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Sprinkled across the country are some of the world’s most renowned wineries – opening their doors to locals and tourists alike. Featuring an assortment of whites, reds and blends, a trip through a vineyard is a delightful addition to any road trip. Plus, winemakers and winery owners are among the world’s most charming and interesting people, so you surely won’t be disappointed with your visit. Ready to explore a winery for yourself and taste all that it’s cracked up to be? We’ve complied our favorite U.S. Wineries:
The Yadkin Valley is located among the rolling hills of Lexington, North Carolina and is home to some of the South’s finest vines and winemakers. The Childress Vineyards, a Tuscan-style vineyard, produces a broad range of wines that appeal to both the introductory palate and the seasoned taster. Owned by famous NASCAR driver Richard Childress and one of the most prominent wineries in the state’s re-emerging wine industry, Childress Vineyard has grown from 21 to more than 100 wineries since the year 2000.
A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery, tucked within the Willamette Valley, truly lives up to its name when becoming full bloom in Spring. In April, visitors will see the Asian Pear bloom and the greening of the Magnolia tree, delicately shading the path on the way to the Tasting Room and carpeting the ground with its pale pink petals. While Oregon is a world-class wine region with more than 600 wineries, A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery remains on top of our list.
The Ravenswood Winery is located in the famous wine country of Sonoma County in California. It is one of the most respected producers of the Zinfandel grape in California. Ravenswood offers tours and tastings for visitors daily and features a prodigious portfolio of Single Vineyard Designate wines, each proudly titled with the name of the distinctive vineyard where the fruit grew. Spring Lakes Winery Lockport, NY Ready for an adventure into Niagara’s countryside? Stroll through Spring Lakes Winery’s graceful vineyards or ride along the Vineyard Express. Located near the Niagara Falls Wine Trail, boasts with beautiful tours by train through the Niagara countryside. Don’t forget to stop in for lunch and enjoy a meal at the winery to warm the soul and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Napa Valley, CA
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Cakebread cellars is a highly acclaimed winery in Napa Valley, founded in 1973. It is considered to be one of the most successful and respected wineries in America. This vineyard is also a green-certified winery, and the vineyards are farmed organically and sustainably. Through a commitment to quality, Cakebread Cellars has become renowned for its world-class vineyards, wines, and hospitality. Barking Rocks Winery Grandbury, TX Small batches of premium wines are handcrafted in an old rock barn located between historic Granbury and Thorp Springs at this Texas winery. Barking Rocks Winery offers guests a quiet, quaint and casual experience and boasts a selection of ten different types of wine. (They even have plans to expand their collection in the coming year!) Tours are available daily and tastings may be scheduled by appointment.
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Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s founding winery featuring award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience. A winery known for combing Old World Winemaking with New World Winemaking, its historic chateau is located only a short drive from Seattle. Guests are invited to participate in daily tours and tastings to truly experience this French-inspired winery firsthand.
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