10 Wineries Where You Can Stay and Learn
Whether you're an aspiring vintner or would just like to learn a little more about how the magic gets in the bottle, here are grapes-to-glass wineries where you can stay, tour and toast with your host.
Abeja Winery; Walla Walla, WashingtonLocated on 35-acres of farmland, Abeja Winery has turned former farm buildings into seven private, well-appointed farm-chic guesthouses. Guests may tour the three vineyards that grow, primarily Viognier and Syrah grapes, and learn about Abeja’s pruning and growing techniques. 960 1280
Youngberg Hill; McMinnville, Oregon
The nine-guestroom Youngberg Hill bed & breakfast overlooks 20 acres of vineyards of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay that are grown organically and without irrigation, using only rainfall. Guests are welcome to tour the vineyard and ask about Youngberg Hill’s methods, and pitch in to help with the fall harvest. Stylish rooms include a gourmet breakfast, and most have views of the vineyard.
Comstock Wines; Healdsburg, CaliforniaChoose from one of four contemporary rooms at Comstock Wines, each featuring a fireplace, private entrance, wrap-around porch, spa bathrooms and a shared fully appointed chef’s kitchen and media room perfect for larger groups. The 17-acre estate winery offers yoga and wine tastings, and the Winery Tour and Taste takes guests out into the vineyards to learn about the history of Comstock and its winemaking philosophy and techniques, as well as its sustainable farming practices. 960 1280
Gervasi Vineyard; Canton, OhioThis 55-acre Tuscan-inspired winery and vineyard has 24 suites with fireplaces and a four-bedroom farmhouse with a complete kitchen for larger parties. Take a culinary or wine class through the on-site Cucina Culinary and Wine Education Center, and learn the finer points of growing wine grapes on a winery tour. Enjoy dinner at The Bistro, Piazza Outdoor Patio or Crush House Wine Bar and Eatery, and further relax with an in-room massage treatment. 960 1280
Biltmore Winery; Ashville, North CarolinaBiltmore Winery is part of the Vanderbilt-built chateau that boasts 150 acres of vineyards and produces 150,000 cases of wine yearly. Guest may choose from the Village Hotel or the luxury The Inn or the Cottage, with rates starting at $189. Several wine-related classes and tours are offered, ranging from wine tastings to the Winery Production Tour, where enthusiasts go behind the scenes of the winery to learn the science and logistics of the estate’s wine label production. The Vine to Wine Tour visits the vineyards to discuss grape production. The West Range Tour takes guests via motor coach to the Biltmore’s west side to learn about its forestry, farming and sustainability programs. 960 1280
Madison Vineyard Estate Winery; Madison, IndianaOpened in 2005, with the vineyard dating to 1995, Madison Vineyard Estate Winery has four guestrooms in the winery with private baths that overlook the vineyard, plus two cottages for families and larger groups. Eleven varieties of grapes are grown on site, and guests may request a tour of the vineyard and winery operation. Special event packages are offered throughout the year. 960 1280
Estrella del Norte; Santa Fe, New Mexico
At Estrella del Norte, choose to stay in one of four Southwest-style casitas just north of Santa Fe surrounded by one of three vineyards. Lend a hand in the vineyard and take a wine class to learn about the history of winemaking in New Mexico, which arrived with the Spanish in the 1500s. Special events are planned year-round, including the fall harvest and Harvest Dinner. Make sure to take home a bottle of the popular Holy Molly, a red wine infused with red chile and chocolate.