United States of America
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.
WINE TASTING HOLIDAYS IN THE USA
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).
FOOD TASTING EXPERIENCES IN THE USA
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.
OTHER REASONS TO VISIT THE USA
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.