Restaurant at Leoness Cellars Named Best Winery Restaurant

Fork and Spoon at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is runner up

These 10 American wineries not only produce top-notch wines, they also operate excellent on-site restaurants where diners enjoy local cuisine, often made with local, seasonal ingredients, and paired with fantastic wines. 

  • EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery
    Chesterfield, Mo.

    Each item on the extensive menu at EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery comes with a wine pairing suggestion. Diners sit at heavy tables made from Missouri farmhouse wood while enjoying the offerings from Executive Chef Aaron Baggett; the wine list features domestic and international offerings, as well as 20 varietals of EdgeWild wines.
    Photo courtesy of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery

  • Cellar Door at Tara Winery
    Athens, Texas

    Executive Chef Becklien James heads up the culinary team at Tara Winery's Cellar Door. The rustic menu features seafood, steaks, pasta, wraps and 100-percent Kobe beef burgers, all served alongside Tara's wine offerings. Indoor and outdoor seating are available.
    Photo courtesy of Tara Winery

  • Fiction at J. Bookwalter Winery
    Richland, Wash.

    Fiction at J. Bookwalter Winery in Washington serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch featuring local ingredient-driven dishes like Draper Valley chicken and mushrooms, Pacific wild halibut and Snake River Waygu strip loin. Live music sets the soundtrack several nights per week.
    Photo courtesy of J. Bookwalter Winery

  • Gervasi Vineyard Italian Bistro
    Canton, Ohio

    The Italian Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard specializes in rustic Italian cuisine, served either indoors or al fresco on an outdoor patio overlooking a lake. Highlights include house-made pierogies, boar sausage pizza, house-made pastas and a polenta topped with Gorgonzola.
    Photo courtesy of Gervasi Vineyard

  • Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
    St. Helena, Calif.

    Part of Long Meadow Ranch – a winery and ranch devoted to organic farming and sustainable agriculture – Farmstead features post-and-beam architecture, soaring ceilings and enough rusticity that you never forget its more humble beginnings. Simultaneously refined and sophisticated, the restaurant places a premium on terrific ingredients, transforming them into satisfying dishes like chicken and dumplings, short rib and potato hash, meatloaf with roasted root vegetables, and a wonderful cheeseburger.
    Photo courtesy of Shea Evans

  • Flower Hill Bistro at Miramonte Winery
    Temecula Valley, Calif.

    Flower Hill Bistro, the restaurant at Miramonte Winery in Temecula Valley, California, serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. The compact menu of handmade specialties highlights California's fresh produce, with options like herb-roasted cauliflower, a shaved Brussels sprouts and baby kale salad, and a 24-hour brined Piri Piri chicken with herbed Cannellini beans.
    Photo courtesy of Miramonte Winery / Facebook

  • Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
    Buchanan, Mich.

    The first winery in Michigan to offer fine dining, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant serves a menu of dishes by Chef John Paul Verhage, inspired by fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Modern dining rooms with high ceilings offer fantastic views of the vineyard.
    Photo courtesy of Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

  • The Restaurant at King Estate Winery
    Eugene, Ore.

    At The Restaurant at King Estate Winery, diners enjoy wines from the Pacific Northwest paired with dishes made from organic, seasonal and regional ingredients whenever possible, including from the estate's own 30-acre garden and orchard. Oregon's famed Pinot Noirs pair with oysters of the half shell, local goat cheese with roasted beets, dungeness crab cakes, line-caught salmon, portobello cannelloni and Oregon hazelnuts with truffled sea salt.
    Photo courtesy of Don Hankins / Flickr

  • Fork and Spoon at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
    Pittsburg, Texas

    Fork and Spoon, the on-site restaurant of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards in Pittsburg, Texas, features live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays to accompany a menu of wood-fired pizzas, tapas, salads and cheese platters. Outdoor seating offers stellar views when the weather permits.
    Photo courtesy of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

  • Restaurant at Leoness Cellars
    Temecula Valley, Calif.

    Leoness Cellars wines accompany the fresh salads, appetizers, flat breads and Chef Selections served al fresco at this Temecula Valley Wine Country restaurant. Winning dishes include Fanny Bay oysters, duck confit ravioli, honey smoked salmon and hand-cut truffle fries.
    Photo courtesy of Leoness Cellars

The top 10 winners in the category Best Winery Restaurant are as follows:

  1. Restaurant at Leoness Cellars - Temecula Valley, Calif.
  2. Fork and Spoon at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards - Pittsburg, Texas
  3. The Restaurant at King Estate Winery - Eugene, Ore.
  4. Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant - Buchanan, Mich.
  5. Flower Hill Bistro at Miramonte Winery - Temecula Valley, Calif.
  6. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch - St. Helena, Calif.
  7. Gervasi Vineyard Italian Bistro - Canton, Ohio
  8. Fiction at J. Bookwalter Winery - Richland, Wash.
  9. Cellar Door at Tara Winery - Athens, Texas
  10. EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery - Chesterfield, Mo.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jill Barth (L’occasion), Jil Child (Wine Tours of the World) and Logan Lee (Wine Awesomeness) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of U.S. wineries and wine travel.

Additional nominated restaurants included Bistro at Biltmore Estate, The Bistro at Red Newt Cellars, Brooklyn Winery, Enoteca at Flat Creek Estate, Garden Eatery at St. Clair Brown Winery, J's at Nashoba Valley Winery, Niner Wine Estates Restaurant, Red Barn Café at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and Signorello Estate.

Congratulations to all these amazing winning restaurants!

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