MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A California-based travel Web site chose Spain's Asturias region to top its list of the world's "Top Five Places for Cider."
VirtualTourist.com said the cider makers in Asturias embrace showmanship in its pouring rituals, allowing the public to watch as the cider and its destined glass are kept two to three feet apart during pouring to aerate the beverage.
La Route du Cidre, a 25-mile stretch of road in France's Normandy region, was picked as No. 2 on the list for the massive number of cider producers lining the road.
The Web site chose western New York state as third on the list for the farms, apple orchards and cider mills that work in tandem to create the freshest cider for visitors.
Fourth was the Frankfurt region of Germany, which boasts several pubs serving Ebbelwoi, a traditional alcoholic cider variant popular with locals and visitors alike.
Rounding out the list was Somerset, England, which has embraced cider as part of its local tradition since the 1600s, with frequent festivals, tastings and educational lectures devoted to the drink.