5 U.S. Weekend Destinations For Wine Lovers

We’ve all heard the word wanderlust, the strong desire to travel.  Well, we’d like to introduce a similar word for the wandering wine lovers of the world: winederlust, the strong desire to drink wine and travel. No matter where you live in the United States, there are plenty of options for a wine-filled weekend getaway outside of the famous California wine-region. Check out these five U.S. destinations for wine lovers:

East Coast

Finger Lakes, New York

With over 100 wineries, Finger Lakes is the largest region in New York for wine connoisseurs and lovers. Be sure to try out the Reisling, the flavor the region is known for, as well as the other delicious sparkling, red and white wines grown and produced there. Enjoy the stunning views of the lakes from almost every winery or take one of the three wine trails to really soak up the natural beauty of the area.

West Coast

Yakima, Washington

Yakima Valley is known to many beer lovers, producing about 80% of our countries hops, but this beautiful region is also gaining a reputation for its wine. Although Washington may get a reputation for being rainy, the vineyards in Yakima actually see more sun than many vineyards in the famous California wine country. Explore the natural beauty of the region while also trying the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon offered.

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Willamette Valley is the heart of Oregon wine-making, with it’s Pinot Noir at the forefront. Nestled between 3 splendid mountain ranges, this valley offers a pleasant cooler temperature for vineyards to thrive. Stretching from Portland down to the south of Oregon, this large region hosts over 500 wineries. For the highest concentration of vineyards and wineries, plan your visit in the Yamhill County part of Willamette Valley.

Midwest

Hill Country, Texas

Don’t overlook this charming niche of world-class wineries and vineyard in the heart of Texas. Hill Country is a 45 mile stretch of 15 local wineries that feels more like Italy then the Lone Star State. Many local restaurants join up with the wineries for amazing food and wine pairings, and there are numerous events year-round. Take a weekend trip here and you’ll quickly understand why this region has become one of the favorite destinations for wine lovers in the midwest

Traverse City, Michigan

Lake Michigan provides an unbeatable backdrop for the many vineyard and wineries in this small Michigan city. Walk along the two wine trails while you enjoy the mild summer weather. While Michigan may seem a little far north to be associated with excellent wine, it is actually located on the same parallel as many of France and Italy’s best wineries. Make sure to visit Black Star Farms, Chateau Chantal, and Bonobo Winery while you’re there!

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