ll have an unforgettable dining experience. Take a break from food and wine and finish your day with an iconic Hong Kong-style milk tea.
If you have any doubts that the future is female, Oakland will kick those doubts’ behinds. For quite some time now, the foodie scene has been under the rule of entrepreneur women making the restaurant business much more interesting and diverse. Brown Sugar Kitchen, Nyum Bai and FOB Kitchen are just some of the most prominent female-led spots you must visit. Wine lovers will also enjoy Oakland, as a growing network of winemakers in the area is establishing its own brands despite its competitive neighbors, Napa and Sonoma. If you have the chance, make sure to visit The Black Joy Parade and check out Black Vines that showcase black-owned wineries in the area.
This remote island has its isolation to thank for its amazing wine and food scene. Hobart, the capital of Tassie, has a booming dining scene as well as many urban and countryside cellars that are worth the long flights. Plus, the relaxed pace of the island goes hand in hand with its world-class sparkling wine that matches perfectly with wallaby or some homemade pasta. If you’re more into seafood, freshly shucked oysters and scallop pies will leave you breathless!
Life is so much easier to handle when you’re surrounded by some good food and quality wine, so don’t hesitate to explore these destinations in search of happiness and a full stomach. You’ll be more than satisfied with that they serve you!