5 of the Best Wine Destinations in US -That are Not in California

With every 50 states in the United States producing wine, visiting wine country has never been easier. While Napa Valley and Sonoma are two the best wine destinations in the United States, and for good reason – the wines are amazing! But, there are soooo many more wine regions in this great big country that go unnoticed and are so worth visiting. Here are just a few must visit American wine regions to consider for your next wine country getaway.

Finger Lakes, NY

Named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Top 10 Worldwide Wine Destination, along with numerous other accolades, the Finger Lakes wine country isn’t just growing grapes. Today, it’s growing in popularity as an affordable and beautiful wine country destination. With more than 100 wineries, the Finger Lakes wine region is one wine lovers and those who simply like to sip their way through the weekend should not miss.

Explore: The Seneca Lake Wine Trail starts at the north end of the lake in Geneva and winds around the perimeter with more than 30 member wineries serving wine – and mead. Try it! Find out more about visiting the Finger Lakes wine country in our guide.

The Snake River Valley, Idaho

Idaho is growing a lot more than potatoes. With three official American Viticultural Areas (AVA – wine growing regions), 55 wineries and over 1,600 acres of grapes planted, Idaho’s growth in the world of fine wines is booming…making it a must visit wine destination in the United States.

Nearly 30 of the 55 wineries in Idaho are within 35 miles from Boise, which is centrally located within the Snake River Valley AVA. See our Idaho Wine Guide for where to stay and sip, as well as things to do beyond the vines in Boise.

Explore: The Sunny Slope Wine Trail winds through vineyards, orchards and acres of mint. The views along the route are simply stunning and well worth the drive. With 15 wineries on the Sunny Slope Wine Trail you’re sure to find some excellent spots for sipping. A few favorites include: Bitner Vineyards, HAT Ranch Winery, Huston Vineyards, Koenig Vineyards, Sawtooth Estate Winery, Ste.Chapelle Winery.

Texas Hill Country, TX

With more than 55 wineries in the Texas Hill Country, the area is not only producing some excellent wines but has become the second most visited wine region in the United States, only behind Napa Valley. The wine region was also named one of the 10 best wine travel destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

A must for any trip to the Texas Hill Country wine region is a stop in the quaint town of Fredericksburg, where you can experience the towns authentic German culture. From food, festivals, architecture, and of course wine and beer!

Explore: Wine Road 290 winds through the Texas Hill Country and takes you through a large number the local wineries. Want to plan a Texas wine trip, see our guide.

Texas Hill Country Wineries not to miss: Texas Hills Vineyard

Lake Erie Wine Country, Pennsylvania

Did you know the state of Pennsylvania has more than 200 wineries? It ranks 5th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 7th in the production of wine. As a result, Pennsylvania is also home to some amazing wine trails and tours. While we picked the Lake Erie wine country as a must visit wine region, there are wineries in every part of the state. Many of which are family-owned and -operated, continuing a centuries-old tradition that began in 1683 when William Penn planted the first vineyard in Philadelphia. The Lake Erie wine country is home to more than 20 wineries along a 50-mile stretch along. This trek allows you to sample a variety of wines, while being transported to a bygone era, with quaint Victorian towns, beautiful views, and excellent wine.

Explore: Consider biking through the Lake Erie wine country or take the trolley! And, make sure to sip some Labrusca wine, the areas native grape variety.


Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Willamette Valley was named 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and for good reason. The wine region is known for its Pinot Noir, grown on lush hillsides in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains. With more than 500 hundred vineyards this huge and scenic area – stretching from Portland south to Eugene along Interstate 5 – make for an amazing wine destination in the US. Here are 16 Willamette Valley wineries you should make sure to visit.

Explore: With inviting bed and breakfast inns tucked in the hills, exploring the Willamette Valley can be multi-day journey of wine tastings, biking and hiking trails, and indescribable beauty.

Elk Cove Vineyard Oregon wine country
Sunrise over Mt. Hood and a fog filled Willamette Valley from Elk Cove’s Five Mountain Vineyard.


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