Mention a United States wine tour and conversation will usually turn to Napa Valley or the neighbouring Sonoma County, but wine is grown in every one of the country’s 50 states – with several region’s producing vintages that compare to California’s finest
The Golden State does account for almost 90% of the USA’s entire wine production, while its multitude of wineries, award-winning vintages and welcoming atmosphere has made it the prominent destination for wine tours USA. However, there are also many lesser-known winegrowing regions in the country that deserve to be explored. At Wine Paths, our local expert can organize exclusive United States wine tours, including elaborate tastings, luxury accommodation, fine dining experiences and some unique activities.
Here is an overview of 10 of the finest wine regions that can be visited in the US:
Napa Valley remains the largest wine region in America and is home to more highly rated wineries than anywhere else in the country. Although the region contributes only 4% to California’s entire production, the vineyards here produce arguably the most revered (and expensive) wines in the USA – while wine tourism is exceptionally catered for with five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants and luxury spas.
Neighbouring Sonoma County, which lies west of Napa Valley toward the Pacific Ocean, is often regarded as a more tranquil alternative with fewer crowds and more scenic views. Although several grape varieties are grown here, the region is renowned for California’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon.
Known for its cliffs, gorges and stunning walking trails, there are few American wine regions more scenic than rural New York state. Finger Lakes’ 50 wineries can be explored as part of a United States wine tour using three trails – the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest in the US, established in 1983.
There are around 100 wineries spread out across five areas in Walla Walla, most of which are small boutique estates producing the country’s best Bordeaux-style varietals. The beautiful region features vast sagebrush deserts carved by picturesque rivers, while the town is charming and moves at a relaxed pace.
This Texas region is popular for wine tours USA, attracting more than five million visitors annually to its 46 distinct wineries between Austin and New Braunfels. Covering almost 10 million acres, it is one of the largest wine regions in the states, with vineyards dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Since it is settled on the same latitude as Bordeaux in France, Willamette Valley has become synonymous with the production of highly rated Pinot Noir. The rolling hills and hazelnut tree orchards are within touching distance of Portland, making day trips from the city an extremely popular pastime.
Regarded as the birthplace of American wine, Charlottesville is renowned for its old-style wines inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of viticulture. The former US president planted the first grapes while in office and there are now around 300 wineries in the region.
This Californian region is becoming a popular destination for United States wine tours because of its close proximity (three-hour drive) to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Visitors are attracted by the beauty of the Santa Lucia foothills and its excellent value wines compared to elsewhere in the state.
Snake River is one of the oldest AVAs (American Viticultral Area) in Idaho, and where 90% of the state’s vineyards are located across five million acres. The region boasts panoramic views of the nearby Owyhee Mountain Ranges and is an ideal place to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and white-water rafting.
If you are interested in taking a United States wine tour, contact Wine Paths for more information and inspirational ideas before planning a bespoke trip. All of our private tours can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy the matter at hand.