The U.S. is home to well over 8,000 wineries spread across nearly 250 American Viticultural Areas (AVA). And many of these facilities aren’t just making wine; they’re offering behind-the-scenes tours, hosting tastings and even partnering with chefs to run some of the nation’s top restaurants.
10Best wants to know which wine regions, tours, tasting rooms, festivals, winery restaurants and wine country hotels are the best in the U.S., and we need your help to do it. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, August 12 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Tasting Room
Which winery offers the best sipping experience? — Photo courtesy of iStock / Extreme Media
The quality of a tasting room can make or break a wine tasting. A comfortable, elegant tasting room with a knowledgeable staff can elevate the entire experience.
Best Wine Club
These wine clubs bring the best bottles to your door — Photo courtesy of iStock / Sahil Miyani
When you’re a wine club member, the wine comes to you. Wine subscriptions are an easy and convenient way to sample new wines, including varietals and vineyards you might not find at your local store.
Best Wine Country Hotel
Where would you stay for a wine country getaway? — Photo courtesy of iStock / phototropic
What’s better than a quick day trip into wine country for a tasting or two? A full-fledged wine country getaway! These 20 hotels, nominated by a panel of wine industry experts, provide a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of touring and tasting in wine regions around the country.
Best Wine Festival
Party like Dionysus at these wine festivals — Photo courtesy of iStock / DisobeyArt
There’s a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as quite the partier. Wine makes a good festival even better.
Best Wine Region
America has hundreds of wine regions, but these are the best — Photo courtesy of iStock / ARSimonds
While California undoubtedly produces excellent wine, it’s got stiff competition these days. The United States is, as of 2019, home to 244 American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs – grape-growing regions designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Best Winery Restaurant
Nothing pairs better with a good glass of wine than a plate of good food — Photo courtesy of iStock / Rawpixel
Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty plate of food. Many of America’s best wineries also operate some of the best restaurants, where chefs and sommeliers work together to create the perfect marriage of food and wine.
Best Winery Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at these wineries — Photo courtesy of iStock / nd3000
Whether you’re a newbie or connoisseur, there’s nothing like getting a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process (while tasting along the way) to hone your appreciation and your palate.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, August 23.