The Wineries You Should Visit
From California to Florida (yes, Florida!) wineries abound across our great country. From sprawling castles to tropical paradises, wineries come in every size and shape. Here are a few suggestions of beautiful and unique wineries we think you should plan to visit soon.
- Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California. This 121,000-square foot, Tuscan-style castle nestled in the California hills outside Calistoga took 14 years to construct. Using almost one million handmade bricks, leaded glass and handcrafted ironworks culled from former palaces, this Napa Valley winery has been called the “most authentic castle”. Family owned, this winery is also family friendly, offering a variety of wine tastings and tours including a food and wine pairing tour, grape juice tastings for the little ones, plenty of room to explore, and general admission with no reservations required.
- Quixote Winery, Napa, California. If you’re looking for a winery with a one of a kind design, this is the one. With no straight lines, grass and tree covered rooftops and gleaming gold leaf onion-domed buildings, this quirky and colorful estate is unlike any other winery in the Napa Valley. Designed by the world-famous artist from Austria, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this unique winery always makes an impression.
- Post Familie Winery, Altus, Arkansas. If you’re headed south, be sure to stop in Altus, Arkansas, home of several wineries. Post Winery is the largest, and was the first commercial vineyard in the area. Established in 1880, five generations of the Post family have cultivated wines at this location. Founder Jacob Post arrived in America in 1872, first selling wines to Iron Mountain Railroad passengers passing through the small town of Altus, a refueling stop for the railroad at the time. Visit the tasting room of this winery in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and meet the friendly staff who will help you select wines.
- Tilford Winery, Kathleen, Georgia. When you’re in Georgia, be sure to stop by Tilford Winery, the only Muscadine winery in the Southeastern region to make dry, sweet and semi-sweet organic wines. Launched in 2001, this southern winery produces several varieties of red, white, and pink wines ranging from light- to full-bodied sweet and dry wines. The staff at Tilford Winery know that choosing the appropriate wine for every occasion is crucial to wine lovers, and they are happy to assist you in choosing the right wine.
- Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Miami, Florida. Wineries in Florida? Yes! This Sunshine State winery has tiki huts, natural coral waterfalls, and a beautiful Grand Tasting Room. For under $12 per person you can sample your choice of five unique wines made from local, exotic fruits, and snag yourself a souvenir Schnebly’s wine glass which can be refilled for 50% off when you return for subsequent taste tours. Weekend tours are just $7 per person, and include a step-by-step explanation of both wine and beer making processes, and a tour of the Miami Brewing Company brewery onsite. If you’re hungry, visit the Redlander Restaurant, with a menu that offers farm to table cuisine that focuses on local ingredients and fresh flavors.
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