Take 10 Tuesday: US Wine Regions

Away.com recently compiled a list of Top 10 Hidden Gem Wine Regions around the United States.

10. Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania
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Brandywine Valley Wine Trail is located around 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia near Amish country. The wine trail here is 50 miles long with 8 separate wineries. Consider coming here in March for the Barrels on the Brandywine. Stop in at nearby Valley Forge National Historic Park or Longwood Gardens.

9. Traverse City, Michigan

The 45th parallel might have Traverse City on top of it but it also has the Bordeaux region of France. It isn’t any surprise that this mild city that lies so close to Lake Michigan has such flavorful grapes and wines, including its Pinot Blancs. Chateau Chantal is an 11-unit inn and winery while Black Star Farms is a bed & breakfast, winery and creamery. Black Star Farms has cheeses, farmers markets and a cafe while Chateau Chantal has an on-site vineyard.

8. Yakima Valley, Washington

Head 2 hours away from Seattle and you’ll find the source of almost half of Washington state’s wine. Contrary to Seattle, Yakima Valley gets 300 days of sun and the volcanic soil helps the grapes grow into flavorful wines. There are over 50 wineries in this area with many farms spotting the land in between. While you’re in the area, visit volcanic mountains and hike around the countryside.

7. Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland and the area surrounding it have close to 135 vineyards. The favorite wine of this area tends to be Pinot Noir but its ice wine has gained attention for being a sweet dessert wine. Chalet Debonne in Madison is a great place to try ice wine while John Christ Winery is a great place to try the Pinot Noir. If you’re new to wine, the American Wine School has many classes and tastings.

6. Arkansas River Valley, Arkansas

Wiederkehr Wine Cellars are still being run by the family that opened it back in the 1880s. The Wine Cellars where founded by German and Swiss immigrants and that is reflected in the setting of the winery. You’ll find specialties like schnitzel and also fondue. Stop by Hot Springs first and then travel 90 minutes north to Altus. Hot Springs has mineral bath spas while Altus offers all the relaxation wine and candlelight can offer.

5. North Fork, Long Island, New York
Drive 75 miles out of Manhattan, just outside the Hamptons, and enjoy wine tastings in style. Croteaux Vineyards specializes in rose wines while Shinn Estate Vineyards has more organic wines with a bed & breakfast. Stop in at the Croteaux Vineyards and experience the Farmhouse Cooking School. North Fork, Long Island is a great place to take a side-trip during a trip to New York City.

4. Botetourt County, Virginia

Detour 30 minutes outside Roanoke to Botetourt County, where three family-owned vineyards sit. Each of the wineries is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian trail, and the James River runs nearby. Fincastle Vineyard and Winery has an on-site bed & breakfast, Blue Ridge Vineyard has 300-acres full of hiking trails, and Virginia Mountain Vineyards has a gazebo full of picnics. These vineyards offer Rieslings and Cabernet Francs. Ikenberrry Orchards nearby offers apples, maize mazes, and preserves if you take a fall trip.

3. Truro, Cape Code, Massachusetts

Hidden between Provincetown and Wellfleet, Truro is a national seashore town that is outlined by Truro Vineyards. The vineyard grows its own Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Merlot grapes but imports others from New York and California to make their own unique flavor combinations. One popular flavor is the Cranberry Red, you can identify it by its lighthouse shaped bottle. Try visiting in October. You can grab your cranberry red to save for Thanksgiving dinner, then visit Martha’s Vineyard for its annual October Food & Wine festival.

2. Bloomington, Indiana

Oliver Winery is the #1 wine seller in Indiana, known for grapes imported from California and Oregon. FARMbloomington, which includes FARMbar, FARMcafe, and FARMrestaurant, which makes locally-based meals. Their Thanksgiving menu includes butternut & banana bisque, bourbon brined roast turkey, and apple and cranberry compote.

1. Hill Country, Texas
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Head north of San Antonio and you’ll find the Texas Wine Trail. There are over 25 wineries on the Texas Wine Trail and they really stand out among the wildflowers in April. After stopping in at the wineries, stay the night in Fredericksburg, full of beer gardens, Victorian style B&Bs, and rustic log cabins. Gastehaus Schmidt can help you find the accommodations right for you.

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