If you’re looking for a place to visit with lots of great history to go with your wine, you should come to Charlottesville. Of course, the city itself is steeped in American history, but did you know that our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, planted the first vineyards when he was president, despite preferring the coveted French wines? Fast-forward to today and we have over 300 of them in product in the state, with amazing variety and vintage selections.
Sandwiched between Delaware, here is another great opportunity to get more than just great tasting wine over the weekend. You could definitely take the whole family and spend one day pampering yourself with decadent food and wine while learning history and giving everyone a reinvigorated sense of pride for their own country, thanks to the abundance of museums in the area.
Palisade is home to very accessible and affordable wineries available to all budgets and lengths of vacation. While it doesn’t have the same star-studded names dropped on the itinerary as some of the bigger names at the top of our list, it does have quite an interest pairing with local curricular activity enthusiasts, if you ask around and do a little research before you arrive.
Another hidden gem, so to speak, for Americans looking for great wine tours and eateries. It’s such a great pairing that it almost seems too obvious. Texas is home to some great wine, which means you’re in store for a brand new way of looking at what does and does not qualify as a proper wine pairing. Throw away your books because you’re going to look at fried foods and grilled meats in a completely different light in Texas Hill Country.
It was a difficult choice, but we had to include a third California vineyard in our list because of the shear breadth of flavors available here. Temecula is home to amazing varieties of red, white, sparkling, and almond champagne, where you can really tell you’re drinking something that is distinctly California.