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10 best wine regions in North America

We asked a panel of wine industry experts to pick their favorite North American wine regions, then our readers voted for the best. Here are the top 10 winners.

10. Verde Valley, Arizona

Sedona’s Verde Valley features a dry, arid climate , dramatic temperature changes from day to night and volcanic soil, resulting in excellent conditions for growing grapes.

9. Paso Robles, California

California's Paso Robles wine country comprises 11 different AVAs exhibiting a diversity of microclimates and growing conditions.

8. Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County boasts 18 unique wine regions growing more than 60 varieties of wine grapes. Some 85 percent of the vineyards remain family owned and operated.

7. Lodi, California

Image courtesy of Lodi Winegrape Commission

Lodi’s classic Mediterranean climate creates excellent conditions for producing a diverse range of wines, though many area wineries focus predominately on red.

6. Monticello, Virginia

When not sipping on European grape varietals, visitors to the region can explore the battlefields of the Richmond area or stroll through revitalized downtown Lynchburg.

5. Texas Hill Country

The scenic Texas Hill Country is home to more than 50 different wineries, and its AVA is the second largest in the country.

4. Temecula Valley, California

Image courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley

Wine grapes have been grown in this area for more than 200 years, but these days, the warm region is best known for its Italian and Rhone varietals.

3. Finger Lakes, New York

Image courtesy of Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

This region is home to the three distinct Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake AVAs. Visitors to the area will find more than 130 wineries, many specializing in riesling.

2. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

This village in Baja California is surrounded by more than 100 wineries producing world-class biodynamic wines, with varietals largely from the Mediterranean.

1. Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Image courtesy of Visit Walla Walla

Italian immigrants began growing wine grapes here in the 1850s. Today, this region features more than 100 wineries producing a range of varietals.

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