Expand Your Palette with These 5 Wine Region Road Trips
Although some oenophiles may prefer European wines, there are plenty of quality vinos made right here in the USA – and not all of them in California, either. Whether as a destination or en route to other adventures, a discerning wine fan can easily make a road trip through some of the best wineries this country has to offer, no matter what region you’re visiting. In fact, it’s a pretty good bet that wherever you’re road-tripping, there’s likely a vineyard nearby that you can tour. Some of them tend to be more “destination” than others, but no matter where you are, you’re sure to find something that will fit your tastes – be they red, white, or rosé.
Napa Valley, California
If you think of wine country, likely Napa Valley comes to mind. Napa is most well-known for Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, and has over 400 wineries. Also, Napa goes hand in hand with its neighbor, Sonoma County, like wine and cheese. You can’t mention one without the other, which is what makes them a great road trip. You can hit up wineries at both scenic locations on the same trip, and both areas also have fine dining and entertainment to keep you busy outside of the vineyards. Plus, the local spas make for a great chance to unwind after a long day in your RV.
Finger Lakes, New York
Upper New York State is home to so much beautiful scenery, it’s hard to imagine passing up the chance to visit. For wine lovers who are concerned about the environment, it’s even more enticing, given that many wineries around the Finger Lakes are focused on sustainability. Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake is home to nearly 100 independent wineries, and there are wine trails for visitors to tour the region’s vineyards. The Finger Lakes are also a convenient location for those who are traveling to larger cities on the East Coast, so if you’re heading to Boston or New York City, make sure you schedule a stop at the Finger Lakes.
Walla Walla, Washington
It’s fun to say, and even more fun to visit. Walla Walla, a region in Washington State better known for its eponymous onion, is actually the second-largest state for wine production in the United States, according to the International Business Times. If you’re a fan of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, then Walla Walla is definitely worth a visit, so you can take a sip while you enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Be sure to grab a bottle or two to take with you to enjoy later at your campsite.
Texas Hill Country, Texas
You might associate Texas with a cold can of beer, but several wineries in the region could change your mind. “Some 5 million annual visitors make Hill Country the third-most visited region in the nation, though many outside the state have no idea it even produces wine,” reports the International Business Times. That makes it a prime spot for road-trippers looking for something a little less glitzy than Napa. With upwards of 9 million acres of vineyard to explore and a definite southern feel, Hill Country is the perfect stop if you want some down-to-earth fun along with your glass of red.
Traverse City, Michigan
Although Traverse City is best known for its cherries, its location and climate have made it ideal for growing grapes as well. If you’ve got a white wine lover in your RV, this is the place to be – Traverse City’s wineries produce wonderful Riesling and Pinot Blanc.
A Winery for Everyone
Wine lovers planning an RV road trip might solely choose California, but the truth is that there are plenty of vineyards across the United States. Whether you’re city chic or a little bit country, there’s definitely a winery out there for you – and they all produce some pretty spectacular wines. Make it a destination or simply a stop on your road trip, but don’t miss out on what the USA’s wine regions have to offer.