wineries

More than 80% of the wine made in the U.S. is made in California. It’s the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, thanks to the optimal grape growing climate. For visitors, this means plenty of beautiful wine regions to visit where you can try the wine and enjoy the beautiful setting.

POPULAR wine regions

SANTA BARBARA / SANTA YNEZ

The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is located outside of Santa Barbara and contains the largest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County. It’s known primarily for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

Napa Valley

NAPA VALLEY

Along the Silverado Trail in Napa, you’ll discover world-famous vineyards, huge tasting rooms, and lovely hotels. Napa Valley is the world’s most densely concentrated winery district.

wine tasting in paso robles

PASO ROBLES

Located in Central California, Paso Robles is the largest AVA in California, with 26k acres of vineyards and over 200 wineries. Paso Robles has steadily became recognized as a world-class wine-growing area.

LIVERMORE VALLEY

This is one of the state’s oldest wine-growing regions and the historic center of California Chardonnay. Visit around 40 wineries by driving or biking country roads.

5 WINERIES TO VISIT IN CALIFORNIA

  1. Raymond Vineyard –Visitors at Raymond Vineyards can become “Winemakers for a Day” and learn the art of winemaking while mixing their own red wine from Napa’s prestigious appellations.
  2. Stag’s Leap – If you’ve watched Bottle Shock, you know that Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition in the 1976 Judgment of Paris. The winery was founded in 1970, and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.
  3. Rodney Strong – Rodney Strong, in Sonoma, makes some of the finest wine in the Alexander and Russian River valleys. You’ll also get to try some reserve wines that you won’t be able to get anywhere else, and they’re all very nice.
  4. Edna Valley Vineyard – Edna Valley, located in San Luis Obispo, is committed to creating world-class Chardonnays in the tradition of the first vines planted in the area back in the 1800s. They’ve been perfecting the wine since 1980.
  5. Turley Wine Cellars – Started in 1993 by Larry Turley, one of the original Frog’s Leap founders, this winery in Paso Robles concentrates mostly on Zinfandel and Petite Syrah from old vine vineyards, some of which date back to the late 1800s.