Who knew that there was a winery on Kodiak island, Alaska. It's quite isolated, but worth the trip because it's idyllic and beautiful. They offer samples of all their wines, made from forest fruits found on the island, like raspberry, blueberry and currant. It's on the beach in Rosalyn, where after a couple of glasses of wine, you can enjoy a lovely walk along the beach.
Touring the Napa Valley, we stopped at this winery that, like many others in Napa Valley, offers tastings and, best of all, a nice place to buy a variety of wines at reasonable prices and a section where to buy delicacies: cheese and sausage of all types (domestic and foreign), many types of sauces, oils, vinegars, breads, cookies, etc ... All this is available to sample (in disposable dishes) in one of the rustic tables that are in the garden in the shade of one of the trees.
This is a great winery focused on the European public and endowed with a beautiful facility. No reservations are necessary, but the tasting room is exceptional and the staff is very friendly. Unlike other wineries, you can try their grapes. It's an incredible experience to learn how different the usual table grapes are from wine grapes.
We decided to go to this winery because it seemed the best in the area. But in fact there are thousands of wineries in the area which are certainly much better than this. We went on a Saturday (I don't recommend the weekend cause of the traffic), we paid for the winery tour in advance ( $42). It is probably best not to as when you get to the hotel they have various offers and promotions in the city. In our hotel we found a page with a 50% discount for the tour we'd paid for. All wineries have tours at all times, there are a dozen guides who are responsible for conducting the tours, so you'll always find a place. There were many people in the place, but everything is very well organised. The guide thought he was the Brad Pitt of the Napa Valley and made constant jokes. We sped from place to place so we hardly had any time to take photos. The place is set in an old castle (built 14 years ago). At no time during the tour did we see vine plantations. The cupping was included in the tour. We tried about 6 wines. Then we moved to an area of "marketing" where they sell all kinds of useless tat. They offer wine tasting for $17. Perhaps without the winery tour it would have been more interesting to visit. The wines did not seem bad. Nice place, noticeable but I felt a little let down in terms of "a visit to a winery." Another negative thing: They do not offer tours in other languages. If you are interested in taking pictures of the castle you can go to the site, take pictures and visit the castle on the outside without having to pay.
One hour from Las Vegas Strip is Pahrum Valley Winery, a winery with a restaurant, called Symphony, we didn't east there because it was overpriced. However, the visit to the winery is a delight, beginning with the gardens and ending with wonderful desert views. The staff are friendly and very informative and the wine tasting is free unlike other wineries, where for a few sips cost between five and ten dollars. The wines sold there, aren't spectacular, but are reasonable priced to buy a memory ...
In Napa Valley it's essential to make at least one visit to a winery. The one we chose was this, for the sparkling wine ... you know. We were not disappointed. A well maintained building with beautiful gardens and an indoor area large enough for tasting and very atmospheric. The prices of both the tasting and the products that are for sale, are reasonable. What I like are the outdoor table that are in a lovely setting.
Andretti Winery is in the heart of Italian Napa Valley. As it's off the beaten tourist track and is not as big as others in the area, it's not a very busy place. The grounds are beautiful, but the wines tasted and sold aren't anything special.
Connecticut is home to many beautiful wineries, but for a wine-tasting spot with jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery, you can’t beat Hopkins Vineyard on Lake Waramaug in New Preston.
Approaching the vineyard in the picture-perfect Litchfield Hills, you pass the lake, sparkling blue and ringed with summer cottages and a state park. Then you arrive at the vineyard, a rustic red barn atop a hill where you can taste the whites, reds, and sparkling wines made from 11 varieties of grape. Wines, accessories, and gourmet foods can be purchased in the gift shop. Visitors are free to wander and picnic in the vineyard, and guided tours explaining the wine-making process are also available.
A bit of Connecticut history is included in the experience as well: the Hopkins family, descended from a passenger on the Mayflower, have owned and farmed this land since 1787.
Arrive at Morgan Creek Vineyards before 6 PM on a Friday or Saturday night for a complimentary wine tasting. Decide which wine you like best and purchase a bottle from the shop, where you can also place orders for delicious goodies out of their wood burning oven. Once you've placed your order, grab the best seat in the house- the swing for two handing on the oak tree, which overlooks Morgan Creek. If that's taken, enjoy one of the tables by the bonfire pit, you'll be perfectly seated for some warmth from the fire and still able to hear the live piano or jazz music being offered that night.
Order a personal sized margarita pizza or get adventurous and try the sauerkraut pizza! As an appetizer order their baked brie with pepperoncini peppers and roasted garlic. If you come for brunch on Sunday mornings you can order a breakfast pizza complete with prosciutto and egg.
Best nights to visit are Friday and Saturdays during the summer and fall, as there is always live music playing. Also open on Thursday evenings and Sundays for brunch. Go earlier in the day for a tour of the winery as well.
Surprisingly to many, Connecticut has a flourishing wine industry and even has collected vineyards to create the Connecticut Wine Trail. One of the vineyards along this wine trail happens to be Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Located in Stonington. The vineyard is open to the public most days of the week and offers wine tastings of four wines for 10 USD. If you already have a favorite wine from Saltwater Farm you can purchase a bottle and enjoy their grounds and outdoor tables. Saltwater Farms does not serve food, but does allow you to bring your own food to enjoy with your bottle of wine. They also frequently have outdoor entertainment, so check their website!
A winery for wine tasting. From Geneva, on Seneca Lake, to below, on both sides there are dozens. Recommended for those who saw 'Sideways' and dreamed of doing something similar. It has nothing like Spanish wineries. They are old houses, surrounded by vineyards, parks, etc., and of course, a gift shop , that's why we in the United States. This in particular is one of the best known. Tasting the wine is very cheap: $2 for 7 tastings. Another thing is the souvenirs and bottles, but they are within reach of many. Even if you do not like wine, like me, it is worth stopping.