St. Patrick's day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March and cities all over the US too celebrate with parades and festivities. However, if you are planning to have a quiet time, we have listed the country’s top wine regions where you can relax and unwind on the day.
California: California boasts of endless rows of vines that generate amazingly diverse wine tasting experience. It is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world and about 90 percent of all wine in the United States is made here. So, it’s the perfect place for experienced and novice drinkers to taste and learn about wine.
Sample the flavors at the two world-famous wine regions of the Golden State: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, both about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. Follow Silverado Trail, the ultimate Napa Valley wine route, which is a rural, scenic route dotted with stellar wineries. Top wines include pinot noir, chardonnay, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.
Virginia: Virginia is for lovers of wine and is home to more than 300 wineries, and dozens of wine trails surrounded by lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites. Northern Virginia is next door to the United States’ capital, Washington, D.C. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac River, Loudoun County, features more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms on rolling hills and cliff-edged slopes. Notable wineries here include Breaux Vineyards, Chrysalis Vineyards, Stone Tower Winery, and Greenhill Winery and Vineyards.
Oregon: The premier wine region within Oregon is the Willamette Valley, which has gained a worldwide reputation for its stellar Pinot Noir wines. Take your time in Oregon’s largest wine region as it’s a place you’ll want to explore. Here you'll find lush vineyards and farms, tended by families who are passionate about growing the best wine grapes and freshest foods. Sit back and savor a glass of the world-renowned pinot noir and mouth-watering meals prepared from locally grown ingredients.
Apart from these well-known destinations, there are other regions in the United States that are just as ripe for the sipping and definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list!
Michigan: Michigan’s Traverse City is a major wine and craft beer destination. The region's wineries have gained an international reputation for the clean, elegant taste and bouquet of their wines. Many people love to visit the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula to sample the award-winning wines.
Colorado: Grand Junction is Colorado's wine country with more than 20 wineries and year-round tasting rooms open to the public. The wineries produce a myriad of wines, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. You’ll also find lavender, honey and fruit wines, hard ciders, and even a late harvest ice wine. Beyond wine country, Grand Junction is an outdoor paradise within the famous Grand Circle of southwestern USA. Don’t overlook the Colorado National Monument, which is also part of the National Parks System.