When people think of wine country in the U.S., they think of Napa or Sonoma Valley, and for good reason. Approximately 90 percent of wine produced in the U.S. comes from California. But the remaining 10 percent should not be discounted, and may be closer to your home state than you think.
1. Finger Lakes, New York
There are few places more scenic than rural New York, known for its cliffs, gorges and stunning hiking trails. Finger Lakes Wine Country (pictured at top) is no exception, featuring three main trails and over 50 participating wineries and distilleries. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the oldest in the U.S., established in 1983. It’s also heavily awarded, boasting six Governor’s Cup trophies. Festivals and pairing events are held year-round, with themes including chocolate, cheese, harvest and holiday.