5 Wanderlust 🍷Wine Regions Not Impacted By The Wildfires

Although Napa and Sonoma Valleys will forever remain world famous, it should be noted that alternative tour options are on the rise and surprisingly satisfying. While efforts are ongoing to build and replant our most famous wine country, we will explore great alternatives for wine lovers everywhere. If you are therefore looking for a great getaway to savor some of the best wines of the country, which also upholds the well-known standards of Napa and Sonoma, you should consider one of these options:


1. Willamette Valley, Oregon
First on our list is Willamette Valley, Oregon – Since this region is highly associated with great Pinot Noirs, you are likely going to find many visitors gathering here than you will find in other regions. This is because the quality of wine here is just short of magnificent. The region is therefore worthy of the crowd it receives even though, the masses are still no match for what you’ll find in Napa and Sonoma. At Willamette, there are close to 600 wineries in the whole 150-mile valley that you can explore. Pinot Noir is typically the star of this show, be sure to visit the Pinot Gris. Willamette Valley is positively on our list of contenders. Be sure to explore the gems of: Seufert Winery and Elk Cove VineyardsChoose a custom vacation package: Charitable Travel Groups “Corks for Charity” Wine Tours


2. Texas Hill Country
Second on our list is Texas Hill Country. At first glance you may not think of Texas for grape farming, but a second look at its over 50 wineries spread across 60 miles of the region southwest of Austin, places this wine country in the spotlight. Some of their best collections include, Cabernet Sauvignon, but ingredients made with grapes like Syrah, Grenache and Tempranillo are the real stars of the show.A couple of suggested visits: Duchman Family Winery and Fall Creek Vineyards


3. Columbia Valley, Washington
This is Washington’s largest wine region. It is well known for its exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Merlot. It should be noted that Walla Walla and Red Valley areas are the key selection areas but explore to find off the beaten path boutique winemakers who offer some unique charms.A couple of suggested visits: Woodward Canyon and Charles Smith Wines


4. Finger Lakes, New York
This region makes our list of other great alternatives to Napa and Sonoma. For many wine enthusiasts New York is at the bottom of their “Must Do” bucket list. With a surplus of wineries across its three lakes, this area remains remarkable in its wine production capabilities and standards. Free from some of the tourist overrun that so many other regions are known for, the lake views are breathtaking and worldly. It will surely leave you with memories that will linger on.Vacation packages available at: Charitable Travel Group “Corks for Charity” Wine Tours


5. Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Lastly, you would also find a number of exciting wineries in the Central Virginia area that are worth your time. This region is a “treasure trove” for Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. The Roanoke area offers just shy of 16 wineries. You’ll find that you would be able to unwind and relax on the lake as you also relish the great taste its wineries have to offer.A couple of suggested visits: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards and Valhalla Vineyards.

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