Napa Valley isn't the only destination for a good wine tasting! Below are some of best unexpected vineyards and hidden gem vacation spots around the United States for wine lovers.
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and The Appalachian range to the west, the Shenandoah Valley is known for its breathtaking fall colors and a variety of full bodied wines. The warm temperatures, lower elevation, and fertile soil in the make for some exceptional grapes that turn into high proof wines that are sought after around the country. There are more than 20 different wineries to visit while you're there, so vineyard hopping is your best bet to see them all!
Willamette Valley, OR
Oregon's leading wine region, Willamette Valley is home to over 500 wineries. Although the valley is known mostly for its world class Pinot noir, winemakers produce a variety of high quality blends, including Syrah, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, and more. There are plenty of BnB's, restaurants, and outdoor activities to keep you busy during your visit. Try one of the pre-planned tasting routes for the best vino and views Oregon has to offer.
Santa Barbara, CA
We would be remiss if we didn't include California wine country in our list. Whether you're searching for an urban city scene or a vineyard with views, you can definitely find it in Santa Barbara wine country. The various tasting rooms offer your favorite vintages, and you can get your hands on unique wines like Tocai Friulano, Mourvedre, and Grenache Blanc.
Grand Junction, CO
If you are looking for a unique outdoor experience, try the wine tasting bike tours through the Palisades. You can rent a bike from a local shop and meander around to the 20+ wineries in the area. The Fruit and Wine Byway will take you past fruit stands, farms, and orchards where you can stop and taste locally grown harvest. The truly adventurous can also take a wine rafting trip down the Colorado River!
Finger Lakes, NY
Already a popular East Coast Getaway, The wine country in Finger Lakes only adds to its appeal. Wine and food pairing events are held frequently along their three main wine trails, where you have the opportunity to visit eight, 16, or 35 wineries depending on the trail you choose! There are no shortage of charming bed n' breakfasts, cafe's and even family friendly cottages to check out while you're there.
Texas Hill Country, TX
There are over 50 wineries spread across the 25 counties that make up Texas Hill Country. In the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom, the wineries put on their annual Wine & Wildflower journey. You can see sip on award winning vintages while taking in the natural beauty of Texas in the spring. There are also specialty shops, spas, and fine country dining to add to your experience.