The United States has many great wine regions, from the sun-drenched valleys of northern California to the cool-climate varieties of the Niagara Escarpment. There are even a few hidden gems like Palisade in Colorado, and visiting a winery is always a good idea. This article outlines some of the best options for your trip. You’ll have a chance to taste and compare the wines of each region.
Croteaux Vineyards in Southhold, New York
After a year-long closure, Croteaux Vineyards in Southold, New York, has reopened its tasting room. It is open seven days a week. The winery has new owners, New Jersey financier Randy Frankel, who owns the Menhaden hotel in Greenport. He intends to preserve the character of the former Southold winery. Frankel’s new partnership includes Kristen and Daniel Pennessi, owners of the Menhaden in Greenport.
Tank Garage in Albuquerque
If you’ve never been to New Mexico, it’s time to make the trip. The best wineries in the United States are not necessarily those located in the wine-producing regions. You’ll find plenty of examples of local wines in New Mexico. A good winery will offer a variety of wines for tasting. A winery’s style can be described as authentic, relevant, and engaging.
Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma Valley
One of the most beautiful wineries in the country, Chateau St. Jean is located in Sonoma Valley, California. Established in 1973, this historic winery was the first winery in the state to produce the Sonoma County Wine of the Year. Located on Sugarloaf Ridge, the estate features elegant gardens and a demonstration vineyard. Visitors can sample its signature wines, or opt to purchase a bottle or two.
Sanford & Benedict in Santa Barbara
If you’re a fan of Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict is a must-visit stop. The winery is home to two vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, making its Pinot Noir the crown jewel of this young Santa Barbara wine region. The vineyard is surrounded by the La Rinconada Vineyard and adjoining Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and is the oldest in the appellation. The wines are wonderfully aromatic and full of classic Burgundian flavors.
Corrales Winery in Albuquerque
Visit Corrales Winery for award-winning wines from the grapes grown in New Mexico. Corrales’ wines range from dry white to red, and feature Spanish and Argentinian varietals. Visit the historic winery, where you can sample the wines and check out some local arts and crafts. If you love wine, consider visiting one of New Mexico’s oldest wine growing regions.
Fireside Winery in Marengo, Iowa
The Fireside Winery is situated in Marengo, Iowa. The winery has four tasting rooms throughout the state. In addition, there are attractions like the Amana Colonies and Tanger Outlets. While the winery is a popular destination, you can also visit the other attractions in Marengo. You can read about our visit to the Winery here. If you’re planning a trip to Iowa, don’t forget to check out our guide to the state’s wineries.
Natchez Hills Vineyard in Tennessee
If you are looking for an experience that is both unique and exciting, a trip to Natchez Hills Vineyard in Tennessee is a must. It is a small, family-owned winery in the heart of Middle Tennessee, near the historic Natchez Trace. Wineries like Natchez Hills are known for their small-batch old-world style wines, which are produced using traditional methods. This vineyard offers a unique blend of southern culture and European old-world charm.
Sanford & Benedict in Albuquerque
In 1971, Sanford Winery planted one of the pioneering vineyards in Santa Barbara’s cool climate AVA. Through cuttings, they expanded to neighboring vineyards in the region. Today, the Albuquerque winery grows more than 100 varieties of wines, including some local varietals. The Albuquerque location also features a beautiful winery and a restaurant.