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Willamette Valley

Oregon’s wine scene is exploding. The majority of it is centered in the Willamette Valley, formerly the scene of bucolic farming communities. Unfortunately for some more demanding wine travelers, the region’s tourism industry has yet to catch up with the level of tourists the wine industry tends to attract. There are a few spots both to stay and to dine that are worthy wine country destinations, but the draw here is the wine. The selection is made up of brilliant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for the most part, with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc also making things attractive.

Willamette is also a scant hour or so from Portland, one of the most exciting cities in the U.S. Portland is home to an amazing selection of inventive restaurants, top notch accommodations, amazing neighborhoods full of galleries and shops worthy of exploration, an attractive riverfront, great mass transit and a stunning hiking path through the city’s backyard! In short, it has everything a destination city should have. There are even a few wineries in the city, if you want to make wine an adjunct to a “real” vacation.

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  • Snooth User: beemine1
    234911 50

    What about Charlottesville, VA and the surrounding counties? The landscape is beautiful and there are many hotels and B&Bs to stay in. People forget about Virginia wines, they are up and coming.

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

  • Snooth User: rosebrien
    79281 34

    I would also strongly recommend the Finger Lakes area of NY State. Much more diverse ladscape than you would expect, and a very strong food and wine culture centered around the hip college town of Ithaca,NY. A truly beautiful and accomodating vacation destination with great wine and food.

    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

  • Yes... Virginia wine country! Check out this article on Snooth ->

    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

  • Snooth User: OUBAL
    579721 2

    Robertson - Boland region of the western Cape, South Africa. Breath-taking hospitality and delicious wines at reasonable prices. Scenery similar to Napa

    Sep 25, 2012 at 12:04 AM

  • I would agree with Rosebrien above, the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is a wonderful trip!

    Sep 25, 2012 at 6:54 AM

  • Mendoza, Argentine. Beautiful landscapes, excelent food, and plenty of wine of course

    Sep 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    I must say that Toscana (Toscany) is my favorite, qne qf the world best places for traveling from the Sea shore to San Jimignano and then to Montepulcino or to Fireze. And the wine...

    Sep 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

  • Try the Texas Hill Country west of Austin. Fredericksburg, Texas has a great B&B infrastructure and over 30 wineries within easy driving distance

    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    The Texas advice is interesting and I will certaily try to use it next tume I will be in The USA.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

  • We loved the Colchagua Valley outside of Santiago, even in the rainy autumn weather--perfect for trying their exquisite reds!

    Sep 26, 2012 at 5:14 AM

  • The Texas Hill Country, and not just Fredericksburg area...don't miss the top of the hill country around Marble Falls and San Saba...the Sonoma of Texas.

    Sep 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

  • We just held an event at the Allison Inn & Spa in the Willamette Valley -- it's only three years old and was built with wine tourism in mind. Beautiful hotel with a first class restaurant with a chef who earned his stripes at the French Laundry. We also enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Joel Palmer House nearby. And of course, the winery visits were fantastic.

    Sep 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

  • Snooth User: Tiakittie
    1041141 89

    Don't Forget the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada! Gorgeous scenery, first rate vineyards and wineries and all the fresh BC fruit you can handle!!!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

  • Snooth User: Itzi Hache
    934967 22

    Rioja Alavesa, Basque Country Spain, wonderful wine, fantastic food, friendly people, just one hour from Bilbao

    Feb 05, 2013 at 7:54 AM

  • Snooth User: UriGillan
    226165 241

    I will be in Rioja tourig wineries next month with a few friends. We are going to be in Rioja and Ribera de Duero 8 days, and we have booked ourselvs at 18 winerries in tese two areas.

    Mar 03, 2013 at 2:54 PM

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