You may not believe it, but every single state in the United States produces wine. Wherever you visit in the country, you have the opportunity to visit wineries and try different wines that make that region unique and enchanting. The next time you and your girls need a relaxing vacation, head out some of the best wine regions to visit in the U.S. (we’ve left California off the list because, as the top wine-producing state, it’s not even fair to include them!)
We hope you find somewhere magical to visit. As always, make sure to drink responsibly and know your limits.
Walla Walla, Washington
The state of Washington is the second-largest wine producer in the U.S., and Walla Walla is the region that makes it so. The small town is home to 100 different wineries to explore, and it also offers friendly locals and tons of farm-to-table restaurants. From fresh pinot noirs to crisp whites, you’ll get lost in the region’s ease. It’s easy to spend a refreshing weekend here.
Where to Sip: Sleight of Hand Cellars
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is a great spot for a friend’s trip for a multitude of reasons — the flavourful food and stunning sunsets are just a few of them. But there’s also the abundance of viticulture that’s begging to be explored. The unique geology and geography of the area produce a wonderful array of varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Gewurztraminer, and more. Bask in the sunshine with a glass in hand and your friends by your side.
Where to Sip: Black Mesa Winery
Kansas City, Missouri
Definitely an unexpected region on this list, Kansas City, Missouri, actually offers some of the most unique wines in the Midwest. Winemakers aren’t afraid to experiment, so if you need a taste of something fresh and new, this is the place to go. More than 125 wineries can be found in the state, with 50 near Kansas City. Enjoy the Paris of Plains — you won’t regret it.
Where to Sip: Belvoir Winery and Inn
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Encompassing seven different AVAs (American Viticultural Area) and more than 300 wineries, Oregon is home to the third-largest wine grape producer in the U.S. This region is a breathtaking and dynamic spot to visit—in true Portlandia fashion, a lot of these wineries are biodynamic, organic, and bursting with friendly faces. The personality you can experience at these destinations is part of what will make your vacation one to remember. How often do you get to sip with the actual winemaker in the room next door?
Where to Sip: Ponzi Vineyards
Finger Lakes, New York
Last on our list takes you to the East Coast. If you never thought you were much of a New Yorker, you must never have thought about the fabulous Finger Lakes region. It most definitely deserves to be a place on your wine tour, as there are tons of up-and-coming wineries here. There are over 100 different wineries to choose from, and all seem to be smack dab in the middle of some of the most ravishing natural beauty you can find. You won’t want to miss the relaxation and deliciousness waiting for you here.
Where to Sip: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars