10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails

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Because it's not all Napa Valley and Champagne.

Northern California

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Trail: Anderson Valley

Number of Wineries: 25

Distance: 10 miles

Description: Anderson Valley, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has morphed into one of the best, if lesser-known, grape-growing areas in California. Thanks to the different soils, elevation, and combination of cool, foggy coastal climate, paired with warm, sunny days, grapes mature slowly and develop to the height of their character. Expect vines teeming with white Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Noir grapes. Each of the wineries/tasting rooms—many of which are small, friendly, and family-owned—has entrances along Highway128, and the 10-mile trail is easy to complete in one day.

Where to Sip: Try a Pinot Noir at Goldeneye, a modern Mendocino County winery surrounded by gardens and redwoods.

Where to Stay: Boonville Hotel is a modern roadhouse where each of the 10 colorful rooms features hillside views.

10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails

Northern California

Trail: Anderson Valley

Number of Wineries: 25

Distance: 10 miles

Description: Anderson Valley, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has morphed into one of the best, if lesser-known, grape-growing areas in California. Thanks to the different soils, elevation, and combination of cool, foggy coastal climate, paired with warm, sunny days, grapes mature slowly and develop to the height of their character. Expect vines teeming with white Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Noir grapes. Each of the wineries/tasting rooms—many of which are small, friendly, and family-owned—has entrances along Highway128, and the 10-mile trail is easy to complete in one day.

Where to Sip: Try a Pinot Noir at Goldeneye, a modern Mendocino County winery surrounded by gardens and redwoods.

Where to Stay: Boonville Hotel is a modern roadhouse where each of the 10 colorful rooms features hillside views.

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