The Perfect Vacation: Top 10 Wine Regions in the US
Traveling to Wineland is closer than you think. You don't have to travel overseas or cross the states to have a wine experience: some of the best wine regions in the country can be right in your backyard! These 10 Unique U.S. Wine Regions Compete With Napa Valley Only In Your State.
California's Napa Valley is the pinnacle of American viticulture. This is an area of almost 2000 square kilometers in Northern California. Hundreds of vineyards are located there, and Napa Valley is considered one of the best wine regions in the world. But the viticulture movement in America is not limited to Northern California; There are unique and incredible wine regions throughout the US that rival the richness and beauty of the Napa Valley.
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Walla Walla – Washington
Walla Walla has been repeatedly voted the best wine region in America, which is no surprise to anyone who has been there in recent years. With over 120 wineries, it's almost impossible to find a variety you don't like in Evergreen State. And since drunk driving is not welcome (and rightly so), we highly recommend booking a tour with Tesla Winery Tours. Not only can you visit five or six vineyards in one day, but you can do it in an eco-friendly way!
Willamette Valley - Oregon
There is nothing better than a trip to the wine country of Oregon. Willamette Valley is a flourishing and fertile land where grapes and wineries flourish. Best known for producing world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Wineries also produce top-notch Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Syrah and sparkling wines that are considered some of the best in America. This 240 km expanse is home to many world-renowned vineyards and wineries, with the eponymous Willamette Valley vineyards being some of the best. A fertile oasis where grapes meet cuisine, this is the wine country of Oregon.
Snake River Valley - Idaho
Idaho may be best known for its scenic views, world-class skiing, and epic outdoor pursuits, but did you know that the state had the first wineries in the Pacific Northwest? And of the more than 70 wineries found in the state, most of them are concentrated in the Snake River Valley, Idaho's first American wine region. It has a high altitude, a temperate climate and minimal rainfall.
This makes it more favorable for growing grapes, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Until the last few years, most people were completely unaware that the Snake River Valley produces such an unforgettable wine, which is why we put this place on your radar as a must-see wine destination in the USA.
Sonoma County - California
No list of must-see US wine regions would be complete without mentioning Sonoma County, Napa's wine-growing neighbor to the south. If you haven't seen the splendor of Sonoma County yet, now is the time to change that. From long established establishments like the Gundlach Bundschu Winery (in fact, the third oldest winery in the state) to family favorites like Chateau Diana, wine lovers have a lot to celebrate (and try!) in Sonoma County. With 99% of Sonoma County's vineyards certified as sustainable, it is the most sustainable wine region in the world.
290 “Wine Trail” – Texas
Texas Hill County isn't just one of the most scenic places in the state; it's also the state's own slice of wine country. Rolling countryside, sprawling estates, and breathtaking sunsets are all ingredients for a rejuvenating getaway, so adding a few glasses of high-quality wine is just the icing on the cake. 290 “Wine Trail” allows wine lovers to enjoy the bounty of the region, with most of the wineries located between He and Fredericksburg. The unique terroir of the Texas High Plains captures the essence of the area in the most exquisite and magnificent way, creating a unique wine tasting experience that you can only have in Texas. Among the countless places on the wine trail, Lost Draw Cellars is considered one of the best.
Yadkin Valley - North Carolina
A true viticultural oasis, the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina is home to dozens of first-class wineries and vineyards. This American wine region includes land in seven counties of northwestern North Carolina in the incredibly beautiful valley of the Yadkin River. The Yadkin Wine Shuttle service provides transportation to numerous world-class destinations in the valley, including unique locations such as the Devine Llama Vineyards (which, as its name suggests, is home to llamas) and the Slightly Askew Winery, a quirky place specializing in fruit.
Charlottesville — Virginia
Nicknamed "CVille" by residents, this charming southern city is home to local restaurants, beautiful outdoor venues, access to higher education, diversity, local art and more, including its own sublime Southern wine country. In fact, for oenophiles, Virginia is one of the leading wine-growing states in the country, and there are over 40 wineries in the Charlottesville area alone. Some of the most popular Charlottesville wineries include Barboursville, Jefferson Vineyards, Michael Shaps Wineworks, Early Mountain Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards, and both casual and serious wine aficionados will be very happy sipping Virginia wines while gazing at the enticing Blue Ridge Mountains.
Traverse City - Michigan
The splendor of #PureMichigan stretches far beyond its pristine lakes and islands, and the Great Lakes State is home to a growing wine country worthy of any oenophile's attention. In the state, 55% of Michigan's wine grapes are grown in the Traverse City area. The Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas are actually designated American viticultural areas; together, over 40 wineries throughout the area make up what is commonly referred to as the Traverse Wine Coast. Some must-see vineyards include the Chateau Chantal winery and inn, which offers a taste of French charm right in the Great Lakes state, and Mari Vineyards.
Finger Lakes - New York
Not only are the New York Finger Lakes very beautiful and picturesque, this region is one of the best wine regions in the US, which is truly one of the industry's best kept secrets. Considered the best in the area, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is where more than two dozen wineries produce authentic northeastern vintages and host year-round tasting tours and events. Among the route participants, Atwater Vineyards is a perennial favorite with 17 different grape varieties, including vitis vinifera (a species native to the Mediterranean region) and Franco-American hybrids. From reds and whites to rosés and sparkling wines, you're sure to find a new favorite drink at this New York winery.
Champlain Valley - Vermont
Fortunately, Vermont is considered the most intriguing and uniquely promising wine region in the country. With its four distinct seasons, including spring and autumn, characterized by warm days and cool nights, the diurnal shifts required for perfect winemaking, this place has become unique in winemaking.
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Among the state's many renowned wineries, the Boyden Valley Winery and Shelburne Vineyard are the best of the best, with the latter known for its red, white, rosé and ice wines.
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