Top Wine Vacations

Wine VacationImagine tasting deep luscious wine while watching the clouds float above the vineyards whose grapes went into the pinot, merlot, or chardonnay you’re savoring. A wine vacation is a fantastic way to rediscover your love for the art and beauty of wine, or to introduce you to it in the best way possible. Here are ten top choices for wine vacations that will dazzle you.

California

Napa, Of Course

Napa Valley is of course, the number one wine vacation in the country. It boasts a selection of five star restaurants that sometimes attract in celebrity clientele, as well as many casual eateries. You can wander through wineries with a glass of your favorite vintage from the tasting, sipping, and enjoying the smooth finish of the drink and the beautiful green scenery of vineyards and hillsides. Just as wine can be luxurious and expensiveor deliciously affordable, so are the wineries in Napa Valley. You can check out the famed Robert Mondavi Vineyard for lavishly rich wines with the matching price tags or visit the Wine Garage, where the idea behind the business is to remain affordable: no bottle is more than twenty dollars, and they’re still good enough to entertain with. VacationRentals.com provides both luxury and affordability as well with its many options for rentals, from apartments to houses to vineyard cottages.

Privacy

A less expensive and less crowded alternative to Napa Valley is Amador County, which sits beneath beautiful hillsides approximately forty five miles east of Sacramento. Word of mouth spreads good things, and this Northern California wine vacation region has gained a certain status among wine enthusiasts. High quality wine tasting bars are plentiful here and are more affordable than Napa’s. With over a dozen vineyards to visit, friendly people, quaint main street shops, and landscapes worthy of a glass of wine, this is one of those wine vacations that will just keep getting more popular, so visit soon! Once everyone knows about how great this wine vacation is, it may be harder to find deals and discounts. Always check VacationRentals.com for lodging deals during your tasty wine vacation.

Ocean Views

Mendocino County is a fantastic wine vacation destination with its spectacular Pacific Ocean views and sea air. The coastal climate creates a prime grape growing region as well as a wonderful backdrop for a perfect wine vacation. Check out the summer Art in the Gardens Festival at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. At this lovely festival, you can view gorgeous flowers, sip your favorite local wine, and support local artists.

Budget

Livermore is a budget friendly wine vacation in California, with gorgeous vineyards stretching for miles. Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, is the perfect wine vacation destination since it is where three prominent wine producing regions interconnect: Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley. Healdsburg even hosts the annual Pigs and Pinot event in spring—a fun weekend of yummy food and decadent wine. And for a comfortable place to rest between tastings, browse the selection of vacation lodgings at VacationRentals.com.

Wine Vacations

East Coast

Visit East Coast vineyards like Ingleside in Oak Grove, Virginia, located near Chesapeake Bay. Take guided tours and taste the artistry of the vintners. Or check out Blue Hill, Maine, for food and wine focused fun. In the fall, go for a long weekend of wine and food offerings from local restaurants and chefs at the Foliage Food and Wine Festival in October.

Europe, Of Course

If you can afford a European wine vacation, consider France. Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Alsace are all well respected and award winning wine producing areas. France and wine go together, like, well, France and wine. But then, doesn’t wine go with everything?

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