Best wine regions in the U.S. you haven't visited yet

Look beyond California for your next favorite wine-lover's destination. This infographic guide will show you some of America's other best wine producing regions and the wines you'll want to taste when you go.

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Texas

Top varieties of wine in Texas

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier

Texas has 3,700 acres of vineyards and 245 wineries. Texas wine country spans the state, with growers in:

  • Texas Panhandle (High Plains)
  • West Texas
  • The Hill Country
  • Southeast Texas — the Gulf Coast
  • North Texas
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Virginia

Wine has been produced in Virginia since the early days of European colonization in the 17th century. Albermarle County in central Virginia is the state's largest grape producer.

Top varieties of wine in Virginia

  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Petit Manseng
  • Reisling

Virginia has 2,400 acres of vineyards and 210 wineries. Virgina's regions each grow wine grapes:

  • Northern Virginia
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Hampton Roads
  • Central Virginia
  • Southern Virginia
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Shenandoah Valley
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Oregon

Winemaking in Oregon dates back to the days of the first pioneers in the 1840s, with commercial production beginning in the 1960s. Today, Oregon is one of the largest wine-producing states.

Top varieties of wine in Oregon:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Riesling

Oregon has over 20,000 acres planted and 419 wineries. Oregon's wine-growing regions include:

  • Willamette Valley
  • Umpqua Valley
  • Rogue Valley
  • Snake River Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
  • Columbia Gorge
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New York

New York's best wineries have a long history. In fact, the nation's oldest continuously operated winery was established in the state in 1839. New York is the third-largest wine producer in the country, averaging 40 million gallons annually.

Top varieties of wine in New York

  • Riesling
  • Seyval Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Vitis Labrusca

New York has 31,745 acres of vineyards and over 306 wineries. 85% of wine production in New York comes from the Finger Lakes region. New York's wine country regions are:

  • Lake Erie/Chautauqua
  • Finger Lakes
  • Hudson River
  • Long Island
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Washington

Washington is the second-largest producer of wine in the United States. Its exports are sent to over 40 countries around the world. In the summer, Washington gets over 17 hours of sunlight per day.

Top varieties of wine in Washington State:

  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sangiovese

Washington has 44,000 acres of vineyards and over 740 wineries. Washington's growing regions are concentrated on the central and southern part of the state and include the regions:

  • Yakima Valley
  • Red Mountain
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla
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