Wine in Your Own Backyard

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When you think of “wine country,” do you feel like you’ve got to save up a week of hard-earned vacation time then head out west to Napa or Sonoma and spend that sweet moolah you made with Uncle Rico? Think again.

Wine is made in all 50 states and some very good wine at that. You can easily plan a wine country vacation if you know where to go and what to look for. On the east coast, New York is considered one of the “Big 4” wine states in the U.S. and I hear the Finger Lakes and Long Island regions are quite stunning. However, we visited wineries in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia and were very impressed with the quality of wines we’ve discovered as well the overall wine country experience in each. Every visit we stayed at a nice country inn or B&B, like the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, to really complete the experience. It’s also important to note that many wines in these states are also starting to win awards over their California counterparts.

So, what are you waiting for? The wine country is calling for you in your own state or even next door. After all, California wine wasn’t put on the map until the Judgment of Paris in 1976, so who knows, maybe the next Napa will be discovered right in your own backyard. For more on wine in these states and others, visit

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