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Why Visit United States of America?

The USA may not immediately spring to mind when considering a wine tasting holiday. However, the last decade has seen a staggering increase in the number of wineries across the country and wine is now produced in some format (with varying degrees of quality) in each of the fifty states – even in Alaska and Hawaii! Take a wine tasting holiday to the USA and discover this exciting and innovative wine producing country first-hand.   

There are five American states where the wine industry plays a significant role: California, Oregon and Washington in the west; New York and Virginia to the east. The best-known and most popular region for a wine tasting holiday is California, particularly the regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma. The ‘Sunshine State’ produces around 90% of the country’s wine and is home to over 120 American Viticultural Areas (the USA’s equivalent to a controlled appellation system). 

There’s more to American cuisine than fast food! Every pocket of this vast country boasts its own unique flavours and speciality dishes, influenced by a melting pot of resident nationalities and bountiful local produce. Follow the oyster trail in Virginia or search the Californian coast for the perfect fish taco; snack from food trucks in Portland, Oregon; enjoy farm-to-table fare in Napa and Michelin-starred dining in New York. The best way to experience authentic local cuisine is on a privately guided or small group food tasting tour.  

When you’re not sipping Chardonnay in Napa Valley or Pinot Noir in Oregon there is a vast array of experiences to keep you busy. Soak up southern California’s relaxed beach vibe or the nightlife in cosmopolitan San Francisco; take a hike in Yosemite National Park or a road trip along the iconic Route 66; learn about Virginia’s colonial heritage or the secrets behind brewing beer in Portland. Speak to the Winerist team about creating a bespoke holiday to the USA. 

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