Wine Travel: Now Available Near You On A U.s. Wine Trail

If you enjoy wine tours and wine travel, you'll be pleased to know that there's a U.S. wine trail within a half day's drive of your home, just waiting for you to experience and enjoy. With over 6000 wineries now active in the United States, many of these wineries are clustered all across the country in small groups in grape growing areas. These groups of wineries are often designated as a wine trail, and are perfect for visiting as a weekend excursion.

Many states you wouldn't think of as wine producing states do in fact boast wineries that welcome you to taste and experience. Since wine growing is dependent on ideal grape growing conditions, you'll often find several wineries within easy driving distance from one another. From New England to the west coast and just about everywhere in between, you can experience some of America's finest award winning wines by touring a wine trail.

A wine trail is usually designated by a state's tourism commission, with signs and routes marked for easy navigation. Since wine making is both art and science, you'll experience different offerings and tastes at each winery. The spirit of entrepreneurship and passion for excellence is evident when you visit, and the experience of tasting new wine is an enjoyable experience to share with friends.

When most people think of wine, they think of traditional wine producing states like California. And while California wine is the best known of all U.S. varieties, other states are equally proud of their wineries. Over two dozen states have officially designated wine trails, and most of these states contain several groups of wineries, perfect for tasting and touring.

Visiting a wine trail is the very best way to experience regional wine specialties. Many locales produce wines according to the grapes and fruits most suited to their area, with palate pleasing results. Since wine shipping laws are still evolving (thankfully for the better), some wineries can't ship their wine to certain states. Even still, getting acquainted with wines from small independent wineries is akin to trying local food specialties ... it's fun, interesting, and educational.

Most wine trails are small and compact enough to allow reasonable drive times. Wineries are usually clustered within 15-20 minutes of one another. Also, you'll find many comfortable inns, bed and breakfasts, and local attractions along the wine trails. Most wineries are open year around, but of course it's best to call or check on the web.

The best quality to bring along on a wine trail excursion is an open mind. As there are thousands of grape varieties being grown, there are equally as many wines. Leave any preconceptions about wine at home, and relish the chance to try new things. The experience of trying new wines from a new region is not only educational, but liberating and fun!

Another positive aspect of a wine trail visit is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. Relax, unwind, and savor the wine. Add an overnight stay and sample local restaurants. Give yourself ample time and you'll find the experience more leisurely and enjoyable.

Exploring a U.S. wine trail is a highly enjoyable weekend getaway, one you'll want to duplicate again and again. With so many small boutique wineries, you'll appreciate the chance to allow your palate and tastes to blossom. Best of all, no matter where home is, chances are there's a wine trail within a half day's drive. No matter the season, small friendly wineries are waiting for your visit, ready to share their handcrafted wines with pride.

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About The Author, Jimhofman
Jim Hofman is an author specializing in wine and beer, and has developed several websites devoted to wine enjoyment. Jim and his wife produce a free online newsletter, dedicated to exploring U.S. wine trails and the joy of wine travel.