While France, Italy and Spain may be known as the heavy hitters in the world's wine industry, the United States alone has nearly 250 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) and over 8,000 wineries. And many of these facilities aren't just making wine; they're offering behind-the-scenes tours, hosting tastings and even partnering with chefs to run some of the nation's top restaurants.
10Best wants to know which wine regions, tours, tasting rooms, festivals, winery restaurants and wine country hotels are the best in North America, and we need your help to decide. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, July 18 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote.
Best New Winery
Help us name the 10 best new wineries of 2022 by voting for your favorite — Photo courtesy of Instants // Getty Images
While the process of winemaking is thousands of years old, these 20 new vineyards and wineries have only just recently opened up. We asked a panel of wine experts for their top new wineries to try, and now we need you to vote for the best.
Best Wine Club
Wine club subscription services bring the party to you — Photo courtesy of alvarez // Getty Images
Over the last two years, wine subscription services have seen a boom! Subscription services made it easy and safe to sample new wines from across the country and around the world, all without leaving home. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to nominate their favorite wine clubs, and now we need your help selecting the 10 best.
Best Wine Festival
Which wine festival is your favorite? — Photo courtesy of swalls // Getty Images
There's a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as a partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. From full parties to laid-back events, there's a wine festival for everyone. 10Best teamed up with a panel of wine industry experts to find the best wine-centric celebrations in the United States, and now it's your turn to vote.
Best Wine Region
Which North American wine region do you think is best? — Photo courtesy of Rostislav_Sedlacek // Getty Images
While California is known to produce excellent wine, it's got stiff competition these days. North America is home to more than 250 grape-growing regions. So, we asked a panel of wine industry experts to pick their favorite North American wine regions. Now we want to know which ones are your favorites.
Best Wine Tasting Room
Help us select the 10 best wine tasting rooms by voting for your favorite — Photo courtesy of Iuliia Pilipeichenko // Getty Images
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. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to nominate their favorite tasting rooms across the country. Now it's your turn to pick the winner.
Best Wine Tour
Wine tours are a great way to mix exploration with tasting — Photo courtesy of Jag_cz // Getty Images
Whether you’re tasting your way through the famed California wine country, sipping wine lakeside in Michigan or exploring wineries of the Pacific Northwest, enhance your wine tasting experience by leaving the driving to someone else. These 20 tour operators offer wine-centric tours, complete with transportation, knowledgeable guides and other extras.
Best Winery Hotel
Unwind for a few days at some of the best winery hotels in North America — Photo courtesy of GummyBone // Getty Images
What's better than a quick day trip into wine country for a tasting or two? A full-fledged wine country getaway! These 20 hotels from across the country, nominated by a panel of wine industry experts, provide a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of wine touring and tasting.
Best Winery Restaurant
Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty meal — Photo courtesy of wundervisuals // Getty Images
Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty meal. Many of the country's best wineries also operate some of the best restaurants, where chefs and sommeliers work together to create the perfect marriage of food and wine.
Best Winery Tour
Vote for your favorite winery tour — Photo courtesy of Rostislav_Sedlacek // Getty Images
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. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to nominate their favorite winery tours in North America. Now you can cast your vote.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, July 29.