Amazing Wineries in the USA for Your Next Tour
Many travelers are smartly opting for U.S.-based travel this year. While many travelers dream of a wine tour in Europe, you don’t have to go that far to visit an incredible winery. From coast to coast you will find amazing wineries in the USA. Enjoy stunning scenery and an unparalleled experience. Check out our list of the six best wineries in the USA for your next tour:
The Cottage, Cleveland, GA
The Cottage Vineyard and Winery is tucked inside the quaint town of Cleveland, GA near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Owners Jim and Sandra found their passion for wine and vineyards when Jim was stationed in Europe with the military. They grow Chardonnay, Merlot, Viognier, Syrah, Muscat, and Pinot Meunier right on the estate. Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle and purchase a bottle to take home via a tasting. Summers are long and the winters are short in Georgia, and weather permitting, you can enjoy the surrounding countryside at the outdoor bar.
Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa, CA
Founded in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in stunning St. Helena, Duckworth Vineyards is one of Napa Valley’s first 40 vineyards. Wine aficionados can enjoy wine at a breathtaking estate home with a wrap-around veranda. The veranda sits on the 10-acre property along the Silverado Trail. In 2017, their Merlot Napa Valley from the Three Palms Vineyard was chosen from over 16,000 other wines as Top Wine of the Year by Wine Spector. Their Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also must-tries. The estate home is within walking distance of 10 vineyards. Taste and tours are by reservation only.
L’Ecole No 41 – Walla Walla Valley, WA
Marty and Megan Clubb are second-generation owners of L’Ecole No 41 in tiny Walla Walla, Washington. The brand operates out of an old French-style schoolhouse which they feature on the wine labels. Open since 1983, L’Ecole was the third winery to open in the region. The winery has been honored with several accolades over the years including Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine 15 times. Sample Cabernet Sauvignon and other award-winning wines for only $10.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Finger Lakes, NY
The Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is one of over 100 wineries around New York’s popular Finger Lakes that flourishes for growing Reisling wines, thanks to the glacial lake environment. Vitner, Dr. Frank, introduced Reisling and Gewürztraminer grapes to the area. Later, his son launched Chateau Frank sparkling wines and the less expensive Salmon Run wines. Tastings are complimentary in the Dr. Konstantin Frank Tasting Room along with gorgeous views of Keuka Lake. For a more intimate experience and the chance to taste limited releases and more premium wines, book the 1962 Tasting Room.
Oregon’s spectacular Willamette Valley is known as the green and gold wine country. Here you’ll find some of the best wineries in the USA. One of them is Kramer Vineyards in the town of Gaston, a two-generation family estate that has been growing excellent Reisling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and more for over 30 years. Enjoy the scenery and a gourmet lunch with one of the vineyard’s superb signature wines. Guests can also book events and weddings at the estate.
Colterris Winery, Palisade, CO
Finally, no scenic travel list is complete without Colorado! Take a trip into Colorado’s desert region to Palisdase, an oasis of lush orchards that grow fine wines with delicate hints of peach, lavender, cherry, and other estate-grown wines at Colterris, one of the best wineries in the state. They also produce excellent Cabernet, Merlot, and Bordeaux varieties. Sample wines indoors or outdoors in the courtyard amidst views of the mighty Colorado River and the foothills of the Grand Mesa. You can book tours and tastings with a variety of options from private tastings to extensive tours. Colterris is one of the few wineries in the area where walk-ins are welcome.
If you’re looking for a domestic trip, it’s a great time to explore the best wineries in the USA. There is so much to see and do right in your own backyard! Be sure to check each one for Covid-19 guidelines such as socially distanced tours and outdoor seating.