Napa and Sonoma are popular wine regions that come to mind in the United States, but these days all fifty states are actually producing wine and some of the regions are quite wonderful to visit. Here are some of the best spots to visit during wine harvest season that you might not have considered before.
Mendocino California is known for its redwood tress more than its wineries, but the area actually has over 100 of the latter. The area creates some intense wine flavors, since the temperature generally stays cool but gets plenty of sunlight on the hillier areas. Places to stay include chic, contemporary hotels, as well as the 130-year-old renovated barn and home called the MacCallum House when you want something a little more rugged. The Pacific Star winery is actually the farthest west in the country, and during whale watching season the winery’s staff takes whale watching breaks together.
Walla Walla, Washington
The northwest is most known for its coffee and beer production, but wine started sneaking in during the 1970’s. It has been a long history of wine production, however Washington is actually one of the country’s largest wine producers. Washington actually has pretty extreme weather in general, but the town of Walla Walla is at the same parallels as places like Bordeaux, Loire, and Burgundy, places long town for their excellent wine production. Walla Walla is a historic town and is still quaint and relatively quiet compared to areas like Napa. The Marcus Whitman Hotel has been around since 1928 and a couple years ago went through a $30 million renovation that retained its original charm.
Hill Country, Texas
Hill Country Texas has a bigger wine region than anywhere in California. Its viticultural area is actually the third largest in the nation. It ranks high up there in top visited wine areas in the U.S., partly because it is so close to Austin and San Antonio. The landscape in Hill Country is gorgeous full of oak trees and streams. The accommodations in the area are quite fun as well. Settlers Crossing offers rooms in restored log cabins topped off with country antiques, and Riven Rock Ranch has rooms in an old farmhouse.
North Fork, Long Island, New York
North Fork in Long Island is the less showy side of the island, in contrast to the Hamptons that are located on the South Fork. The Hamptons do have a few wineries (four), but the North Fork has 46. Most of the wines made there are done so with interest in the rest of the region, so that the wines can be paired with food local to the area. This had lead to better dining experiences all around. As for where to stay, the restored Jedediah Hawkins Inn is a great spot to consider. The inn was once a sea captains home back in 1863, and all the rooms are individually decorated to keep it original, traditional, but also not lacking in any modern amenities. There are two restaurants at the hotel.