Springtime Getaways to Wineries
Springtime is a great time to visit wineries. In most wine-producing regions in the US, the weather is fairer. Also, during the springtime, everything is starting to blosoom including the vines themselves. In addition, many vineyards are also gearing up for the main winery tour season, which usually occurs during the summer months. By visiting a winery or participating in a winery tour during a spring vacation, the crowds are thinner, which provides for a more intimate experience. Here are some wineries to try depending on the region or state:
California Wine Regions:
Considering that this state produces 90% of American wines, winery tours will be plentiful during the springtime. Many winery tours in California will offer bed and breakfast packages, particularly in the more well known areas such as Napa Valley. For the more popular regions, it is advisable to book early. One notable vineyard includes the Vina Castellano Winery and Vineyard which is located in Auburn, California.This vineyard specializes in Spanish wines as the owners’ family lines traces back to Spain. The winery typically offers weekend tours and tastings in their wine cave. If you are traveling with a group of six or more, a gourmet picnic lunch is available. Or you can visit their restaurant, where they regularly serve tapas. The menu changes frequently.
New York Wine Regions:
Although the weather may not be as balmy as California’s, New York does boast a number of award-winning vineyards. New York’s vineyards are spread across several regions including the Finger Lakes or the Hudson Valley. Adair Vineyards, for example, in located in the Hudson Valley. This vineyard is located on The Shawangunk Wine Trail, so along with visiting this vineyard, one can visit nine other vineyards in the Hudson Valley over the course of several days for a springtime getaway.
Virginia Wine Regions:
Virginia in the spring is very beautiful especially in the western part of the state near the Blue Ridge mountain range where many vineyards are located. Many vineyards are located right off of Highway 29 therefore it’s quite easy to see 1-2 vineyards in a day. One such example is Lazy Days Vineyards located in Amherst County between Lynchburgh and Charlottesville, about 3 miles north of Amherst, Virginia. This vineyard currently released their first vintage, but has already been recieving awards such the Bronze at the Governor’s Cups for its Merlot and Petit Verdot 2009 vintages. Their wine tastings are currently free.
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