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TripAdvisor's top 10 American wine tours

These travelers know their wine. One of the internet's most popular travel sites, TripAdvisor, has compiled a list of the top 10 wine destinations based on user reviews and opinions. Each of these outstanding tours offer the opportunity for wine aficionados and novice tasters alike to enjoy sensational sips while learning the vine-to-wine story behind delicious vintages.

“According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, nearly one-third of U.S. respondents are planning a vineyard visit this fall, and we want to highlight 10 palate-pleasing tours as travelers make their plans,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

From underground caves to intimate tasting rooms, all of these vineyards bring something unique to visiting tasters. With harvest underway at many wineries across the country, fall is one of the best times of year to take a tour.

1. Pride Mountain Vineyards, St. Helena, California
Two-thousand feet above the Napa Valley floor, guests of this 235-acre estate will enjoy exquisite views of Mount St. Helena while touring sun-soaked vineyards. The 90-minute experience takes visitors through the production facility, then concludes in the 23,000 square-foot cave where each barrel is aged to perfection.

Tours operate six days a week with a $15 fee; advance reservations required.

2. Hendry Ranch Wines, Napa, California 
Since 1939, the Hendry family has harvested the hills of this 114-acre ranch located 10 miles northwest of Napa. The winery welcomes travelers with a two and a half hour tour led by owner George Hendry, who gives an in-depth lesson into the art and science behind the bottle. A TripAdviser traveler might the tour highly informative.

Tours operate daily with a $40 fee; advance reservations required.

3. Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic, New York
New York wines are gaining momentum and aspiring viticulturists will enjoy this intimate tour on the North Fork of Long Island. Travelers will learn the unique growing conditions of Long Island grapes before sampling the aromatic beverages including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. One TripAdvisor reviewer commented “I learned more on this tour than in any other I have taken.”

Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday with a $25 fee; advance reservations required...