10 Wine Regions to Visit for Harvest

  • Vaseaux Lake and McIntyre Bluff

    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

    Canada has a place on the North American wine map thanks to its unique ice wines, and one of the country's biggest wine producing regions sits tucked in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. A four hour drive from Vancouver, this beautiful lakeside region winds for 132 miles through a valley dotted with more than 170 wineries and 9,000 acres of vineyards. The area got started with white grapes, but now you'll find Pinot, Merlot, Cabs and Malbecs.

    Photo courtesy of Darren Kirby

  • Michigan grapes ready for harvest

    Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan

    Leelanau Peninsula, dubbed "Michican's Wine Coast," sits along the banks of Lake Michigan and is the states largest and oldest wine producing region. In September during harvest time, visitors to the area can join in the annual Harvest Stompede, a weekend of racing followed by special events and dinners at 23 participating wineries.

    Photo courtesy of lpwines

  • Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine, Texas

    Texas Hill Country

    Texas may not be the first destination that comes to mind when it comes to wine, but the beautiful central region between Austin and Fredericksburg --  known as Texas Hill Country – is home to 35 wineries. It's the third largest wine growing region in the country, so you'll have to plan your route carefully; we suggest starting in Fredericksburg, where you'll find two wine bars and over 70 restaurants.

    Photo courtesy of GrapevineTxOnline.com

  • Wine and Cheese at Veritas

    Monticello Wine Trail, Virginia

    Pair your wine tasting journey with some pretty spectacular leaf peeping this harvest season with a trip to the Monticello Wine Trail, set along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Between tastings at the two dozen or so wineries, you can tour three presidential homes, including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, as well as numerous historic landmarks and battlefields in the "Birthplace of American Wine."

    Photo courtesy of Governmentality

  • Atwater Estates on Seneca Lake

    Finger Lakes, New York

    More than 100 wineries dot the countryside of New York's Finger Lakes region, making it the largest wine making region in the Eastern United States. Warm summers and cool winters create the perfect conditions for growing Riesling grapes, and this white wine has become the area's signature offering – one you'll have ample opportunity to sample while exploring one of three area wine trails.

    Photo courtesy of Logan Ingalls

  • Vineyard in Sonoma

    Sonoma County, California

    Sonoma County, located just north of San Francisco, is twice as large as neighboring Napa, giving the area wineries a feeling of spacious remoteness. The county grows more Pinot noir than any other county in the state, but nearly a third of the grapes grown here are Chardonnay. At the end of August each year, hundreds of wineries in the area come together to celebrate Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the annual harvest festival.

    Photo courtesy of Jodie Wilson

  • Biking through Grand Valley Vineyards

    Grand Valley, Colorado

    Colorado's Grand Valley, home of Palisade and Grand Junction, is the state's wine making hub with nearly two dozen wineries. Each September, the region hosts the Colorado Mountain Winefest to coincide with the grape harvest. With events like blind tastings, winemaker dinners, bicycle vineyard tours and golf outings, it's a great time to visit the red rock canyons and mesas of Colorado's wine country.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Grand Junction

  • Tasting in Walla Walla

    Walla Walla, Washington

    The wineries of Washington's Walla Walla region are some of the most remote in the state, so you're more likely to enjoy quiet tasting rooms and private tours. While in the Walla Walla Valley, be sure to sample a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the two specialties of the region – a region where many of the hundred or so wineries remain small, family operated affairs.

    Photo courtesy of Share Walla Walla

  • Casa Rondena Winery in Albuqerque

    Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico

    Most wine enthusiasts don't realize that New Mexico is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the United States and is home to over two dozen wineries and counting. The first New Mexican wines were produced by Spanish monks in the early 1600s, almost 150 years before California produced its first bottle. Many of the state's best wineries are located within easy driving distance of Albuquerque.

    Photo courtesy of Britt Reints

  • Pinot Noir at Crowley Station Vineyards

    Willamette Valley, Oregon

    With autumn comes the grape harvest in vineyards across the country – a time when visitors get to see the wine making process in action and sometimes even participate. Once such place is in Oregon's wine country. The growers of Willamette Valley have earned esteem in recent years for their Pinot noir, which you'll be able to sample in one of the region's many rustic tasting rooms.

    Photo courtesy of Jim Fischer

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