In the Media – 10 Best Wineries for Visiting in the U.S.

August 20, 2014
The Rhine House (Photo courtesy of Beringer Vineyards)
The Rhine House (Photo courtesy of Beringer Vineyards)

The Rhine House (Photo courtesy of Beringer Vineyards)

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 (no longer in operation) described ten different wineries across the U.S. that are well worth a visit.

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    Sand In My Suitcase
    August 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    We’ve biked and sipped our way around some of the wineries in the Sonoma Valley – so fun! We hear Washington has some great wineries too, but even though it’s fairly close, for some reason, we just haven’t made the effort to drive there (but we should). Closer to home, the Okanagan Valley in B.C. produces some great wines and has some lovely wine tasting rooms and winery restaurants.

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    August 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I’ve never been to any American wineries, but of course I’d love to, having tasted quite a few from supermarket shelves in England,Australia and South Africa – oh and Hong Kong too! Love the picture of the Rhine House. Are wineries in America generally housed in old properties, like many in South Africa dating back to the 1700’s or new architecturally interesting properties as in Australia which date back only to about 1960’s in Western Australia?

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    August 21, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Interesting, thanks…

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    August 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve never been to a winery, but have seen several driving through to Sacramento from Utah. It’s some of the most incredible and lush landscape!

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    September 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    With the fall chill setting in soon, this sounds like a great idea! Harvest season is upon us … love it!

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