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.
10Best wants to know which wine regions, tours, tasting rooms, festivals, winery restaurants and wine country hotels are the best in the U.S., and we need your help to do it. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, August 20 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Winery Tour
Which winery conducts the best tour or tasting? — Photo courtesy of iStock / gilaxia
Whether you're a newbie or 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.
Best Winery Restaurant
Many wineries also operate a restaurant — Photo courtesy of iStock / Rawpixel
Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty plate of food. Many of America'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 Wine Region
Amazing wines are now grown in many parts of the U.S. — Photo courtesy of iStock / bmdesign
While California undoubtedly produces excellent wine, it's got stiff competition these days. The United States is as of 2016 home to 238 American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs–grape-growing regions designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Best Wine Festival
These 20 festivals celebrate wine — Photo courtesy of iStock / fstop123
There's a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as quite the partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. 10Best teamed up with a panel of wine industry experts to find the best wine-centric celebrations in the U.S. Which is your favorite?
Best Wine Country Hotel
Stay at one of these hotels for the ultimate wine country getaway — Photo courtesy of iStock / svetikd
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, nominated by a panel of wine industry experts, provide a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of touring and tasting in wine regions around the country.
Best Tasting Room
A great tasting room atmosphere makes good wine even better — Photo courtesy of iStock / gilaxia
The quality of a tasting room can make or break a wine tasting. A comfortable, elegant tasting room with a knowledgable staff can elevate the entire experience.
Remember, you can vote once per day, per category until voting ends on Monday, August 20 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, August 31. Best of luck to all our 2018 nominees!