One of the best times to visit wine country is during fall. The leaves change colors, and the wineries are abuzz with activity. Here are 12 wine destinations that are ideal for a trip in the fall.
1. Yamhill County, Oregon
Yamhill County has over 80 local wineries, 7 of which appear on many lists as the top spots for wine in the country. The renowned Domaine Drouhin Oregon winery is a must visit when traveling through this region.
2. Texas Hill Country, Texas
This is an up and coming wine region that’s sure to explode in popularity in a few years. It has some of the most scenic views to offer, and you’ll get the chance to drive through miles of picturesque farmland.
3. Sonoma County, California
Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley is one of the most popular wine destinations to visit in fall. Banshee and Littorai Wines are two must-visit spots in the area.
4. The Finger Lakes, New York
The Finger Lakes region in New York is a quintessential fall wine destination. The trees become enveloped in fall colors making, providing you with scenic views wherever you look.
5. Walla Walla County, Washington
Walla Walla County boasts of over 50 wineries many of which have been recognized on a global scale. It is home to the Snake River Vineyard which is biggest Concord grape vineyard in the world.
6. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is a beautiful wine-growing region with over 100 wineries. It is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, thanks to its clear lakes, fruit orchards and sweet dessert wines.
7. Santa Barbara County, California
Santa Barbara County boasts of incredible wineries, beautiful scenery and perfect weather all year round. Au Bon Climat and Melville are some of the best wineries to hit in this region.
8. Snake River Valley, Idaho
Snake River Valley is well known as one of the country’s best regions for adventure travelers. Recently it has begun making a name for itself as a top-notch destination for wine lovers. HAT Ranch and Bitner are some of the must-visit wineries.
9. Oak Grove, Virginia
Oak Grove is located in Virginia’s Northern Neck region and has a rich history of winemaking. Jefferson’s Monticello wines which dates back to the 1770s is one of the oldest and largest wineries in the state.
10. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is the most famous wine producing region in the country. About 4% of all the wine produced nationwide comes out of this area. Opus One and Honig Winery are the unmissable wineries in Napa Valley.
11. Willamette Valley, Oregon
Willamette Valley, an incredibly scenic part of Oregon is home to over 200 wineries. This region produces a number of outstanding wines and is particularly well known for its pinot noirs.
12. Fennville, Michigan
Fennville is a city in Michigan that’s famous for its apple orchards, berry farms and wineries. Large amounts of high-quality Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling wines come out of this region every year.
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