North America is home to thousands of incredible wineries, and the best of them offer more than just a great-tasting bottle. The top wine-making facilities go above and beyond by providing behind-the-scenes tours, tasting rooms, award-winning restaurants and cozy hotel stays.
We invited a panel of experts to nominate their favorites in each category and then invited our readers to vote for the next four weeks. The results are in!
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Wine Club: Naked Wines
Naked Wines introduces subscribers to independent winemakers — Photo courtesy of Naked Wines
Naked Wines invests in independent winemakers, so customers get insider prices to exclusive wines. Customers, known as Angels, deposit a monthly membership fee into an Angel account, which can be used to order wine from indie winemakers at any time.
Best Wine Country Hotel: Château Chantal in Traverse City, Michigan
Michigan takes top three spots on list of the 10 best — Photo courtesy of KEdward // Getty Images
Chateau Chantal, located just north of Traverse City, Michigan, combines a vineyard and winery with a luxurious B&B lodging. All suites and rooms have exceptional views of vineyards or Grand Traverse Bay, many with private patios or balconies, and several rooms include wet bars and whirlpool tubs. The inn’s amenities include fireplaces and sitting areas, plus an exceptional breakfast.
Best Wine Festival: Black Vines in Berkeley, California
The winning festival brings together a range of Black winemakers, musicians, artists and vintners — Photo courtesy of Black Vines
Black Vines is on a mission to connect wine lovers with Black winemakers though the longest-running Black wine festival in the United States. The annual winter festival in Berkeley, California brings together a range of Black winemakers, musicians, artists and vintners for a full day of tasting and live entertainment.
Best Wine Region: Walla Walla Valley in Washington
Walla Walla Valley features more than 100 wineries — Photo courtesy of Visit Walla Walla
Italian immigrants began growing wine grapes in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley in the 1850s. Today, this region features more than 100 wineries producing a range of varietals, most popularly cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and malbec. The American Viticultural Area spreads across the border into Oregon as well.
Best Wine Tasting Room: Corner 103 in Sonoma, California
Corner 103 ensures an educational and comfortable tasting experience for those who sometimes find wine tastings intimidating — Photo courtesy of Corner 103
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 ensure an educational and comfortable tasting experience that includes wines from Corner 103 and the rest of the Sonoma County American Viticulture Areas.
Best Wine Tour: Sustainable Wine Tours in Santa Barbara, California
Guests never sip wine in a public location on these eco-tours — Photo courtesy of Sustainable Wine Tours
Sustainable Wine Tours offers exclusive access to private wineries, estates and vineyards throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country; guests never sip wine in a public location on these tours. Each tour, whether small-group or private, includes tasting fees, a winery tour and an organic picnic lunch.
Best Winery Restaurant: Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants in Virginia
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants named Best Winery Restaurant — Photo courtesy of iStock / Inside Creative House
Cooper’s Hawk brings a Napa Valley wine and food experience to more than a dozen locations around the United States. The menu features contemporary American fare; each seasonal dish on the menu indicates a suggested wine pairing.
Best Winery Tour: Crown Point Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California
Crown Point Vineyards' personalized tour is just one of the reasons it was voted Best Winery Tour — Photo courtesy of Crown Point Vineyards
Private tasting experiences at Crown Point Vineyards include a 90-minute personalized tour of the property, known for its bordeaux varieties. Walk through the vineyard to learn more about the wines and sit down for a tasting and cheese pairing amid the Santa Ynez landscape.
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