A trip to the wine country can be a big drain on your wallet. If you’re looking for a wine getaway but don’t want to break the bank, give one of these options a try:
Finger Lakes, NY
While the Finger Lakes aren’t the secret they once were, the region is still overlooked by many wine enthusiasts. With more than a hundred wineries, years of passionate and high-quality wine production, and eleven lakes – the wine country being centered around four main ones: Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga and Canandaigua – the region has remained surprisingly free of the tourist masses so many others face. While the region’s world class Rieslings have generated the most buzz in the past few years, the Finger Lakes is home to some beautiful Gewürztraminers, Chardonnays and Ice Wines. On the other hand, the reds are slowly catching up, with a few wineries focusing on Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and even Lemberger (the Austrian grape, also known as Blaufränkisch. Plus, the lake views are nothing short of breathtaking…
Paso Robles, California
The wine territory up north tends to be more familiar to wine lovers, but head south and you will be rewarded with a great collection of interesting wineries, with cheaper prices, too! While Cabernet Sauvignon is the star wine, don’t overlook the Zinfandel or Merlot.
Texas Hill Country
Texas might not seem well-suited for growing grapes, but it doesn’t stop the region from having 50 very impressive wineries in the 60 mile region southwest of Austin. You’ll find some great Cab Sauv, Grenache, Tempranillo and Syrah.
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
There are a several good wineries in the Central Virginia area, but if you’d like to explore while enjoying a beautiful scenery, Smith Mountain Lake is the place to be! The region is well-suited for Viognier and Cab Franc.
Columbia Valley, Washington
Washington’s largest wine region offers a number of varietals including Cab Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Merlot. Although Walla Walla and Red Valley are the main spots, you’ll find plenty of great boutique winemakers outside of those areas.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
This region has become well-known for its Pinot Noir, so you’re going to find larger crowds than in other regions, but the wine makes it all worth it! Take your time to explore the 500 or so wineries in the area, and you won’t be disappointed.
Cheers, and happy traveling!