From coast to coast, American wineries are producing top quality wines. Explore the best these regions and winemakers have to offer in New York, Virginia, Michigan, and last but certainly not least, California.
Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail takes you through the Niagara region's wineries near the coast of Lake Ontario in upstate New York. Tour on your own, or join a seasonal event like September's Harves Festival or October's Hallowine Murder Mystery Weekend. Sip and savor local varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Just minutes from Niagara Falls, this region's wineries also host local tasting events and festivals throughout the summer and fall.
Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
Bordered by the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is a picturesque and productive wine region. The wine trail runs from Leesburg to Lexington, north to south, and includes over twenty local wineries and hosts events throughout the year. Many Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail events combine the fruit of the vine with live music. Enjoy rich reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and lively whites like Seyval Blanc when you attend events like June's Wine and Jazz Festival or February's Valentine Chocolate and Wine.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
Northern Michigan's wine country's vineyards and wineries present the thriving viticulture of the Midwest, where a cool climate retains the taste and aroma of the grapes. Leelanau Peninsula growers produce a variety of cool climate varietals, and the area is known for Reisling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and other whites and white blends, but you'll find a lot of variety in this wine region as well.
In Suttons Bay, MI, make plans to visit Mawby's tasting room, ranked the “Number One Spot for Wine Tasting in Michigan” by Food & Wine magazine, for its superb sparkling wines. Follow the Leelenau Peninsula Wine Trail for a variety of Michigan wines and wine events, like August's popular Small Plates event, where you choose up to three seatings with gourmet wine and tapas pairings. In autumn, join the Hunt for the Reds of October tour to taste the featured red wines at wine trail wineries.
Many say Napa Valley is a champion among world-premier wine, and based on Napa's track record, it is pretty hard to argue. The high season for travelers runs through October for touring the stunning tiered hills, wine caverns and prestigious estates throughout California wine country. Here are a few wineries to add to your itinerary.
Kuleto Estate Winery: Swirl your glass with complex reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah at a private tasting. Nestled on the eastern edge of Napa Valley, Kuleto is open daily for tours and tastings by appointment or at one of its tasting events.
Quintessa: This estate concentrates on making a red meritage wine named for the vineyard. Quintessa is made from a blend of the varietals grown on the 280-acre estate and showcases the very best of Napa's microclimates. Make an appointment for a private tour to learn how the gravity-fed winery works, see the picturesque landscape and caves, and relax with a tasting of different vintages paired with local cheeses.