With harvest season just around the corner, we've got wine on the brain. 10Best recruited a panel of wine and travel experts to help us nominate 20 of the best tasting rooms, winery tours, wine country hotels, winery restaurants and wine festivals in the USA.
For the past four weeks, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites in each category, and now the results are in! Here are the winners of our five Readers' Choice wine categories. Click on each category below to see the full 10 best winners list.
Best Tasting Room: Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Va.
At Early Mountain Vineyards in Virginia, wine enthusiasts can sip a glass of fine Virginia wine by a roaring fireplace in winter or outdoors in a picnic area in summer. Sofas and chairs make for comfortable seating, while board games keep young guests (and the young at heart) entertained.
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Best Winery Restaurant: Restaurant at Leoness Cellars in Temecula, Calif.
Leoness Cellars wines accompany the fresh salads, appetizers, flat breads and Chef Selections served al fresco at this Temecula Wine Country restaurant. Winning dishes include Fanny Bay oysters, duck confit ravioli, honey smoked salmon and hand-cut truffle fries.
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Best Winery Tour: Chappellet in St. Helena, Calif.
Wine lovers touring Chappellet in beautiful St. Helena get to go behind the scenes inside the winery's historic Pritchard Hill facility, walk through the vineyards and sample limited-production wines crafted for the winery's private club members. These adults-only tours are by appointment.
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Best Wine Festival: Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
For three days each July, some of the best Finger Lakes wineries come together in Watkins Glen for a weekend of summer fun, live music, culinary classes and the largest showcase of wines from New York state. More than 80 wineries attend the event at Watkins Glen International.
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Best Wine Country Hotel: Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio
Inspired by Tuscany, the Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard feature stucco walls, rustic wood doors, fireplaces and heated limestone floors, all in the heart of Ohio's Canton/Stark County wine region.
Full Results: Best Wine Country Hotels
Congratulations to all our wine country winners! Be sure to keep these lists handy next time you're planning a wine-centric getaway, and remember to visit 10Best.com to vote in more Readers' Choice categories.