Napa and Sonoma get all the wine love in the United States and while much of it that is deserved, vacationing in one of those regions can feel a little been there, done that. Whether you’re an oenophile with a love of knowing what’s hot before it becomes a trend or just someone who wants to spend a leisurely weekend tasting wine and enjoying a beautiful, quiet setting, these three undiscovered wine regions will meet the task.
Don’t forget to pack the bottle opener.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Tucked away in the picturesque countryside of Pennsylvania are nine world-class wineries located just minutes apart. Off the trail, visitors can have dinner at Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm—recently ranked among the most romantic restaurants in the U.S.—and this spring, a number of events and special wine tastings that include Strawberry Festivals, artisan wares showcases, and live music offer plenty of opportunities to plan a weekend escape.
Newport County, Rhode Island
Known for its mansions from the gilded age, Newport wineries are coming into their own. Within a 45-minute drive of downtown Newport are the Greenvale and Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards, with wine similar to what you would find in France’s Loire Valley, Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, which is one of the best sparkling wine producers in the U.S., and Newport Vineyards, which is known for its pinot noir and chardonnay. Fall in love with your favorite Newport wines this spring and plan a trip back in September for its Wine & Food Festival held among the historic mansions.
Verde Valley, Arizona
Desert climate isn’t what one normally thinks when he or she thinks wine, but Verde Valley Arizona is proving that a dry climate can produce delicious wines. About 25 minutes from Sedona, the Verde Valley is home to about five wineries, including Burning Tree Cellars, Page Spring Cellars, and Alcantara Vineyards, all producing wines with an intense flavor—think viognier, mourvedre, merlot, and chenin blanc. The wine trail winds through the red rock canyons for a desert retreat you’ll never want to leave.
This spring, pack the bottle opener and head to Bucks County, Newport County, or the Verde Valley and discover some delicious wines in beautiful settings.