4 Wine Regions To Visit That Aren’t Napa

Wine lovers everywhere dream of someday taking a romantic getaway to Napa Valley. If Napa isn’t exactly up your alley, or in your budget, there are several wine regions across the U.S. that are just as good. Here are a few of our favorite wine regions that are just as fantastic as Napa Valley.

Calaveras County, CA

Just two and a half hours east of Napa Valley, Calaveras County has become the new hot spot for California wines. You can start your wine tasting journey on the Calaveras and Murphys Wine Trail. Begin at Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito where the winery also has live music and a rubber chicken national forest. Make your way to downtown Murphys where you can sip wines at Indian Rock Vineyards, Black Sheep Vitners, and many more wineries. The best part of Murphys wineries is the family owned feel that isn’t always crowded. You can even take home wines to sip at a beautiful local bed and breakfast like Courtwood Inn.

Snake River Valley, ID

Idaho and wine? You wouldn’t think those two things would go together. The Snake River creates a unique climate of warm sunny days and cool evenings that makes for great grape growing. It’s one of the oldest wine regions in Idaho, but it’s still up-and-coming for the rest of the United States. It’s also a great area for outdoor recreation when you’re not tasting wines. Along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, Huston Vineyards is one that you must visit. They only tend 30-40 small lots of fruit each year and they’re very much about the quality of their wines. Ste. Chapelle Winery near Huston is another great one to visit.

Lake Erie and Chautauqua, NY

22 wineries in a 50-mile stretch are calling your name. Award winning wines have been grown in this region and the soil is most suitable for Concord and Labrusca grapes. To sample something a bit different, The Blueberry Sky Farm Winery offers 15 varieties of fruit wines including plum, blueberry, peach and more. The Johnson Estate Winery is another favorite as it’s the oldest in the area and features delicious ice wines. While you’re in the area, be sure to also visit the Chautauqua Institute and stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa at the institute.

Willamette Valley, OR

With over 500 wineries in this region, it’s hard to visit the area and not go on a wine tasting. The Willamette Valley is especially known for its Pinot Noir and the Valley’s coastal climate provides for optimal grape growing. The beautiful views of forests and mountains aren’t bad either. With so many wineries, it’s hard to mention just a few to tour. That’s why there are several tour companies that will take you to the best.

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