The popularity of wine-tasting has skyrocketed over the past few years, with people all over the country flocking to vineyards for a taste of wine with good company. As summertime approaches, many choose to plan their vacations based around popular wine destinations. Whether you are vacationing with friends or as a couple looking for a romantic getaway, wine destinations can offer a fun experience for all involved. Aside from tasting delicious wine and food, you can experience beautiful scenery and learn more about the wine-making process. Here are some of the best wine destinations to visit this summer:
Walla Walla, Washington
As the second largest producer of wine in the U.S., Washington state is a great summer vacation destination. Head to the town of Walla Walla and explore more than 100 wineries that are scattered throughout the small town. There are several wine tours available to take you safely around to each winery if you so choose. Aside from wine-tasting, there are a dozen of delightful restaurants as well as hiking opportunities and museums to visit. Or, spend your afternoon walking through the historic mainstreet.
Finger Lakes, New York
Known for its lakes, beautiful mountainsides, and lush green forests, the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York has long been a popular wine destination. Due to the chilly climate, this region produces some of the best Riesling, Pinot Noir, and ice wines. The area is packed with historic wineries and wine trails that every avid wine drinker will love to visit. When you aren’t sipping wine, there are tons of outdoor activities to partake in!
Texas Hill Country, Texas
The Texas Hill Country is an up-and-coming area for wine enthusiasts, with over 50 wineries throughout the expansive region. The dry, hot climate of this area is ideal for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. With several towns to visit, from Austin to Fredericksburg, it can be overwhelming planning your trip. However, there are many resources and wine trails that take the headache out of your planning. Along your route, you can enjoy wildflowers, antique hunting, and one of the many popular food festivals that pop up throughout the region.
Rich in history, Charlottesville is an affordable destination for any wine enthusiast. Plan your visit using the Monticello Wine Trail, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s passion for winemaking. Jefferson planted the first grapes in this region during his presidency, and it has since become an iconic area for wine production. The trail consists of 33 wineries, all conveniently within a short distance to Charlottesville.