Any wine lover should take the time and make the decision to visit a winery at least once in their lifetime. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, it’s educational and it is a perfect vacation. In addition to a gorgeous grape-filled setting, you will be able to taste a number of different wines at once, all different from the last. You will really perfect your palate and discover your preferred tastes during a winery visit. You can also join a wine club to receive special bottles, special discounts, and to be the envy of your friends. I have compiled a list of some of the best wineries in the country that you should visit as soon as possible. A majority of these wineries are in America’s wine country in Northern California, but a couple are from the other, equally wonderful, wine regions across the United States.
- Domaine Carneros, Napa, California
Known for their signature sparkling wines, Domain Carneros Winery is an established community of winemakers occupying over 350 acres of vineyards in four separate locations. In addition to sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros also makes a full bodied Pinot Noir. You will undoubtedly be in awe of their breathtakingly gorgeous chateau that sits atop a knoll and overlooks their original vineyard. It houses their tasting room and is a serious must see for anyone visiting the wine region of Northern California.
- Domaine Chandon, Yountville, California
Founded by Moët & Chandon in 1973, Domain Chandon is another producer of sparkling wines. Delicious, fruity, and refreshing sparkling wines that will leave you wanting more. With exclusive club benefits, you will be tempted to join after your first visit (do it.) French owned, this winery pours its heritage into every bottle. Their visitor center offers an assortment of tastings and tours for guests of all wine aptitude levels and also houses a gift shop for purchases of exclusive bottles only available onsite.
- V Satuii Winery, St. Helena , California
A rich history and astoundingly beautiful grounds, V.Satuii Winery was originally established by Italian immigrant Vittorio Satuii in 1885. With much success, V. Satuii produced delicious and popular wines until prohibition. The business lay dormant for over 60 years until Dario Satuii Vittorio’s great grandson, painstakingly set out to once again make wine the family business. Today, this winery produces a wide variety of fabulous wines and offers some of the most affordable tastings in the region. Along with a deli, picnic grounds, and fabulous wines, V. Satuii Winery is an ideal winery to visit.
- Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, California
Robert Modavi is credited with bringing widespread recognition to the wine valley of Northern California. He did this by creating premium wine that gave him the recognition and respect of other winemakers. His Fumé Blanc was his star making wine and the Robert Mondavi signature. To this day, his winery produces fine wine and is family run. The winery has been around for 50 years and occupies a beautiful plot of land with a concert venue that has hosted big musical acts since 1969. With a variety of tours, tastings, food pairings, and wines, the Robert Mondavi Winery has a wide appeal from wine newbies to wine connoisseurs and everyone in between.
- Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Lodi, New York
The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has been the home to many wineries for generations. Lamoreaux Landing is near Seneca Lake with aesthetically pleasing views and a gorgeous building. Lamoreaux produces cool climate wine from cool climate grapes and are able to make a large variety of wines. They pride themselves on their environmentally friendly sustainability techniques as well. They also offer very affordable year round tastings.
If you have the opportunity to visit any of these wineries, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!