The U.S. is home to well over 8,000 wineries spread across nearly 250 American Viticultural Areas (AVA). 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.
Each summer, 10Best enlists the help of our readers to choose the best of the best in 6 different categories. After four weeks of voting, we have our 2018 Readers' Choice wine winners.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Tasting Room: Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, Ore.
Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, Ore. — Photo courtesy of Stoller Family Estate / Mike Haverkate
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.
Best Wine Country Hotel: Atticus Hotel in McMinnville, Ore.
Atticus Hotel puts you within reach of hundreds of tasting rooms and wineries — Photo courtesy of Sionnie LaFollette / Atticus Hotel
Situated in Downtown McMinnville in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, Atticus Hotel welcomes guests with inviting amenities like fireplaces in each room, locally sourced teas and coffees, king size beds and lots of local art on the walls. From this base, guests have more than 200 area wineries and tasting rooms to explore.
Best Wine Festival: The Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles, Calif.
The Garagiste Festival is coming up in November — Photo courtesy of The Garagiste Festival
This three-day wine festival hosted four times per year in Paso Robles, Solvang, Sonoma and Los Angeles celebrates small-production winemaking – wineries and vineyards producing under 1,500 cases per year. In addition to the main festival, smaller events throughout the year include mini tastings and festivals focused on specific production areas, like the Santa Ynez Valley. The Paso Robles festival will be held November 9th through 11th.
Best Wine Region: Finger Lakes, N.Y.
Finger Lakes has more than 130 wineries to explore — Photo courtesy of Visit Finger Lakes / Flickr
New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region is home to three distinct American Viticultural Areas, Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake AVAs. Visitors to the area will find more than 130 wineries, many specializing in Riesling.
Best Winery Restaurant: F.L.X. Table - Element Winery in Geneva, N.Y.
F.L.X. Table at Element Winery — Photo courtesy of F.L.X. Table
Chef and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates is the man behind Geneva's Element Winery and F.L.X. Table, a restaurant in the form of a 12-person dinner party where diners are treated to a five-course meal with dishes changing nightly. F.L.X. Table also won Best New Restaurant of 2016.
Best Winery Tour: Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards in Lodi, Calif.
Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards is a fifth-generation winery — Photo courtesy of Harney Lane Winery & Vineyards
The Grape to Glass tour at Harney Lane Winery and Vineyards takes visitors through the grounds of a working winery that’s been in the same family for five generations. The tour ends with a tasting from the winery’s diverse portfolio.
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