New Zealand

It’s not just rugby with the Kiwis, mind you. The south island, and Marlborough in particular, has changed the way that the world drinks Sauvignon Blanc forever, producing an herbacious, fruit driven style that wine lovers can’t get enough of. Just a bit further south, in Central Otago--the world’s most southern wine growing region--one can find some of the most balanced and generous Pinot Noir in the world. Seriously, it may cost a pretty penny at times, but there are few things more enjoyable off the beaten path.