TripAdvisor Uncorks America's Top 10 Winery Tours
Best Places to Sample and Explore Fine Wine Identified by Community of
NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 2, 2013
NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor^®, the world's largest
travel site*, today announced the top 10 winery tours in the United States,
based on the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travelers. Each of these
outstanding tours offer the opportunity for wine aficionados and novice
tasters alike to enjoy sensational sips while learning the vine-to-wine story
behind delicious vintages.
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"According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, nearly one-third of U.S.
respondents are planning a vineyard visit this fall, and we want to highlight
10 palate-pleasing tours as travelers make their plans," said Brooke
Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.
Top 10 Winery Tours in the U.S.:
1. Pride Mountain Vineyards, St. Helena, California
Two-thousand feet above the Napa Valley floor, guests of this 235-acre estate
will enjoy exquisite views of Mount St. Helena while touring sun-soaked
vineyards. After visiting the production facility, the 90-minute experience
concludes in the 23,000 square-foot cave where each barrel is aged to
perfection. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, "Our tour was informative,
relaxed, and fun!" Tours operate six days a week with a $15 fee; advance
2. Hendry Ranch Wines, Napa, California
Since 1939, the Hendry family has harvested the hills of this 114-acre ranch
located10 miles northwest of Napa. The winery welcomes travelers with a two
and a half hour tour led by owner George Hendry, who gives an in-depth lesson
into the art and science behind the bottle. "Hendry Vineyards was a
fantastically informative experience," commented a TripAdvisor traveler. Tours
operate daily with a $40 fee; advance reservations required.
3. Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic, New York
On the North Fork of Long Island, aspiring viticulturists visiting this
vineyard will be treated to an intimate tour. Travelers will learn the unique
growing conditions of Long Island grapes before sampling the aromatic
beverages including merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. A TripAdvisor
traveler said, "I learned more on this tour than in any other I have taken."
Tours are offered Saturday and Sunday with a $25 fee; advance reservations
4. Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, California
In the heart of Napa Valley, this organic winery makes use of Earth's bounty,
producing nearly 60,000 cases each year. During a 90-minute tour, guests will
sip four different varietals while enjoying a leisurely stroll through rows of
succulent grapes, lush gardens, and the historic Red Barn production facility.
One TripAdvisor traveler commented, "This was a fantastic tour learning about
the history of the winery and their sustainable practices." Tours are offered
Monday – Friday with a $20 fee; advance reservations required.
5. O'Brien Estate Winery, Napa, California
The romance of Wine Country is alive at this 40-acre estate where guests will
sip wines labeled with amorous poetry while hot air balloons drift over the
distant hills. During the hour-long tour, travelers will be led through the
winemaking process, starting beside the leafy vines and concluding in the
French oak barrel storage room. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, "I've never had
so much fun on a winery tour before." Tours are offered daily with a $20 fee;
advance reservations required.
6. Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg, California
In the hills of Alexander Valley, visitors can enjoy a 90-minute tour of this
magnificent estate while savoring Bordeaux-style wines. Guests will explore
the cobblestone terrace overlooking the vineyards before enjoying a seated
tasting with chef-paired hors d'oeuvres. "From the first sip on the terrace to
the pairings in the private tasting room, everything was first class,"
commented a TripAdvisor traveler. Tours are offered Monday – Saturday and
select Sundays for a $30 fee; advance reservations required.
7. The Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, California
At the base of Sonoma Mountain, this family-run winery individually harvests
29 blocks of vines to create custom blends. Visitors can choose between a
tram-style or an in-depth walking tour where they will learn about the
winery's organic and sustainable practices. A TripAdvisor traveler commented,
"If you only did one tour on your trip, this would be a good one." Tours are
offered daily for a fee of $20 - $40; reservations are recommended but not
8. Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Thirty miles northwest of Madison, vino enthusiasts can visit this hillside
property that was first established as a winery more than 150 years ago.
During the hour-long tour, guests will explore the production and fermentation
facilities before sampling wines crafted from the vineyard's winter-hardy
grapes. "A very beautiful setting that was combined with an informative guided
tour," noted a TripAdvisor traveler. Tours are offered daily for a $5 fee; no
9. Jarvis Estate, Napa, California
Tunneled into the Vaca Mountains, vintage aficionados will be dazzled by the
45,000 square-foot cave system of this subterranean production facility. The
impressive architecture is highlighted throughout a 90-minute tour, which
includes a stop at the cave's underground, cascading waterfall. A TripAdvisor
traveler commented, "We toured Jarvis on our last day in Napa, and it was
spectacular!" Tours are offered daily for a $60 fee; advance reservations
10. Schramsberg Vineyard, Calistoga, California
Renowned for their sparkling wines, this historic estate welcomes travelers to
explore its 125-year-old hand-dug caves nestled into the rugged Diamond
Mountains. The tour details the classic process of producing sparkling wine
before concluding with a candlelit tasting of four bubbly blends. One
TripAdvisor traveler commented, "We loved the history of the winery and the
tour of the caves was so interesting. A must see!" Tours are offered daily for
a $50 fee; advance reservations required.
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