• Paul Welling

Best USA Wine Regions To Visit on Holiday

Wines from the USA may not be the first choice when you are in the UK supermarkets as you prefer to pick the Australian's or the South American varieties. I believe that American wines are seriously underestimated though and there are some great options out there if you look.

What better way to taste the wines from the USA than actually in an American vineyard! Head for the right areas in the States and you can build a whole holiday or itinerary around these amazing wine lands and experience some top class red & white wines. The USA produces some award winning wines and the vineyards can be a highlight of any holiday in America.

On our holidays to the USA we can arrange winery tours and tastings either on a self drive basis or on a day tour where someone else does the driving for you leaving you to sample the product better.

The following are the regions in America that we consider to offer top experiences for discovering USA wine.


The state itself as a whole produces close to 90% of the country's wine and these are just a few of the best areas in California's wine country that we recommend visiting.

  • Napa Valley. More than 3 dozen grape varieties flourish here and you can sample the wine in Napa's downtown tasting rooms or at some of the 400 unique wineries.

  • Sonoma County. Over 400 wineries with tasting rooms ranging from the simple & rustic to elaborate wine mansions We recommend staying at Inn at Occidental when in Sonoma wine country

  • SLO Wine Country. Unfolding along the Pacific Coast, halfway between San Fran and LA, the vineyards extend to mountain peaks in this fertile region. Follow the River Road wine trail to Edna Valley to Santa Barbara. You'll never run out of wineries to discover. We recommend the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara as great fun and walk-able!

Oregon's Willamette Valley

This area is a leading producer of fine wines. The climate is perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes in the lush hillsides below the cascade mountains. First planted in 1965, there are now over 700 vineyards producing the famous grape. This scenic region is perfect for a road trip to include wine tastings at one of more than 500 wineries.

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Washington States Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla is beautiful and combines climate, character & charm to offer a wonderful experience when exploring. Vast sagebrush deserts, scenic rivers & acquifers help produce high quality grapes and there are over 100 wineries where you will find Washington States fine wines.


Surrounded by picturesque mountains, quaint small towns and significant historical sites, Virginia is a wonderful place to enjoy an exceptional glass of local wine. The Virginian wines have much in common with European wine, particularly the Bordeaux varietals.

Follow the wine trails leading to 300 USA wineries and you might happen upon a festival or live music or stay overnight at a vineyard.

My particular favourite wine region in the USA though is Temecula which is southern California down near San Diego. The climate is great and the wine region is fairly small in comparison to the Northern areas of Sonoma and Napa Valley which is part of its charm I think.

No matter which varietal of wine you're looking for, you can probably find it here!  Known for our diversity, wineries here in the Temecula Valley grow and produce over 50 different varietals of wine; from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot to Mourvedre, Viognier to Chardonnay.  Along with fabulous wines, you'll find incredible winery restaurants, intimate bed and breakfast inns, lush resorts, splendid gift shops and beautiful picnic grounds.

We recommend staying at the Ponte Vineyard Inn when in Temecula wine country as it offers a boutique hotel experience, balloon rides and high quality food and wine tastings.

We would love to help with some inspiration for your next USA road trip which maybe includes some vineyard tours and tastings.