”Other” Top Wine Country Destinations in the US

Monday, March 28, 2011

Vineyards in front of the Castello di Amorosa

Can’t make it to Napa Valley or Sonoma but still want to experience a great wine country getaway? You are in luck as we have some top alternative options on both the East and West Coast. Cheers!

1. Northern Virginia
Would you have guessed that Virginia boasts close to 200 wineries and vineyards? A third of them are located in the northern Virginia wine region (http://www.virginiawines.org). The best news is that they are just over an hour's drive west of Washington DC.

Vineyard: Gray Ghost Vineyards
Eat: Foti’s Restaurant
Sleep: Hopkins Ordinary
Golf: The Golf Club at Lansdowne
Spa: The Inn Spa at Poplar Springs Inn

2. Long Island, New York
There is more to Long Island than the world famous beaches at the Hamptons Beaches. The North Fork has more than two dozen wineries and vineyards to tempt your taste buds and away from the beaten path. (http://www.northfork.org).

Vineyard: Wölffer Estate Winery
Eat: The North Fork Table & Inn
Sleep: The Greenporter
Golf: Bethpage State Park
Spa: Blue Sage Day Spa

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3. Los Olivos/Santa Ynez, California
Ever watched the movie Sideways? If so then you know what we are talking about. Santa Barbara's wine country is quickly becoming world famous not only because of its wine, but also because of the region’s incredible mountain views, sunny valleys, and fields of wildflowers. (http://www.sbcountywines.com).

Vineyard: Firestone Vineyard
Eat: Brothers' Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern
Sleep: Santa Ynez Inn
Golf: Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Spa: Champagne Spa & Boutique

4. Willamette Valley, Oregon
World famous Pinot Noirs are produced at more than 200 vineyards and wineries in the region, which stretches for 100 miles, from just south of Portland to Eugene. (http://www.willamettewines.com).

Vineyard: Anne Amie Vineyards
Eat: The Joel Palmer House
Sleep: The Allison Inn & Spa
Golf: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
Spa: The Allison Inn & Spa

Want recommendations to the Napa Valley and Sonoma instead? You can find our top recommendations here.

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Santa Barbara Wine Tours on July 1, 2011 at 2:20 AM said...

For someone going to the Santa Ynez Valley, Another place I would recommend, for food or a drink, is Cold Spring Tavern. Like Mattei's Tavern, it's an old stagecoach stop. If you want a formal dinner with good wine, Mattei's is a good choice, but if you want a more rough-hewn saloon type of atmosphere, Cold Spring Tavern is great. As far as wineries go, you really are spoiled for choice. One local favorite is Buttonwood Farms.

Shiraz Cabernet Trelawney Wines on July 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM said...

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always admired the setting of the movie Sideways. I’ll be sure to visit the places you recommended when I go to California next summer.

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