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Best Winery Tour (2022)

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Whether you know very little about wine or are a connoisseur, there's nothing like getting a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process (while tasting along the way) to hone your appreciation and your palate. 

  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

    Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
    Hammondsport, New York

    Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, located in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York, offers an 1886 Food and Wine Experience in which guests partake in a guided viticultural or cellar tour followed by a seated wine tasting.  This experience is available from May through October and is reservation only.  For a less in-depth endeavor, seated wine tastings are offered year-round.
    Photo courtesy of luza studios // Getty Images

  • Signor Vineyards

    Signor Vineyards
    Fredricksburg, Texas

    10Best Wine Expert Marla Cimini tells us that the Signor Vineyards tour is an “excellent tour with stunning views of the vineyards.” The vineyard’s 200-acre property offers two different and equally enjoyable experiences for its guests: the first, wine tastings and charcuterie with table service in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Or, guests can enjoy a visit to the picturesque Wine Barn, where a more casual, family-oriented experience is available on the lawn with large picnic tables and comfortable Adirondack chairs.
    Photo courtesy of Erica Falbaum

  • ACORN Winery

    ACORN Winery
    Healdsburg, California

    ACORN Winery in the Russian River Valley specializes in field-blending techniques, which you can learn about during a tasting and vineyard walk with owners Bill and Betsy Nachbaur.
    Photo courtesy of MJ Wickman Photography

  • Benziger Family Winery

    Benziger Family Winery
    Glen Ellen, California

    Visitors to Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma have five tour and tasting options to choose from. The exclusive Tribute Estate Tour takes visitors behind the scenes for a close-up look at the biodynamic vineyards and winemaking facilities, with a barrel tasting along the way. Visitors can also take a tram tour of the vineyards to learn more about biodynamic farming.
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Benziger Family Winery

  • Cline Cellars

    Cline Cellars
    Sonoma, California

    Visitors to Cline Cellars can choose between a private tour and tasting through the historic estate or the Syrah Hill Experience, which includes a trip to the top of Syrah Hill for views over the surrounding scenery.
    Photo courtesy of Cline Cellars

  • Gundlach Bundschu

    Gundlach Bundschu
    Sonoma, California

    Just five minutes from historic Sonoma Plaza, historic Gundlach Bundschu at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains invites guests to tour the 320-acre aboard a Pinzgauer – an Austrian military vehicle capable of going off road. Visitors can also tour the vineyards and barrel caves on foot.
    Photo courtesy of Gundlach Bundschu

  • Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock
    Healdsburg, California

    Chimney Rock Winery, located in the beautiful Napa Valley of California, offers three 90-minute daily explorations of their estate in specially designed touring carts. Guests will hear the story of Chimney Rock's history and winemaking and sample Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard where the grapes are grown.
    Photo courtesy of MelanieMaya // Getty Images

  • Boxwood Winery

    Boxwood Winery
    Middleburg, Virginia

    Rich with American history, this ambitious young vineyard produces red and white wines in the Bordeaux tradition, reflecting Northern Virginia’s terroir. Casual self-guided tours of the modern 26-acre Boxwood Winery include their circular cave with wines aging in French oak barrels.
    Photo courtesy of Boxwood Estate Winery

  • Far Niente

    Far Niente
    Oakville, California

    This Napa Valley winery offers guided tours of the immaculately landscaped grounds by appointment only. With roots dating back to 1885, the stone winery at Far Niente (Italian for “without a care”) is surrounded by 13 acres of gardens. The star attraction, though, is the wine caves that extend 40,000 square feet underground and are lined with the winery’s vintages quietly aging in 100% French oak barrels. 10Best Wine Expert Marla Cimini adds, “Lovely hilltop views, gardens, and wine caves while sipping wines outdoors on their patio.”
    Photo courtesy of Far Niente Winery

  • Silver Oak

    Silver Oak
    Oakville, California

    With more than four hundred acres of vines in Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, Silver Oak has been creating outstanding wines since 1972. With two LEED Platinum certifications, their buildings reflect their commitment to excellence. Ninety-minute guided tours of the vineyards, production facility, tasting room, and library are offered while sampling three of their Cabernet Sauvignons.
    Photo courtesy of Silver Oak

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

  1. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery - Hammondsport, New York
  2. Signor Vineyards - Fredricksburg, Texas
  3. ACORN Winery - Healdsburg, California
  4. Benziger Family Winery - Glen Ellen, California
  5. Cline Cellars - Sonoma, California
  6. Gundlach Bundschu - Sonoma, California
  7. Chimney Rock - Healdsburg, California
  8. Boxwood Winery - Middleburg, Virginia
  9. Far Niente - Oakville, California
  10. Silver Oak - Oakville, California

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning tours!

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Dynie Sanderson

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Marla Cimini

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Melanie Reffes

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Tahiirah Habibi

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