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On July 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Expedia.com.au highlights the top emerging food and wine destinations of the world

For many Australians, a passion for fine food and wine has for decades inspired them to travel to revered culinary destinations such as France and Italy. However, in recent years there has been a shift from the ‘tried and tested’ wine and food producing countries to gastronomic newcomers such as Denmark and Chile, which are staking their claims as one of the world’s top destinations for food and wine.

Louise Crompton, Marketing Manager for Expedia.com.au™, operated by Expedia, Inc., the world’s leading online travel company, says: “Australians have for a long time loved complementing their love of food and wine with international travel. Now with emerging culinary destinations such as Russia and Brazil, there is more choice for Aussie travellers looking for a unique gastronomic experience. Another advantage is that many of the destinations offer great value for money.”

Expedia.com.au’s recommendations of the best emerging food and wine destinations:

Denmark:

Denmark received its first Michelin star rated restaurant, Kong Hans, in 1983, and, priding itself on using local produce, Denmark has been transformed into the new gourmet gem of Europe. In fact, Copenhagen’s restaurants possess a total of 13 Michelin stars, which is the most of any city in Northern Europe and more than their more famous European counterparts, Rome, Milan or Madrid. It’s also a great time to travel to Denmark with the Australian dollar performing well against the Danish Krone*.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, which is not far from ‘Noma’, which was voted the best restaurant in the world at the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants 2010 awards. Prices from $159 per room per night.

Brazil

The now thriving Brazilian wine industry can be attributed to the creation of the Brazilian Wine Institute, Ibravin, in the last ten years. The wine institute has seen considerable investment and research into the development of Brazilian wines, which are now worthy of recognition around the world. Brazil has now become the fifth largest wine producer in the Southern Hemisphere and earned over 1,600 distinctions in international contests with its wines.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Serrano Resort Convencoes Resort & Spa, Gramado and take a day trip to the Miolo winery. Prices from $283 per room per night

Russia:

Russia has exploded onto the world’s food stage following the break-up of the former USSR. This year the country had four restaurants acknowledged in the top 100 of the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants 2010 awards. With a flourishing dining scene, a visit to the Russian food capital, Moscow, is a must for any traveller.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Novotel Moscow Centre, which is close to well-known restaurants such as ‘Varvari’ and ‘Caf Pushkin’. Prices from $171 per room per night.

Switzerland

Although Switzerland has been producing wine for centuries, the majority of its wine will never be tasted by foreigners. That’s because only around one percent of the total wine production is exported. The main wine producing regions are the Vaud, the Geneva region and the Valais, which produces some of the best wines. The Valais is one of the highest altitude winegrowing regions in Europe. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase for local wine as visiting Switzerland may be the only chance to bring some local wine back with you.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Mercure Hotel du Parc Martigny in the Valais. Visit the nearby Cave du Forum and Cave Gerard Dorsaz wineries. Prices from $132 per room per night.

Peru:

Peru is fast catching up to their more popular South American neighbours with a food heritage blending both Spanish and indigenous South American influences. The ecological and climatic diversities in Peru have helped make the cuisine one of the most varied in South America with plenty or wonderful local fresh seafood, traditional Incan food and meats and vegetables. While there, try someceviche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), or pachamanca (meat and vegetables cooked underground).

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the three and a half star Radisson Hotel San Isidro, San Isidro and sample the menus at ‘La Carreta’ and ‘Punta Sal’. Prices from $116 per room per night.

Chile

Despite its long history of producing wines, Chile is only now experiencing the recognition it deserves. In recent years, the country has seen massive growth of its wine industry. As a result, Chile has now become the fifth largest exporter and the ninth largest wine producer in the world. The Chilean climate has been described as part Californian and part French, and along with more efficient winemaking techniques, it has assisted in the recent explosion of the local wine industry. Chile is also one of the few places that are phylloxera free, which is the insect that attacks vines, meaning that winemakers can plant with pure, ungrafted vines.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying atthe four-star Hotel Kennedy in Santiago to visit some local wineries such as Vin Siebenthal and Chateau Los Boldosnearby. Prices from $155 per room per night.

Macau:

Macau cuisine has been born out of a marriage of European food and traditional eastern cooking techniques. Many different styles of food are found in Macau including Portuguese, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese and of course European, which have created a kaleidoscopic array of food to wow even the most sophisticated palate. Known for its numerous casinos, Macau has begun to give the powerhouses of Asian cuisine a run for their money with restaurants such as ‘A Lorcha’, ‘The 8’ and ‘Naam’.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Casa Real Hotel, Macau, which is close to some great restaurants such as ‘La Bonne Heure’ and ‘Fogo Samba’. Prices from $105 per room per night.

South Africa

As embargoes on South African exports were lifted following the end of apartheid, the local wine industry experienced a renaissance. Wine producers adapted their viticulture and winemaking techniques and coupled with the reorganization of power of the ‘Cooperative Winemakers Society South Africa’, better quality wines were being produced.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-star Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel, Cape Town and visit the nearby Constantia wine region to sample the wines at the Cape Point and Steenberg Vineyards. Prices from $118 per room per night.

Sweden:

Commonly known for the limitless ways they prepare their fish, Sweden is now being recognised for its burgeoning food industry. The capital, Stockholm, is the heart of Swedish cooking with an impressive food culture that is fast becoming a favourite amongst visitors to Scandinavia. Varieties of different foods on menus throughout the country include reindeer, elk and venison, while seafood is plentiful on the Baltic coast and Gulf of Bothain. For travellers, Sweden is well known for its smörgåsbord, which consists of a buffet of hot and cold meats as well as gravad lax, Salmon with sugar salt and dill. It’s also becoming more affordable for Aussie travelers to visit Sweden with the dollar gaining 7% against the Swedish Krone in recent time*.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying at the four-starHotel Birger Jar in Stockholm, situated close to ‘Gondolen’ and ‘Prisen’ restaurants. Prices from $178 per room per night.

Ukraine

Although the Ukraine’s wine industry dates back to the fourth century, it has only recently emerged as a top wine producer of the world. During the Russian Revolution, the former USSR destroyed many of the country’s vineyards in a bid to control alcohol consumption. Thankfully, after the break-up of the former USSR the Ukraine is starting to produce some fine drops once again.  They produce a variety of white wines including Aligoté and Traminer and reds including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Expedia.com.au recommends staying atthe four-star Radisson Hotel Alushta, Alushta and visit the Magarach Wine Institute near Yalta where you can sample thousands of different wines. Prices from $143 per room per night.

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*Source: HiFX (www.hifx.com.au) 01/10/2009 – 01/04/2010

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