Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just love a good glass of wine, visiting a winery to try new wine flavors is a fun experience.
If you have never visited a winery, you should plan a trip soon to see what it is all about. You will get to learn about wine, experience a new atmosphere, find out how it is made, and how to properly taste wine. A trip to the winery is great for a girl’s trip, a romantic date day or night, or as just a fun family experience the adults can take part in.
Ready to experience a winery? Here are some of the best wineries in North America to visit and experience without having to take a trip to Italy.
Napa Valley, California
Whether you know much about wine or not, you’ve probably heard about Napa Valley, the wine country of the world. Napa Valley is located in Northern California and is one of the world’s most famous wine regions, where you can not only enjoy the wine, but also the beautiful landscapes and views.
There are literally hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley, California and those wineries produce a lot of California’s wine. It can be hard to narrow it down to some of the best wineries because there are so many in the area, so let’s just name a few of the wineries you will find in Napa Valley.
- Joseph Phelps Vineyards – For the wine connoisseur, these vineyards are dedicated to crafting world-class wines.
- Fantesca Estate & Winery – Complete with a full-scale winery, the Fantesca Estate and Winery has a long history of creating some of the best wine in the area.
- Laird Family Estate – With its iconic pyramid shaped winery and relaxed atmosphere, the Lair Family Estate offers a variety of experiences and wine tasting events.
- Artesa Vineyard and Winery – One of North America’s best wineries, visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the exquisite tasting room experience, tours, spectacular views, and innovative architecture.
- Domaine Carneros – One of Napa’s most grand wineries, the Domaine Carneros was designed as a replica of the Taittinger chateau in France.
These are just a few of the must-see wineries in Napa Valley but if you are looking to see some other great wineries America has to offer, let’s travel out of California and into some of the other states that offer an excellent wine experience.
Vineland Estates Winery in Niagara Falls
Not only will you get to attend wine tastings and enjoy the scenery at Vineland Estates Winery, but you can also experience their acclaimed “Top Twenty Winery Restaurant in the World”.
When it comes to their tasting tours, you have a few different options. You can choose to go with the classic tasting experience or bump it up to a more personalized tasting experience that is tailored to fit your style with a personal wine concierge.
Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri
With a unique location and beautiful grounds, the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri is a great place to visit.
With a total of 7 vineyards that consist of 190 acres, one of the best ways to experience the winery is through their guided tours through the Stone Hill historic cellars.
Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell, Idaho
Ste. Chappelle was founded in 1975 and is well-known for making some of the best Idaho wines. It is actually one of Idaho’s largest and oldest continuous running wineries and currently, they produce Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and more.
Through their unique way of creating wine and consistent quality of grapes and products, Ste. Chapelle has been loved by many for years.
Augusta Winery in Augusta, Missouri
Nestled in the bluffs that overlook the Missouri River Valley, Augusta Winery has a large historical significance to the area.
What sets Augusta Winery apart from many wineries is that they are vinted in small quantities so that they can give special care and attention to the quality of their wines. Because of this, the Augusta Winery has won multiple gold and silver medals in international wine competitions across the US.
Starting in April and running through the month of October, you can visit the winery to enjoy some free live weekend entertainment, cheese and sausage outdoors, and a fabulous tasting room that wine lovers will enjoy.
Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia
Another historic vineyard that any wine lover should see in person, Jefferson Vineyards started more than 240 years ago and soon become known as the Birthplace of American wine.
Since 1981, the re-established vineyard has become one of Virginia’s most loved wineries and has grown to many different styles of vineyards over the years.
Jefferson Vineyards has an on-site shop where you can purchase your favorite wine, private virtual tasting, and events that create a fun atmosphere for everyone who visits.
No matter what style of wine you like, there is always a winery that you can visit to have an unforgettable experience, these are just a few of the best.