Best destinations for wine tours in the United States for summer 2021
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There is nothing more delicious than sipping a glass of fine wine on a beautiful day. This summer, American wine lovers will be eager to resume tastings and tours. Below is a list of the best destinations for wine tours in the United States for the summer of 2021.
Savor the grapes on the west coast
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley in California is the most famous region for wineries in the United States. One of Napa’s most popular wineries is V. Sattui Winery, which has been in business since 1885. Castello di Amorosa, another Napa staple, offers tours of the estate and its magnificent Tuscan-style castle as well as options wine tasting. Visit the Visit Napa Valley website to find and book your Napa Valley wine tour for this summer.
Sonoma County, California
Neighboring community of Napa, Sonoma is also home to many wine lovers. Beau Wine Tours and Limousine Service offers private tours of Sonoma County that include barrel and VIP tastings and a gourmet picnic. Some local tour operators offer combination tours of Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries with meals and transportation included.
Walla Walla, Washington
To the northwest, visit the vineyards of the Walla Walla Valley. There are several wine tours available in this region including Imbibe Wine Tours, Tesla Winery Tours and Walla Walla Wine Limo, and many more. In Washington State for spring 2021, wine tastings, whether indoor or outdoor, are limited to 50% of capacity and groups are limited to 10 people or less.
Taste local wine surrounded by the mountains
Snake River, Idaho
While not an obvious choice, Snake River Valley in Idaho has a number of wineries. The best grape varieties in the region are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. A few of the Snake River Valley wineries produce wine from organically grown grapes. There are currently 36 wineries in the Snake River Valley, with most offering tours and / or tastings. Many of these wineries offer accommodation as well as events, in addition to wine tasting.
Texas Hill Country
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the number of wineries near Fredericksburg, in the heart of the Texas wine country. The region has over 100 wineries in the Fredericksburg area alone. Wine production here began with the first settlers. They used the local mustang grapes to produce wine. Area shuttles and tours include Fredericksburg Cable Car Wine Tours, 290 Wine Yours and Creekstreet Wine Tours, and more.
When you’re in the southwest, sample some of the offerings on wine tours near Sedona, Arizona. Start your visit with the Decanter tasting room to tempt your palate with a red or white vintage and a charcuterie platter. Then you begin the Sedona Arizona Wine Tasting Experience, where you will visit VinoZona. Local tours also visit the Alcantara Estate wineries, or you can book a special evening with wine and dinner.
Where to sip on the east coast
Boston Area, Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, there are many wineries within walking distance of downtown Boston. Visitors will be amazed by the varieties of wines offered in this region. A few wineries of note include Amherst Farm Winery, Cape Cod Winery, and Hillside Cellars. Boston Winery is now accepting reservations for indoor and outdoor tastings, and you can make your own wine through a membership program.
Finger Lakes, New York
The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is ready for the 2021 summer season with a number of wine tours available. In this region, you can take private or shared traditional wine tours to Senaca Lake, Ithaca, Keuka Lake and Cayuga Lake. Wine professionals strive to deepen guests’ understanding of wine, reveal the history of the region, and present guests with interesting food and wine combinations.
While in Virginia, consider booking a Monticello Wine Route tour. Over 33 wineries in the Charlottesville area and are also places of importance in early American history. President Thomas Jefferson originally dreamed of planting vines on his land and distributing wine. Although Jefferson’s plans never came to fruition, generations of winegrowers who followed him cultivated the vines on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside.
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