The Best Places to Drink Wine That Aren’t California
So long, Sonoma. Sip and savor new wines at these top—but sometimes under the radar—destinations around the world.
If you haven’t heard of Michigan wine, it’s because it’s so good, it doesn’t make it out of the Great Lakes State. Most of the wineries are nestled near Lake Michigan, in small, quaint towns where you can enjoy the idyllic scenery. Along with classics like pinot noir, you’ll also find specialties like ice wine—sweet, delectable dessert wines produced from grapes that have frozen while still on the vine. Find the best winery in your home state.
Lubbock, Buddy Holly’s birthplace, is home to a burgeoning art scene and six award-winning wineries, all of which would be happy to host you and your foodie friends for a tasting. Highlights include McPherson Cellars, a 2019 James Beard Award nominee, with their vintage-made-new tasting room in downtown Lubbock.
Loudon County, Virginia
Outside of the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. awaits wine country steeped in history. Enjoy a glass while overlooking battle sites or the properties of former presidents. With over 40 wineries and wine tasting rooms to choose from, you can explore aromatic Viognier and classics like merlot. Master your red wine knowledge before you go.
Missouri Wine Country
Home to German immigrants and America’s First Wine District, this charming area should not be overlooked. The wines pay tribute to the German heritage, and visitors can ride bikes, hike and even stomp grapes. Discover less well-known varieties like buttery, fruity Chardonel and floral Vignoles.
Nestled near stunning cliffs, Palisade offers an unforgettable wine experience. Tour more than 25 local wineries while enjoying music, or bike ride through the vines and peach orchards. The sunny days and cool nights result in flavorful varietals like syrah and cabernet franc.
Sometimes called “mini Tuscany,” this Slovenian wine region offers Italian-style wines without as many tourists. Savor a delicious meal at one of the small, family-run vineyards or at the iconic castle among the rolling hills. Be sure to try the Rebula, a strong and citrusy white known in the region.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
On the largest island in the Canaries, you’ll find ancient wines nurtured by volcanic soil. The abundance of microclimates has resulted in five different wine regions, producing fresh, light whites and spicy, fruity reds. When you’re tasting wine, follow these tips from a sommelier.
Yadkin Valley, North Carolina
In the verdant Yadkin Valley, small, award-winning wineries are situated alongside family-owned farms. A little-known secret, it’s rich in wineries—over 100! For an immersive wine experience, journey down the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail, where you can encounter 30 wineries with delicious cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays.
Long Island, New York
Long Island harbors over 50 wineries, close enough that you can bike ride between them, and stop at farm stands or antique stores along the way. You can’t go wrong with the chardonnays or merlots, and you’ll also find experimental wines at places like Channing Daughters.