In wine regions across the country, grapes are beginning to plump up on the vine; harvest season kicks off in August and continues through October.
To celebrate this exciting time of year in the world of winemaking (and drinking), we asked our readers to help us crown our 2017 Readers' Choice winners for Best Winery Tour, Best Tasting Room, Best Wine Festival, Best Winery Restaurant and Best Wine Country Hotel.
Readers have been voting for the past four weeks and the results are in!
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Winery Tour: Emeritus Vineyards in Sebastopol, Calif.
Emeritus Vineyards is the Best Winery Tour in the U.S. — Photo courtesy of Kara Brodgesell / Emeritus Vineyards
During a tour of Emeritus Vineyards, visitors descend into the Hallberg Ranch Estate, explore the process of dry farming (and other sustainable farming practices), get a lesson in Pinot Noir clones, walk through the growth cycle of a vine and enjoy a seated tasting with views over the vineyards of Hallberg Ranch.
Best Wine Festival: Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade, Colo.
Colorado Mountain Winefest took top honors for Best Wine Festival — Photo courtesy of Colorado Mountain Winefest
Each September, the town of Palisade in Colorado's wine county hosts the Colorado Mountain Winefest – four days of food and wine pairings, wine and chocolate tastings, wine tours, a grape stomp, live music and unlimited sips from 50 Colorado wineries.
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Best Wine Country Hotel: Villa Suites at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio
Gervasi Vineyard won Best Wine Country Hotel — Photo courtesy of Gervasi Vineyard
Inspired by Tuscany, each of the 24 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. Guests can also choose to rent a four-bedroom, two-bathroom farmhouse, perfect for families or larger groups.
Best Tasting Room: Two-EE's Winery in Huntington, Ind.
Two-EE's Winery has the Best Tasting Room — Photo courtesy of Kyle Miron / Two-EE's Winery
Modern and sophisticated, the tasting room at Two-EE's Winery overlooks the production room, where visitors can watch winemakers at work while sipping wines at the tasting bar. An outdoor seating area offers views over the estate vineyards.
Best Winery Restaurant: The Restaurant at Leoness in Temecula, Calif.
Leoness Cellars won for Best Winery Restaurant — Photo courtesy of Leoness Cellars
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 from the Leoness Cellars kitchen include Fanny Bay oysters, duck confit ravioli, honey smoked salmon and hand-cut truffle fries.
Congratulations to all of our wine country winners! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in new Readers' Choice categories.