Wine lovers in today\u2019s world are regularly awarded the opportunity to discover something new, or at least new to them. It\u2019s easier than ever to find different and exciting bottles to enjoy, as selections from a broad range of wine regions have become increasingly more available.\r\n\r\nBut it\u2019s now becoming easier to add some wine-spired adventure to your travels as well.\r\n\r\nThe countries that composed the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia have made wines, in some cases, for thousands of years. These were focused more on quantity than quality, and they were kept from our shores due to Cold War-era embargos.\r\n\r\nA new generation of producers is on the rise, however, and as its high-quality wines become more accessible, so, too, increases the ability of curious consumers to visit the places that produce these pours.\r\n\r\nWineries and wine-centric restaurants in Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania offer world-class options for inquisitive tipplers, and those who choose to venture off the beaten path will be richly rewarded. Read on to discover where to begin your wanders through Eastern Europe.\r\n\r\n\r\nBudapest, Hungary\r\nOften called the \u201cParis of the East,\u201d the Hungarian capital is awash in Baroque charm. Eight graceful bridges span the Danube River and link the once-separate cities of Buda and Pest. Hungary is home to 22 wine regions, and Budapest\u2019s restaurants and wine bars feature the best that the country has to offer, from well-known regions like Tokaj, Vill\u00e1ny, Eger and those around Lake Balaton to locales that are a bit less familiar.\r\n\r\nA bright, inviting space, 0,75 Bar & Bistro serves everything from small plates and snacks to entr\u00e9es and share platters. It\u2019s all offered alongside an extensive wine list that features selections from across the country.\r\n\r\nAt Drop Shop Wine Bar, a wide-ranging wine list is offered by the glass or bottle to enjoy onsite or take home. Simple plates of cheese, charcuterie and panini allow wine to star in this concrete- and brick-walled industrial space.\r\n\r\nHungary is home to 22 wine regions, and Budapest\u2019s restaurants and wine bars feature the country\u2019s best.\r\n\r\nCo-owned by Chef Lajor Biro and J\u00f3zsef Bock, a Hungarian winemaker, Bock Bisztr\u00f3 Pest serves a mix of traditional Hungarian dishes and inventive fusion cuisine. Every one of Bock\u2019s wines is available to guests, though the bistro also serves a vast selection from throughout the country. Feel free to carry home bottles you don\u2019t finish with your meal, or specifically order one to go.\r\n\r\nA Budapest institution that features live Romani music in an elegant setting, R\u0113zkakas Bistro presents artfully plated traditional cuisine, available \u00e1 la carte or via a seasonal tasting menu. Wines from Hungary\u2019s most recognizable regions and top wineries are offered by both the glass and bottle.\r\n\r\n\r\nGori\u0161ka Brda, Slovenia\r\nNamed for the hills near the town of Nova Gorica, this subregion of the larger Primorska wine area sits just across the border from Italy\u2019s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Medieval hilltop villages cap rolling vineyards as far as the eye can see, and many producers have vineyards that straddle both countries. Midway between the Adriatic and the Alps, Gori\u0161ka Brda draws its winemaking influences primarily from Austria and Italy.\r\n\r\nAt Vinoteka Brda, found in the cellars of Dobrovo Castle, you can taste upwards of 300 wines from more than 50 producers. Make sure to tour the impressive 17th-century structure, previously owned by Venetian and Austro-Hungarian royal families, before or after your tasting.\r\n\r\nThis subregion of the larger Primorska wine area sits just across the border from Italy\u2019s Friuli-Venezia Giulia.\r\n\r\nFounded in 1700, the Movia estate has been in the hands of the Kristan\u010di\u010d family since 1820, and it has since become one of the most well-known Slovenian wineries. Vineyards here cross over into Italy, and the winery offers tastings, cellar tours and gourmet meals with wine pairings, all available by appointment only.\r\n\r\nWinemaker Marjan Sim\u010di\u010d represents the fifth generation of his family to grow grapes and make wine at this namesake winery, where three quality tiers of wines are produced from local and French varieties. Cellar tours and tastings can be arranged by appointment.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOwned by 480 grape-growing families, Klet Brda winery, also called Gori\u0161ka Brda Wine Cellar, is the country\u2019s leading producer and exporter. In addition to cellar tours and tastings, Klet Brda organizes tours of local villages that highlight winemaking history and culture.\r\n\r\n\r\nPelja\u0161ac Peninsula, Croatia\r\nA narrow ribbon of land that points to the islands north of Dubrovnik, the Pelja\u0161ac peninsula affords jaw-dropping views of steep vineyards that plunge toward the Adriatic Sea. Only around 40 miles long, you could drive from top to bottom and back again in a few hours, but that would defeat the purpose of wine country travel. Linger instead, and you may begin to wonder why Plavac Mali, the abundant local red grape, is not featured on more wine lists back home.\r\n\r\nDine under ancient vaulted stone ceilings at Bota \u0160are restaurant in Mali Ston, near the base of the peninsula. The Croatian-dominated wine list skews heavily toward local producers, while the menu features oysters and fresh seafood prepared with classic local recipes.\r\n\r\nOnly around 40 miles long, you could drive from top to bottom and back again in a few hours.\r\n\r\nFounded by winemaker Frano Milo\u0161, Vinarija Milo\u0161 is known for Stagnum, a red wine made exclusively from Plavac Mali that\u2019s said to be the first cult wine from Croatia. Tasting tours include visits through the organic vineyards, as well as stone cellars filled with Hungarian oak barrels.\r\n\r\nSaints Hills Winery Proprietors Ernest and Ivana Tolj expertly renovated an old village home into a modern operation, which also boasts a guesthouse and a restaurant that features local produce. French consultant Michel Rolland oversees winemaking.\r\n\r\nToward the northwest tip of the peninsula, in Orebi\u0107, Korta Katarina winery offers three options for tasting its wines by reservation, all of which include a meal component. A stunningly refashioned seafront villa serves as a hotel, from which a 201-foot luxury yacht is available for hire.\r\n\r\n\r\nDealu Mare, Romania\r\nAmong the world\u2019s oldest winemaking countries, with production documents that date to the 14th century, Romania is the sixth-largest producer in Europe. Its finest region is Dealu Mare, situated in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Dealu Mare, which is Romanian for \u201cgreat hill,\u201d lives up to its name, as rolling, vine-covered hills stretch as far as the eye can see. Roughly a two-hour drive from the capital city of Bucharest, the region remains a pristine rural haven.\r\n\r\nEstablished by Count Guy Tyrel de Poix from Corsica, SERVE is a Romanian acronym for Societatea Euro Rom\u00e2n\u0103 de Vinuri de Excep\u0163ie, or The Society for Exceptional Euro-Romanian Wines. Its winery was built in the 1990s, and now utilizes estate-grown indigenous and French varieties. Private winery and vineyard tours, as well as tastings in a separate pavilion, are available by appointment.\r\n\r\nWith production documents that date to the 14th century, Romania is the sixth-largest producer in Europe.\r\n\r\nMarchesi Piero Antinori owns Viile Metamorfosis, which he built up after realizing that the climate and soil were ideal for high-quality wine. Cellar tours culminate in a tasting of four wine ranges.\r\n\r\nFerma Dacilor is a rustic, wood-beamed restaurant that serves local specialties made from ingredients grown and raised right on the property. The menu leans heavily toward meat and game, a good match for the full-bodied red wines of the region.\r\n\r\nThe 200-acre Lacerta Winery estate accommodates tours upon special request, which can include a visit to impressive arched cellars. Pre-arranged tastings of either three or six of the winery\u2019s red, white and sweet bottlings are also available.