Stoller Family Estate wins Best Tasting Room

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The quality of a tasting room can make or break a wine tasting. A comfortable, elegant tasting room with a knowledgeable staff can elevate the entire experience. 

  • Stoller Family Estate
    Dayton, Ore.

    The eco-friendly tasting room at Stoller Family Estate has something for everyone–excellent Oregon wines, an expansive lawn for picnicking, Adirondack chairs, Frisbee golf and even a tire swing for the little ones. The views from the tasting room rank among the best in the Pacific Northwest, if not the country.
    Photo courtesy of Stoller Family Estate / Mike Haverkate

  • Presqu'ile Winery
    Santa Maria, Calif.

    Presqu'ile Winery’s lovely Santa Marina Valley tasting room (open year round, seven days per week) transitions seamlessly from indoors to outdoors, with stellar views over the surrounding acres of vineyards. The spacious outdoor patio area often hosts live music.
    Photo courtesy of Adrian Gregorutti / Presqu'ile Winery

  • Bending Branch Winery
    Comfort, Texas

    Bending Branch Winery occupies 56 acres near the Guadalupe River just outside the town of Comfort, Texas. Bending Branch is known for integrating Old World winemaking techniques with the latest technology to produce big, bold award-winning wines. Friendly staff make each guest feel right at home in the tasting room, and there’s plenty of space for sipping on the outdoor patio and shaded deck.
    Photo courtesy of Bending Branch Winery

  • L'Ecole No 41
    Lowden, Wash.

    Go back to school at L’Ecole No. 41, where tastings take place inside a historic Frenchtown schoolhouse from 1915, situated just west of Walla Walla, Washington. The tasting room occupies one of two restored classrooms, complete with original chalkboards, fir floors, lighting fixtures and moldings.
    Photo courtesy of L'Ecole No 41

  • Brennan Vineyards
    Comanche, Texas

    Guests at Brennan Vineyards enjoy their tasting experience inside the McCrary House, a historic limestone home dating back to 1876–one of the oldest homesteads in Texas. Warm weather grapes, such as Viognier, Tempranillo and Nero d’Avola star in Brennan’s portfolio.
    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Conley for Brennan Vineyards

  • Spicewood Vineyards
    Spicewood, Texas

    Guests at the Spicewood Vineyards tasting room in the heart of Texas Hill Country outside of Austin can choose between a tasting or wine by the glass or bottle. The outdoor patio is popular during cooler months, and there are picnic areas for a wine-centric lunch.
    Photo courtesy of Spicewood Vineyards / Facebook

  • Fox Run Vineyards
    Penn Yan, N.Y.

    One of New York’s best wineries also boasts one of the state’s most atmospheric tasting spaces in the historic barrel room, complete with wooden beams, wine barrels and twinkling fairy lights. A guest favorite is the Food & Wine Experience–a flight of six wines served alongside a cheese-centric lunch.
    Photo courtesy of Evan Whitney for Fox Run Vineyards

  • Van Duzer Vineyards
    Dallas, Ore.

    Situated in Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, Van Duzer Vineyards shows off their award-winning Pinot Noirs in their stunning tasting room, overing panoramic views over the surrounding estate vineyards. The space is open for visitors seven days per week.
    Photo courtesy of Van Duzer Vineyards

  • Corner 103
    Sonoma, Calif.

    Lloyd Davis, founder of Corner 103, created this Sonoma tasting room for all those people out there who might feel a little intimidated by the wine world. The staff insure an educational and comfortable tasting experience that includes wines from Corner 103 and the rest of the Sonoma County American Viticulture Areas.
    Photo courtesy of Sarah Stierch / Wikimedia Commons

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank
    Hammondsport, N.Y.

    The tasting room at Dr. Konstantin Frank overlooks scenic Keuka Lake. Visitors can choose to taste an overview of signature wines inside, or during the warmer summer months, outdoors on the spacious outdoor deck. Don’t forget to bring a picnic!
    Photo courtesy of Dr. Konstantin Frank

The top 10 winners in the Best Tasting Room category are as follows:

  1. Stoller Family Estate - Dayton, Ore.
  2. Presqu'ile Winery - Santa Maria, Calif.
  3. Bending Branch Winery - Comfort, Texas
  4. L'Ecole No 41 - Lowden, Wash.
  5. Brennan Vineyards - Comanche, Texas
  6. Spicewood Vineyards - Spicewood, Texas
  7. Fox Run Vineyards - Penn Yan, N.Y.
  8. Van Duzer Vineyards - Dallas, Ore.
  9. Corner 103 - Sonoma, Calif.
  10. Dr. Konstantin Frank - Hammondsport, N.Y.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jill Barth, a Provence Wine Master; Shana Clarke, Wine Editor for inside.com and contributor to Eat Sip Trip; Karen MacNeil, one of the foremost wine experts in the U.S.; and June Rodil, a Master Sommelier were chosen for their knowledge of wine and the American wine scene.

Congratulations to all these winning tasting rooms!

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