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Not only in California: where you can taste the best craft wine in the USA

Not just California! 14 US states that also produce surprisingly good wine, reports Fodors Travel.

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Some of the most exciting and promising wine regions are found in unexpected states such as Michigan and Wisconsin.

It is no secret in the American winemaking world that California attracts all the fame and attention.

However, there are many other promising wine regions where travelers can go, sample wine, and walk in vineyards with fewer people at a lower cost.

Whether it's Colorado, proving it's not just craft beer, or Tennessee, showing it's not just the home of whiskey.

These 14 states, including Utah, Georgia, New Jersey and Texas, are hidden gems of wine destinations worth visiting for all wine lovers.

1. Michigan

Michigan has more than 140 wineriesincluding four certified American vineyards and an extensive collection of wine routes to explore.

In northwest Michigan, adventure lovers should visit the city's winery Left foot charleylocated in a converted shelter.

In southwest Michigan visit Lemon Creek и Domaine Berrien, which are across the street from each other. Lemon Creek is home to a vast and one of the oldest vineyards in the state, where you can sample award-winning wines and enjoy exciting tours (such as a "van ride" through the vine fields).

Domaine is one of the few Rhone Rangers in the Midwest.

In southeast Michigan, take a look at Detroit vineyardslocated in the old Stroh's brewery in downtown Detroit.

This boutique-style winery boasts a seasoned industrial ambiance.

2. New Mexico

Wine has been produced in New Mexico for over 400 years, and today it is possible to explore throughout the state more than 50 wineries.

The three main concentration areas have three distinct AVAs (the American Wine Zone is the designated wine-growing region in the United States) - Middle Rio Grande Valley, Mimbres Valley, and Mesilla Valley.

Mesilla Valley is located on a stretch of Agricultural Highway 28. Therefore, you can not only taste, but also admire the scenery.

This piece of land has three outstanding wine tasting destinations: vineyards and wineries Rio Grande Vineyards & Winery, Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery и La Vina Winery.

Stop in Albuquerque (aka the "central" wine region of the state), visit a winery Noisy water winery in the Old Town area or a beautiful wineryCasa Rondena Winery just 15 minutes north of downtown Albuquerque.

Corrales Winery also features Native American and northern New Mexico Spanish-style architecture overlooking vineyards and the majestic Sandia Mountains.

3. Arizona

Arizona is a promising player in the modern wine scene and a must-see for enophiles.

In the high desert region of Arizona, three main grape-growing regions have emerged and grown, gaining international recognition since the 1970s: Sonoita, Willcox и Green Valley.

Those looking to create their own self-guided tour can upload the passport of the wine trail.

Arizona and an interactive map showing over 120 wineries and tasting rooms throughout Arizona.

After a day sipping a glass of wine, head back to Tucson, where a new hotel was recently opened. Citizen, which became the first wine hotel in Tucson.

This 10-room boutique hotel has partnered with a local wine producer Sand-Reckoner Vineyardswhere tastings are regularly held and guided tours to a nearby winery are offered.

4. Wisconsin

Usually when people think of Wisconsin, they think of cheese and beer, but in Wisconsin has an impressive wine tradition.

More than 800 acres of grapes are grown across the state, which are used to create varieties in more than 100 wineries.

Five different growing regions include the Driftless Region, Fox Valley, Door County, Glacial Hills, and Northwoods.

One of the most outstanding places to plan a Wisconsin wine trip in winter would be Ledge Stone Vineyards, which offers a classic ski run open for cross-country skiers and snowshoe lovers.

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A bonfire, mulled wine, craft wines and a selection of beers are the perfect after-snow adventure.

5. Idaho

Idaho and its wine regions cultivate hidden gems in over 60 wineries and 1300 vineyards.

Idaho Wine Country offers a Mecca of tasting opportunities.

In the northern wine region, visitors will find an American viticulture zone in Lewis-Clark Valley, where 16 vineyards are located, on which almost 100 acres of grapes are grown, from which 20 unique varieties are produced.

The Southwest Wine Region has a four-season climate with ancient volcanic soil and an abundant water supply.

Visit Sunnyslope Wine Trail, part of AVA The Snake River Valley, covering 20000 square kilometers with 1125 acres currently planted.

There is also Southwest Urban Wine Region, which is concentrated in the capital city of Boise, where wineries and tasting rooms are located where you can enjoy local flavors and aromas without leaving the city.

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6. North Carolina

North Carolinait ranks seventh in wine production and boasts numerous wine tastings in all regions - from the mountains to Piedmont and the coast.

There are over 200 wineries in North Carolina, approximately 50 of which are located in the American Yadkin Valley wine zone, which covers 5000 square kilometers (that's more than Rhode Island!).

But there is no shortage of fabulous wine destinations across the state, each with its own personality.

Vineyards and winery Grassy Creek Vineyards & Winery in Elkin in the Yadkin Valley are known for their varied selection and newly opened swimming trails in the forest. Elkin Creek Vineyard is home to excellent wine, cozy cottages by the stream, a historic mill and delicious wood-fired cuisine.

In the vineyards Divine llama vineyards in the East Bend guests can book a unique 3,2 km wine tasting and a llama hike.

There is also a winery in Mount Airy Old north state winerywhich is said to be a haunted house.

7. Utah

Growing wine southern Utah trail offers secluded spots for a wine experience and features a collection of five wineries, each within a short drive of each other.

By filling out the wine passport card, there is a chance to win a prize for visiting each of them!

Start by visiting the resort Water Canyon Resort & Vineyards in the region Greater Zion, which includes 1,5 acres of vineyards and 900 vines and produces three varieties: Sangiovese, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon.

This winery is known for producing only "natural wines".

Then visit the vineyards Zion vineyards, which proudly produce an award-winning collection including Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignon, Grenache Blanc, Grenache, Petite Syrah and Syrah.

Visit the winery to complete the itinerary Bold & Delaney Winery vineyards Chanela vineyards and the winery I / G Winery.

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8. Georgia

If you want to get all-round wine tasting experience Georgia, visit Dahlonega (aka Georgia Wine County) is a great place to start because it has the highest concentration of wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms in the entire state.

Winery Montaluce Winery offers wine hikes, which is truly the best way to "connect" the landscape of North Georgia with its enduring wine culture.

Outside Dahlonega, hike the wine trail Unicoi Wine Trail, which includes six wineries, some of which are family run.

The trail has its own free app that includes detailed information on destinations and events throughout the year.

Also be sure to visit the vineyards Yonah mountain vineyards.

This winery is home to the only known "wine cave" in Georgia, which visitors can tour on weekends.

There are also cellars nearby Serenity cellarsfamous for their combination of old and new world winemaking, incendiary live music and pizza parties in a brick oven on weekends.

9. New Jersey

New Jersey Wine Experience evolved from a small collection of vineyards to four fully defined AVAs with over 50 wineries and vineyards.

South Jersey in particular has expanded to produce some of the most famous East Coast wines.

A must-see for the award-winning wineriesAutumn lake winery in Williamstown and William Heritage Winery in Mullika Hill.

Alternatively, visit the Outer Coastal Plain's Regional Wine Trails, including the “Two bridges wine trail»With nine stops, the wine trail of the reserve Pinelands Reserve Wine Trail with eight stops and a wine trail Cape May Wine Trail with six stops.

Among several fan-favorite wineries - Sharrott Winery on the Pinelands Trail, a six-acre family vineyard in the heart of Hammonton's pine forests, renowned for producing over four thousand cases a year.

There is also a winery here. Cape may winery home to some of the oldest vines in the area, co-founded with the agricultural cooperative Rutgers over 30 years ago.

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10. Virginia

Virginia winemakers combine the subtlety of wine-making technologies of the Old World with the boldness of new trends.

In state 312 wineries in ten wine regions with seven American vineyards.

Most wineries in Virginia are small and family owned, which means local wines are not produced in bulk, but rather boutique style, each with a story to tell.

Attempts to produce wine in Virginia date back to the early American settlers, but it wasn't until the late 1970s that the wine industry began to take root in the state.

Virginia currently cultivates over 4000 acres of 28 varieties.

There is many wine trailsworth exploring, including the wine trail Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, which includes seven of the best wineries, a rich history (think "the birthplace of George Washington") and a collection of scenic waterways.

For those who are close to the national capital, there is also a winery Loudoun's DC Wine Countryknown as "Napa Valley of the Mid-Atlantic".

11. Texas

В Texas hill country there are over 50 wineries that thrive in the region's unique microclimate.
The largest grape and wine festival in the Southwestern United States, GrapeFest, takes place at Grapevine.

Travelers can sign up for an organized tour of Texas wine trail or go on an independent trip.

Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and Marble Falls are major cities that can be the starting point for exploring these wineries.

First, the LubbockOffering a wide variety of wineries and tasting rooms, is a hidden gem of Texas serving high quality wines. Then taste some of the oldest vines in Texas at the winery Ph Pheasant Ridge Winery

Then taste award-winning drinks at the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant. McPherson Cells, or enjoy the cozy atmosphere in La diosa cellars... Finally, don't forget to look into the cellars Stonewall's pedernales with world-class wine and breathtaking views of the Pedernales River Valley below.

12. Colorado

Colorado is generally renowned for its craft beers, but the area Grand junction The state is undoubtedly one of the most inconspicuous wine regions in the country.

Visit the winery and castle Two Rivers Winery and Chateauideally located in a breathtaking vineyard next to a large castle where guests can see the vibrant colors of the Colorado National Monument from their windows.

Colorado's Grand Valley is home to about 30 wineries and vineyards, which host tastings, tours, and even the annual Colorado Highlands Wine Festival every September.

The region's unique climate is created by the warmth emanating from the nearby towering Book Cliffs, contrasting with cool nights and the abundant flow of water from the Colorado River, creating ideal conditions for growing aromatic grapes.

Some of the key players producing quality wines in the region are Restoration vineyards, Mesa Park Vineyards, Maison la belle Vie and Red Fox.

Also, be sure to include in your tasting program Sauvage Spectrumas it is one of the first wineries in the region to produce sparkling wines.

13. Tennessee

Turns out Tennessee isn't just for whiskey!

More than 60 wineries across the state provide an extensive collection of scenic spots to enjoy an impressive selection of grapes.

Plan your trip along the wine trail Upper Cumberland Wine Trailoffering beautiful scenery of waterfalls, rivers and a varied selection of wines.

Start your day with Cellar 53, a family owned farm located in Brush Creek that offers everything from sweet to dry and seasonal wines.

Then visit a picturesque winery Highland Manor Winery, the oldest licensed winery in the state, dating back to pre-Prohibition.

The Wine Trail is just an hour's drive from Nashville Natchez Trace Wine Trail with four famous wineries worth visiting.

Winery Keg Springs Winery offers a free buffet and wine specialties, and the winery Amber Falls Winery Is a breath of fresh air with its spacious and relaxing outdoor patio.

Finally, Natchez Hills Vineyard offers decent wines and one of a kind "Naughty tea»For those who want to try something new.

14. Maine

Wine world Maine is quaint and picturesque, but as strong as its natural scenery.

Visit the winery Cellardoor Winery,, 5,5-acre estate planted with frost-resistant hybrids bred to be resilient in rugged terrain and the harsher climates of Maine.

Then visit a vineyard and winery Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, which produces wine from 10 varieties of hybrid grapes grown in the vineyard, and blueberry wine with blueberries grown in the local fields.

There is also a winery and distillery Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery, a family run business with a variety of wines and spirits and a sunny veranda overlooking their vast grounds.

This winery is open on New Years Eve, making it a great place to warm up during the cold Northeast winter months.

Finally, the winery Winterport Winery offers a wide selection of award-winning fruit wines - from blueberry to pear - and the famous outdoor veranda overlooking the scenic Penobscot River.

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