May 18, 2011
Wine travel destinations worth visiting
Summer means a lot of things. Road trips, sandy beaches, and festivals are just a few of the things the remind us that summer has arrived. Summer also means it's time to pop the cork and pull out your favorite seasonal wines. However, there's nothing like combining your love for wine with your love for travel. We've put together a few of the best summer wine destinations in the U.S.
Napa/Sonoma, California: Napa and Sonoma, California are the obvious choices as the top summer wine destinations. Napa and Sonoma are the two destinations on this list that are world renowned for their wine offerings. One of the best things about this part of Northern California is that there are so many things to do. There is great food and golf nearby, and San Francisco is just a short drive.
Asheville, North Carolina: The southeastern United States hasn't always been known for their wine production, but Asheville has established itself as a top wine destination because of the Biltmore Estate. One of the largest mansions in the world, visitors could easily spend a weekend at the Biltmore Estate alone. Special wine tastings and events often take place on weekends during the summer.
Hermann, Missouri: Hermann, Missouri is one of the smallest destinations on this list, but it has been making wine as long as anybody in the U.S., dating back to the mid-1800s. Hermann is better for a long weekend retreat, as it is located amidst the backroads of Missouri. It doesn't feature the same number of wineries as places like Northern California, but still has a lot to offer in the way of a historic town and beautiful scenery.
Finger Lakes, New York: The Finger Lakes region can be one of the most beautiful and pleasant places to visit during the summer. This coupled with its large wine country, makes it a great summer destination. The Finger Lakes region is the largest producer of wine in New York. Book a cozy retreat along the water and enjoy a nice retreat.
Yakima Valley, Washington: Yakima Valley may not have the same fame as west coast destinations like Sonoma and Napa, yet it makes for one of the best wine destinations. Much of this is thanks to the beautiful climate and scenery during the summer. Offerings during the summer range from wine festivals to tastings and tours to wine country spas.
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