- Posted by The CorkGuru
Summer is officially here and some of us haven’t planned a vacation quite yet. If you’re looking for a last minute weekend getaway with scenic views and multiple tasty beverages to sip, then visiting a winery or vineyard could be the perfect trip for you.
The Daily Meal recently put together a list of the 101 Best Wineries in the United States. Based on several factors, these wineries were nominated and rated. Although we highly recommend visiting the well known California and other Pacific wine regions, we’re breaking down some of the top wineries in the lesser known regions of the US. C’mon – everyone loves an underdog, and you’ll sound like a rockstar when you suggest a new vacation spot to your friends and family members this summer.
New York – Finger Lakes
When you think of wine in the US, you may not think of New York, but this state made the list more than anywhere else outside of the west coast. This includes these 6 spots in the Finger Lakes.
- Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars — Hammondsport, New York
- Keuka Lake Vineyards — Hammondsport, New York
- Ravines Wine Cellars — Hammondsport, New York
- Boundary Breaks Vineyard — Lodi, New York
- Red Newt Cellars — Hector, New York
- Hermann J. Wiemer Winery — Dundee, New York
Want to visit multiple wineries and ride along the Finger Lakes in a trolley? We found this unusual wine tour option: http://www.winetourtrolley.com
Virginia is for lovers, and you guessed it – wine lovers! Here are 3 spots that topped the charts.
- Barboursville Vineyards — Barboursville, Virginia
- Linden Vineyards — Linden, Virginia
- King Family Vineyards — Crozet, Virginia
Find out more about Virigina Wine and travel packages: http://www.virginia.org/wine
I’m guessing when you hear Texas, you think of a big state with a lot of whiskey! There are also some beautiful wineries and vineyards to notice These 2 topped the list.
- McPherson Cellars Winery — Lubbock, Texas
Summer Patio Nights are free to the public with live music and wine tastings!
- Becker Vineyards — Stonewall, Texas
http://www.beckervineyards.com About an hour out from San Antonio, this vineyard has a ton of events going on including live music and delicious food to pair with their wines: http://www.beckervineyards.com/news
The great lakes, the car industry, and what else – oh yes, wine!
This is the featured winery that made the top 101 list in the US, but there are several other spots to visit near the Grand Traverse Bay as well as many more outdoor activities around Lake Michigan. Here are some tour options: http://www.traversecity.com/spring/things-to-do/tours/wine-tour/
Chateau Grand Traverse — Traverse City, Michigan
Only about 45 minutes from Baltimore and 20 minutes to Frederick, MD, this Vineyard is a great place to visit after a Ravens game or a trip to the Baltimore pier.
Black Ankle Vineyards — Mt. Airy, Maryland
Lastly, this Maryland Wine Passport sounds like a sweet deal to track your wine stops and get rewarded for it! http://marylandwine.com/md-passport
Want to practice your Spanglish without crossing the border? Don’t worry, you’ll sound better once you have a few sips of these fabulous wines.
Gruet Winery — Albuquerque, New Mexico
Another reason to visit this gorgeous state – they also have one of the top wineries in the US, and it’s located on an old ranch! Yee-haw!
Allis Ranch Winery — Sedalia, Colorado
This winery is just a 30-40 minute drive from Denver, which just so happens to be hosting some special wine events this summer.
After taking a peek at all of these fantastic wineries and vineyards across the US, we think we absolutely have to plan a trip every weekend this summer. Who’s with us?
Where would you like to visit? Tweet us @CorkGuru.