Though we could never choose the ultimate winery in the country, nor single out the absolute best of what every state has to offer, we’ve selected a favorite for all 50 of them as told by travel groups from around the nation!
Alabama: Ozan Winery
Organize your group tour mates for lunch overlooking the vineyards then head out for an open-air train ride! Alabama distributes a variety of exquisite wines made from native fruits, but Ozan’s specialty wines include curious things like Exotic Desert Cactus Fruit and Chilton County Peaches!
Alaska: Bear Creek Winery
Grown, picked and processed just for you! Choose Alaska by Kachemak Bay for luxurious lodging and taste award winning vino! Learn which wines pair with halibut, gumbo, sautéed mushrooms and more! You won’t be disappointed with wine selections like Chocolate, Shirazzberry, Gooseberry and so on!
Arizona: Page Spring Cellars
The only thing better than the wine at Page Springs is the variety of massage and yoga packages! Settle into the tasting room for stone fired pizza, warm baked brie, vanilla caramels and so much more. Shop for local artwork, watch for eagles alongside Oak Creek, or reach for your favorite members only bottle.
Arkansas: Chateau Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery
Looking to start your own vineyard at home? Why not purchase a bundle of vines direct from a winery holding awards from regional, national and international competitions! The tasting room here sits atop St. Mary’s Mountain where the Arkansas River Valley views shine as much as the vintage wines!
California: Rodney Strong Vineyards
This Sonoma County establishment offers tours of their 12 estate vineyards and artisan cellar, or allows groups to entertain their curiosities at will on a self guided tour. Plan to attend with an appetite, as the menu boasts divine dishes such as Dungeness crab-stuffed avocado, Zinfandel-glazed beef short ribs and more!
Colorado: Carlson Vineyards
This quaint farm winery has been producing sun-ripened fruits for their delicious concoctions for over 75 years. Watch for yourselves how the grapes reach fermentation and perfect clarity. Don’t miss out on the cherry chocolate wine experience where your taste buds will never be the same!
Connecticut: Hopkins Vineyard
Tour groups here are encouraged to relax at the wine bar in the winery’s hayloft! See something you like? Pick up unique specialty items in the gift shop or skip right to the vineyard walk and cellar tour! What once was a dairy farm has happily converted into the spectacular thriving addiction industry it is today!
Delaware: Nassau Valley Vineyards
The sole award winning winery in Delaware as well as the very first! Aside from the usual equipment tour, Nassau steps it up a notch with a meet-the-artist reception in their gallery space, seminars, specialty tastings and especially their incredible museum dedicated to 8,000 years of wine making!
Florida: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Since it opened in 1989, this 127 acre estate has earned itself the title of “Florida’s largest premium winery” and even hosts festivals that draw crowds from states away! Tours and tastings are offered seven days a week to suit even the worst procrastinators and late risers!
Georgia: Wolf Mountain Vineyards
With gourmet dining and a wine tasting experience complete with a veranda overlooking the mountains of Dahlonega, who could turn down this intimate gem less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta? With well over 100 awards under their belt, your group deserves a taste of Wolf Mountain.
Hawaii: Volcano Winery
364 days a year your bunch of travel enthusiasts are welcome to a taste of the Big Island! The wines distributed here are only marketed on the Hawaiian Islands, but you may arrange to have a yummy package shipped back to your doorstep on the mainland.
Idaho: Ste. Chapelle Winery
For a glass of Idaho tradition, arrange a trip to this world-class winery! The tasting room holds the ambience of a 13th century Parisian court chapel, and overlooks a cascading display of orchards and farmland. Marvel at the picturesque acreage of Sunny Slope and the Snake River below it.
Illinois: Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
Galena is home to more than 40 varieties of wine and produces 60,000 gallons every year! Enjoy their favorite family recipes made with their own wines including things like classic cheese fondue, chicken piccata, gruyere scallops, onion soup grantinee and so on!
Indiana: Oliver Winery
Indiana’s oldest and largest winery welcomes group visitors to this enthusiastic wine bar, vineyard and flourishing facilities! Oliver Winery began as a basement hobby back in the 1960s, and today they host a variety of festivals, clubs and live entertainment events as well!
Iowa: Stone Cliff Winery
A family owned and operated winery just north of Dubuque takes visitors beyond the taste and to the roots. Enjoy majestic views of the Mississippi River and historic train bridge that inspired the flavors like appleberry and strawberry rhubarb. Don’t pass up their murder mystery dinner theater!
Kansas: Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery
The rich Kansas soil presents you with a bountiful collection of prize-winning wines! Winter at Holy-Field awards you with wine filled chocolates, while the warmer seasons welcome guests to live bands. Plan for Oktoberfest if you can make it there in the fall!
Kentucky: Elk Creek Vineyards
Massage services, lodging, entertainment, lunch at the café and red or white wines give your group all the more reason to see no more than the Elk Creek property if your time in Kentucky is limited! Enjoy a glass beside the live band, browse the art gallery, or pick your favorite souvenir from the gift shop.
Louisiana: Pontchartrain Vineyards
The purpose behind this establishment is to produce wines that compliment not only Southeastern Louisiana culture, but cuisine. Home of Jazz’n the Vines performances, this is your opportunity to mingle with local talent and taste a bottle of Roux St. Lois or Zydeco Rosato.
Maine: Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery
The farm where this cozy vineyard calls home also raises pork, poultry, cattle and 15 acres of blueberries! Pick up a package of their naturally raised meat products or any of their varieties of Maine grown grape wines. Celebrate with your group at Savage Oakes’ summer concert series!
Maryland: Boordy Vineyards Inc.
Visiting 19th Century style Boordy is like reconnecting with an old friend. Settle into their charming countryside farmland, inhale the crisp air of the winecellar, or join the owners in a conversation about life and dreams on the outdoor patio. Don’t skip the tour of their winemaking and crop management process.
Massachusetts: Nashoba Valley Winery
Ready to pick your own peaches or apples? We recommend doing so before your discovery of the brewery and winery! Reserve seating in the farmhouse turned restaurant or take your meal picnic style! Wine tasting and appetizer parties are always welcome for those who want to try before they buy!
Michigan: Fenn Valley Vineyards
Follow the signage from I-196 to Fenn Valley, home of “The lake effect everyone loves!” Close, but not too close to Lake Michigan, the fruits of the valley are in perfect middle ground where they are offered protection from harsh winter temperatures and scorching summer months.
Minnesota: Carlos Creek Winery
Seasonal events at Carlos Creek cover everything from grape stomping, dress trashing and logging shows to cheese curd tasting, pottery and chainsaw art. Group tastings are the perfect time to introduce your palates to specialty and dessert wines native to Minnesota!
Mississippi: Old South Winery
Stemming from humble beginnings of picking muscadines in the woods of Natchez, Old South was later founded in 1979. Tradition and family have shaped the winery into the well-oiled establishment that it is today. They’ll even direct your group to nearby vineyards where you can pick your own berries!
Missouri: Stone Hill Winery
Located in the rolling hills of Hermann “the German town”, winery events such as Kristkindl and Wurstfest follow cultural suit! One of the top tourist attractions in the state, Stone Hill boasts the title of “Best Missouri Winery” by Rural Missouri Magazine readers!
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