Winery Tour Road Trips
To be commercially successful, vineyards need space, certain soil conditions and ample sunshine; factors that tend to coalesce in beautiful, pastoral places. That brings broad appeal to road trips centered on winery tours: Even if you’re not an oenophile or a wine hobbyist, you can still find something to savor about rolling through sun-christened hills and valleys dominated by huge fields of sweet-smelling fruit.
The pit stops should leave you in a pleasant mood and, unless you decide to pull a Paul Giamotti move from the movie Sideways, you’ll find the people you meet along the way to be generally nice folks.
Here’s our short list of winery road trips to get you started.
Anderson Valley, California
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Travel writer John Briley always prefers to gather his wine knowledge on location.