Expat wine lovers have a choice of retirement hubs

Published:  4 Sep at 6 PM
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Tagged: France, Spain, Italy
For would-be retired expats who love their wine, there’s a great choice of destinations.

For many expats, their chosen retirement lifestyle has to include affordable wines to accompany the new tastes of their chosen haven. Luckily, there are many wine-growing regions in or close by favourite expatriate retirement hubs, with the best news being wine is far less expensive than in the home country. Choosing a new country in which to live the rest of your life simply because its wines are affordable may sound crazy, but for many it’s simply perfect.

Everyone knows Bordeaux is a paradise for lovers of the great French wines, but equally desirable are the products of smaller, less well-known cellars. In the adjacent wine region of Medoc, the wines are celebrated by an annual marathon, with participants dressing in crazy costumes and running a full 26.2 winding miles through endless vineyards, stopping to refresh themselves with local vintages and delicious steaks, oysters and ice cream along the way. Even if you’re just too old to do the run, it’s a day like no other.

If Uruguay is your chosen retirement destination, it’ll be somewhat of a surprise to find delicious, full bodied local wines as a result of the region’s climate and geography. Taken with the country’s tranquil lifestyle and its resemblance to France’s Bordeaux region, settling down either in the countryside or in Montevideo includes a culinary adventure along with very inexpensive wines. Wine-lovers might also consider Spain’s La Rioja region, known for its mostly red wines as well as its low cost of living.

Mexico is an all-time favourite for US retirees, many of whom may not have realised the country’s vintners are now getting a reputation for organic as well as traditional wines. If you’re considering Italy as a home from home, you’re on the right track as regards wine, as it’s made almost all over the country. Italians are fiercely proud of their variety of wines, with Umbria a centre for winemaking and Tuscany’s vine-covered hills known for the quality of their wines. Orvieto is great with summer meals, and Sagratino di Montefalco is now a noted vintage. Wine making in this region was begun centuries ago by Benedictine monks.
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