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As summertime approaches, you may be thinking about fun vacation ideas.  Whether you’re thinking about a solo trip, a group gathering, or a romantic couples getaway, one thing is certain: a trip to a wine region could be perfect for any of these occasions.  Aside from tasting some of the most delicious wines, you’ll experience delicious food, interesting and often historic tours, and gorgeous scenery perfect for any summer day. Here are a few of the greatest wine destinations you might want to consider visiting this summer!

Charlottesville, VA

Famous for the Monticello Wine Trail, the historic home to about 30 different wineries, Charlottesville is a perfect destination to kick off our list.  The trail is part of the land that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, who played a major role in the development of the now well-established wine country here.  If you’re looking for a ton of history, delicious wines, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can plan your trip around visiting most of the entire trail.  Additionally, the city of Charlottesville itself has fantastic entertainment, shopping, and food options that you can easily work into your trip!

Finger Lakes, NY

A destination also packed with tons of history, is New York’s Finger Lakes region, which is home to wineries that date back to the 1850s.  This area is home to over 100 wineries and is famous for making some of the most delicious Riesling you can find; this is often dedicated to a similar climate to that of Germany’s Rhine region.  The Finger Lakes region is made up of 11 different lakes; however, only three are really focused on wine production. The entire region is great for scenery, and has tons of up-and-coming restaurants that you won’t want to miss!

Nappa Valley, CA

Nappa Valley is one of the more “well-known” destinations on our list.  When you hear “Nappa Valley” it wouldn’t be uncommon to immediately think of a popular wine destination, and, rightfully so.  Nappa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries throughout the region, and a long list of famous restaurants and food spots to go with them.  This destination, known for its wine country, is likely to be a bit more populated than others with tourists looking for the same experience you are; however, it’s worth the experience, especially for avid wine connoisseur’s.   

Texas Hill Country, TX

If you’re looking for a place known for its food and wine festivals, Texas Hill Country is the place to be! This region has a reputation for growing a wide variety of grapes from Merlot and Cabernet to Chardonnay, and many others in between.  It’s been named on Top Wine Travel Destination lists from multiple sources, and is definitely a place you don’t want to miss out on!