October Wine Tours Around the U.S.

From coast to coast, top-notch wineries are everywhere. Explore vintage establishments from New York, Virginia, Michigan and last but certainly not least, California.

Niagara Wine Trail

Olcott vacation rental #468773vb
Olcott vacation rental #468773vb


Traveling with a big group? This is the stop for you. Come celebrate Hallowine Murder Mystery Weekend as you piece together clues across 15 wineries and sip your fair share of savory pinot and top-of-the-line Bordeaux. Just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, the Wine Trail lets you uncork some the tastiest stuff out there. The Halloween bash takes place Oct. 18 to 20, and on all three nights the festivities end at 5 p.m. It costs $30 online and $35 at the door.

Tickets include a tasting of three wines and are valid for all three days of the event. Please note that transportation is not included, but there plenty of companies willing to drive your ghoulish gathering around.


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Virginia

Front Royal vacation rental #238623
Front Royal vacation rental #238623


Linden Vineyards: Adored by wine critics, Linden Vineyards spoils you on its Petit Verdot that has been aged in oak for almost two years. Delight in some of the finest vintages on the East Coast - they keep it small and peaceful here while offering an educational tour of their cellar and vineyard. Unfortunately, Linden is unable to accommodate groups of more than six. It runs $12 for reserve cellars tastings on the weekends.

Chateau O’Brian: Drink in luxury at the award-winning French-style winery Chateau O’Brian. Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia, it features some the top wine in the area. There are three lavish vineyards and a tasting room which opens Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Usually tastings last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. A classic wine tasting costs $8 per person, while sipping and swirling the cellar collections and private reserve are $15 and $35 per guest.


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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City vacation rental #3521954
Traverse City vacation rental #3521954


Midwesterners, there is a getaway not too far away!

L. Mawby: Ranked “Number One Spot for Wine Tasting in Michigan” by Food & Wine magazine, L. Mawby produces only superb sparkling wines. They graciously offer at least two wines for tasting free of charge, and the following glasses will run from $5 to $9. Sip back on some bubbly Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery: Delight in some of the best Chardonnay along the Lake Michigan Shore at the Cody Kresta Winery. This warm, Tuscan-inspired tasting room is ideal for you and that special someone. It offers a 20-acre estate where you can explore the thriving viticulture of the Midwest, where a cool climate retains the taste and aroma of the grapes. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Napa Valley, California

Calistoga vacation rental #461932vb
Calistoga vacation rental #461932vb


Many winos say Napa Valley is a champion among world-premier wine, and based on their track record, it is pretty hard to argue with these claims. Since the high season lasts through October, this time of year will be a prime time to escape. You’ll be riding high as you discover the stunning tiered hills, wine caverns and prestigious estates throughout California Wine Country.

Kuleto Estate Winery: Swirl your glass with a selection of the world-premier wine, including c cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and syrah that Kuleto crafts to perfection. Nestled on the eastern edge of Napa Valley, this high-class establishment is open daily for tours and tastings by appointment only at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Expect deliciousness and formality as you gaze across more than 82 blocks of beautiful vines.

Quintessa: Prepare your palate for an explosion of impeccable Bordeaux-style blends made from a secret vineyard on the 280-acre estate. On the tour you’ll learn how the gravity-fed winery works ansd relax with a tasting of two vintages paired with local cheeses. Sign up for this insightful $25 tour and tasting.

Whatever part of the country you’re looking to visit, there is an upper-shelf winery waiting to show you around.


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