If there’s one thing the US has a lot of, it’s wine, and with a country so big, that was actually pretty inevitable. You can obviously buy wine anywhere in the nation but there are a few spots that you’ll definitely want to visit if you are a wine aficionado. We’re going to cover three of the most popular spots that are widely known as ‘wine country’ within the United States. You might just want to put them on your next vacation itinerary.
You might know it as wine country, but Napa Valley has a little bit of everything if you’re willing to explore. Naturally you have the multiple vineyards including the Baldacci Family Vineyards, Andretti Winery, and the Chateau Montelena. Are there others? Absolutely, and you’ll learn all about them when you make your first visit. Speaking of visits, the best way to see the valley is via the Napa Valley Wine Train which serves newcomers quite well with wine tasting education, meals, and of course, visits to local wineries for tastings. Napa is an outstanding tourist location and it’s no surprise that so many people visit each and every year. You’re definitely going to want to put this one on your list of places to visit the next time you’re in California.
The cool thing about Sonoma is the Russian River Wine Road which features more than 100 wineries including:
- Clos du Bois
- Stryker Sonoma
- Harvest Moon Estate and Winery
If you really want to get your foot in the door make sure you take a look at the ‘futures’ being offered, which is the chance to actually buy wine before it is bottled. You get it at a discount, and its guaranteed wine. Beyond that, you might want to have a look at The Wine Road which is a conglomeration of 165 wineries across the Alexander, Dry Creek, and the Russian River Valley. They host a barrel event every year, allowing you the chance to taste some of the most exclusive wines. If you’re into wine, this is definitely the place you want to be.
The 1850’s saw the first generation of wine grapes in Mendocino county, and while their endeavor was born out of the gold rush failure, it went on to bring some of the finest wines known to the country. This area is a piece of American history and is home to some of the greatest vineyards in the country. There are even Mendo wine tours which allow for complete VIP treatment as you work your way through a ton of locations, from wine, to local cheeses, artisan breads, and much more. You won’t want to pass up the Parducci Wine Cellars either – it’s the oldest winery in the country and a standard in quality.
Wine is serious business in California, and if you’re coming to the state, you’ll definitely want to take a look at what the various areas have to offer. It’s one area of the country that only gets better with age.[Image Credit]