Top 10 U.S. Wine Destinations: TripAdvisor Names The Travelers' Choice
Today TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Wine Destinations awards. Winners were determined based on their popularity as wine destinations, taking into account travelers’ reviews and opinions for local wineries, restaurants, attractions and accommodations.
Find out the top ten U.S. wine destinations in the slideshow below (here's a hint: most are in California).
1. Sonoma County, California
Sonoma County may not produce as much wine as nearby Napa, but what it lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in variety. You’ll find everything from Chardonnay to Zinfandel here, and TripAdvisor travelers love the laid-back, unpretentious vibe of the wineries. After a strenuous day of wine-tasting, spoil yourself at one of the many local spas.
2. Napa Valley, California
Napa is probably the most famous wine region in the United States, and for good reason: It produces legendary Cabs and Chardonnay and boasts more than 400 wineries. But there’s more than just wine-tasting in Napa. The fine dining scene is amazing, some wineries boast museum-worthy art collections, and you’ll also find sophisticated spas and great golf courses.
3. Willamette Valley, Oregon
A cool climate, rainy winters and long daylight hours during growing season add up to amazing Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Lodging options range from hip hotels in downtown Portland to cozy country B&Bs, so you’re sure to find the perfect place to relax after a long day of wine-tasting...