While Italy and Spain get all the attention for creating fine wines enjoyed the world over, the United States is becoming a formidable contender for a place in the world’s wine industry. You are likely familiar with the popularity of Napa, California’s wine country, but you may not know much about the other wonderful wine destinations in the United States! You don’t have to travel to Europe or Napa to enjoy wonderful wines—there are plenty of world-class wines crafted under the Stars and Stripes. Check out some of these awesome U.S. wine destinations, and you’ll be delighted by the variety and quality you find!
Yamhill County, Oregon
This is a romantic place, one you’ll want to share with your sweetheart. The beautiful Oregon rural region is full of activities and sights that are sure to delight you! Not only are there 80 wineries here—more than one winery per 5 miles—but there is also plenty to do for fun! One crowd-drawing event is the annual Willamette Shakespeare season. Come out for a show or two! You can also stick around for weekend nights of live music and other events in the vineyards.
King County, Washington
Tucked into the rising hills of Washington’s loveliest countryside, you’ll find King County and its many wineries. At last count, there were about 60 wineries here. However, this is a fast growing wine county, so you may find even more when you visit! Be sure to check out Andrew Will Winery. Here, you’ll find delicious red wines, such as Sangiovese. Check the community calendar to find out when the next local wine festival is. You won’t want to miss it!
San Louis Obispo, California
If you visit San Louis Obispo County, make plans to visit several wineries! There are over 100 wineries here, and many of them are located near each other. You can drive around the area and hit quite a few in a single day. One of the most famous vineyards is Tablas Creek Vineyard, so be sure to plan this one into your itinerary. This is an expensive place, as far as accommodations go, so plan to spend a lot on your Airbnb when you’re budgeting for this trip. However, it will definitely be more than worth it for a chance to discover this region.
Sonoma Country, California
A sunset in the vineyards of Sonoma County can’t be rivaled! You’ll hardly believe you’re so near the big, smoggy city of San Francisco. Escape from the urban jungle for a weekend—this place has everything you need to relax and forget about your stress! This county has a high concentration of wineries, so you’ll have no lack of options. There is one winery for every six square miles!
Alameda Country, California
Alameda County is beautiful because of its rolling acres of vineyards, no doubt, but it is also stunning in its own right. Here, you’ll find canyons and ridges that lend a picturesque look to the landscape, plus open skies and plenty of wildlife. Journey here is you want to experience authentic California wine culture in all its glory! You can explore the area’s 40 wineries and take nature hikes between tasting sessions.
Santa Barbara County, California
When you take a wine tour in Santa Barbara County, you may be surprised to discover the wide variety of wines and grapes that are available from local wineries. As you will learn, this is due to the numerous micro-climates and soil types in the region. There are over 50 types of grapes grown for over 70 wineries! If you think you’ve already seen everything (at least, everything that has to do with wine), then make this your next destination.
Walla Walla County, Washington
Walla Walla County is a nice place to visit, but it’s not the scenery that draws visitors! This area boasts the world’s biggest Concord grape winery, Snake River Vineyard. Be sure to put this on your list of places to go in Walla Walla! The entire region has over 50 wineries, including both rural and downtown options. Check out some of the cellars for a taste of vintage Walla Walla wine!
Suffolk County, New York
While the West Coast is more famous for its wine production, the East Coast has a wonderful wine culture all its own! This county is located in Long Island, New York. It includes the eastern edge of the New York City metro area, so this wine region is a wonderful addition to any New York City trip! Travel from the bustling metropolis to the quiet, green countryside just a few miles away, and you’ll find a whole new world among the vineyards.
Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Of course, we can’t let the coasts have all the fun! Northwest Michigan boasts excellent wine country, as well. For the very best wine in the county, head to Traverse City, where you’ll find numerous wineries and wine-tasting opportunities. Traverse City’s specialty is cherry flavored wines, due to the many cherries that also grow here. One of the most popular wineries in Michigan is Chateau Grand Traverse. Don’t forget to make a stop here to try fruit wines!
Whether you want to visit the East Coast, West Coast, or Midwest, you won’t have any problem finding great wine destinations! Take a chance on a wine region that isn’t named Napa—you’ll find wine tasting delights and vineyard tours that you are sure to love! The United States wine culture has so much to offer, and it’s just waiting for you to explore it.