Looking for a relaxing end-of-summer getaway? You don’t need to cross the Atlantic for unique winery tours or tasting experiences.
Though about half of all 7,500 U.S. wineries are located in California, 12 other states (Washington, Oregon, New York, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Missouri, Colorado and Illinois) have more than 100 wineries each within their borders.
The autumn harvest season is the perfect time to visit wineries near and far.
“Wineries allow you to watch the grapes come in from the vineyard and see all the action in the cellar,” says Jonathan Elliman, co-founder of CellarPass, an app that helps consumers plan itineraries in popular wine regions like Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Before you go, do some research because wineries differ in terms of their size, history, setting and offerings. Also check scheduled opening hours, and determine whether advance reservations are necessary. (Note: If you are traveling with kids, many wineries have age restrictions.)
My article on Grandparents.com (no longer in operation) described ten different wineries across the U.S. that are well worth a visit.
- Also see 6 Hotels and Resorts for Wine-Lovers on NextAvenue.org.