California vineyards are the best in the country. Whether you want low-key wineries housed in converted barns or urban wine trails with hip tasting rooms – doesn’t matter, California has it all. If you’re looking for a wine tasting mini vacation, here are the five locations for you to enjoy a glass of wine in style:
SANTA YNEZ WINE COUNTRY
Just north of Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez’s cool night air is perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Then 30 miles inland, toward the Happy Canyon it tends to get hot and sunny – ideal conditions for Bordeaux varieties like Cap Franc or Merlot. As for the scenery, there you can enjoy nice hills, endless vines and ancient oaks. The best place to go in Santa Ynez Wine Country is Sunstone Winery – a cool wine cave, a limestone chateau for overnight stays and sustainably grown grapes. For more information on this wine country, click here.
TEMECULA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
Temecula Valley has been producing top wines since the 1970s. The diversity of the climate in this region gives home to everything from cooler climate grapes like Chardonnay to the warmer ones like Syrah or Grenache. Visit the lavish wineries and restaurants overlooking the vines and enjoy the best wine and summer concerts featuring top performers. For more information, click here.
Napa Valley is the #1 destination for all the wine enthusiasts in California. The region immediately associates with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet, Napa Valley is home to 16 sub-appellations, each with its own distinctive climate and grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Enjoy the luxury lodgings and best wineries like Inglenook, owned by the well-known filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola or Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail featuring its own prestigious wineries. For more information, click here.
GOLD WINE COUNTRY
Located in the northeastern region of California, Gold Wine Country is home to Zinfandel grapevines. Production of wines dates back to the 1850s, with now more than 100 wineries producing different varieties of grape along with their most noted sort, Zinfandel. Head to Plymouth to discover some trendy tasting rooms and restaurants like Taste. For more information, click here.