The United States stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific offering Americans and visitors alike a chance to experience a variety of climates, cultures and environments. For anyone with wine on the mind, this really just means there’s a ton of wine to try! We have comprised a list of the top wine destinations in the beautiful US. West to California, east to Virginia, north to Michigan and south to Texas, we will be telling you where to find the tastiest wines, prettiest scenery and cutest towns. Read our blog and then start packing your bag!
Napa Valley Perhaps an obvious one, but would you really trust us if we didn’t mention America’s wine capital, Napa Valley? Let’s not forget this region north of the San Francisco Bay Area earned their reputation for good reason. They have produced some of the finest wines in the world, not to mention have breath-taking views and opportunities to pamper yourself at all times; over 400 vineyards, fine restaurants, elegant hotels, delightful spas, golf courses and much more.
Napa Valley gets around 5 million visitors every year and is particularly well-regarded for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel. The major towns include Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Napa and American Canyon. We would also recommend you checking out Sonoma Valley, about a half hour from Napa, but still offering a unique and lovely experience.
In upstate New York, you will find a completely different landscape and wine varietals. This region about an hour south of Rochester has rolling hills, great lake views and a laid-back, peaceful feel you just can’t find outside of the area. The Finger Lakes Wine Country homes over 100 wineries on these four finger-link lakes: Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua. Each lake has a unique wine trail with anywhere from seven to thirty-two member wineries per trail.
As every place on our list, there is more to do than just drink wine. The Finger Lakes area is known for their unique and frequent festivals. Everything from Peppermint Days in Lyons to Dairy Day in Dryden! Not to mention, the area has world-class museums like the Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Arnot Art Museum and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, as well as state parks and historical sites.
Texas Hill Country Cowboys, oil, football and…wine? That’s right, Central Texas, known as the Hill Country, is renowned for their wine. And true to the old statement, everything is bigger in Texas, this viticultural area spans 15,000 square miles. This land covers lush hills, great wineries, lavender fields, cute towns and the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! The Texas Hill Country boasts excellent chardonnays and also great cabernet sauvignon. We recommend going in spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom and cover the area. Be sure to browse the little town shops for cute wine accessories and gifts. From the lovely B&B’s in the German town of Fredericksburg to the dude ranches in Bandera (Cowboy Capital of the World), you will definitely find something for everyone in Central Texas.
Traverse City Wine Country
Michigan is another place you might not expect, but this area has a microclimate that creates an idea environment to harvest quality wines. The area is most highly-regarded for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Gewurtztraminer. The wineries of this region are situated on two peninsulas, the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula, overlooking into Canada. These peninsulas offer stunning views and is well-worth the visit!
If you like history, this is the wine country for you! Nestled in the Northern Neck of Virginia, this region’s wine makers include Thomas Jefferson. Along with exceptional wines, this area has George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the National Air and Space Museum, Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts and Arlington National Cemetery. Not to mention a ton of Civil War history. No matter what part of the county you are, you’re sure to find a vineyard not far!