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10 off-the-beaten-path wine destinations
has rounded up this list of 10 off-the-beaten-path wine destinations.
1. Hill Country, TX
The Texas Wine Trail boasts more than 30 wineries.
2. Bloomington, IN
Local winery Creekbend uses hybrid vines that can withstand hot Midwestern summers and cold winters. They offer daily tastings, weekend production tours, and tours by appointment.
3. Truro, MA
This Cape Cod hamlet is the home to Truro Vineyards, a family-run operiation growing Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Merlot grapes on a five-acre property.
4. Botetourt County, VA
This county in the Blue Ridge Mountain region boasts thre family-run wineries, Fincastle Vineyard and Winery, Blue Ridge Vineyard, and Virginia Mountain Vineyards.
5. North Fork, Long Island, NY
It may not be the Hamptons, but the North Fork has its own charms: namely, the almost 30 wineries scattered about. Try Shinn Estate, where sustainablitiy is the name of the game.
6. Arkansas River Valley, AR
Wine has been flowing out of the valley since the 1880s. Wiederkehr Wine Cellars even has a in its original 1880 cellar.
7. Cleveland, OH
The farmland around the city of Cleveland is able to grow European classics like the cabernet franc and pinot noir grapes because of the long, dry fall weather, which gives grapes time to fully ripen.
8. Yakima Valley, WA
Almost half of the wine produced in the state of Washington begins with Yakima grapes! The Yakima Valley Association of Growers and Wineries can help you set up a tour of several vineyards for your group.
9. Traverse City, MI
This Northern Michigan wine region is becoming known for its pinot blancs. Nearby Leelenau Penninsula is home to more than 20 wineries.
10. Brandywine Valley, PA
The 50-mile Brandywine Valley Wine Trail comprises eight wineries -- and is only about a 30 minute drive from Philadelphia.
(Photo courtesy of Texas Hill Country Wineries)