Best Underrated U.S. Wine Destinations

Surely you’ve heard of Napa and Sonoma, but did you know the US is home to dozens of other up-and-coming wine regions — all of which offer their own charming sites, incredible blends, and quaint properties? Break out your favorite bottle of vino and read on for a few of our favorite under-the-radar US wine destinations for future travels. 

Wine Destination #1: Paso Robles, CA

Paso Robles, CA: Located in central California’s San Louis Obispo County, Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries (that’s 40,000 acres of vineyards). Highlights include Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden (which is one-part winery and one-part museum), Eberle Winery (where you can embark on cave tours and complimentary wine tastings), and Tablas Creek Vineyard (an eco-friendly winery that’s home to adorable animals like sheep and alpacas) After a day well-spent, retreat to your room at the chic, industrial-inspired Piccolo Hotel

Wine Destination #2: Texas Hill Country, TX

Texas Hill Country, TX: The Lonestar State’s very own Texas Hill Country Region (which is about 90 minutes outside of Austin by car) is dotted with over 60 wineries — not to mention nine million acres of vineyards. Among our favorites are Driftwood Estate, Dry Comal Creek, and 4.0 Cellars are a few of our favorites. When it comes time to unwind after your wine tasting excursions, reserve a room at the sprawling La Cantera Resort and Spa.

Wine Destination #3: Finger Lakes, NY

Finger Lakes, NY: New York’s Finger Lakes region is home to over 120 wineries. Must-visits include the waterfront Glenora Wine Cellars (which overlooks offers postcard-worthy views) and Miles Wine Cellars (housed in a magnificent, 19th-century-era Greek Revival Mansion located along the shorelines of Seneca Lake). Meanwhile, the 80-acre Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard is famous for its award-winning Riesling. The Lake House on Canandaigua (@lakehousecdga), which offers stylish interiors and two chic on-site eateries, makes a great home base for exploring. 

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