Cool Vineyards in the Western US Your Should Visit this Fall

Photo: Willamette Valley Vineyards/Andrea Johnson

Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Columbia Valley

Starting as just a grape growing operation that shortly thereafter turned into a full-scale winemaking operation, this vineyard boasts over 263 arches of vines. In addition to this huge amount of amazing grapes and great wine, they also have a set of chic tiny homes in the vineyards. Indulge yourself and find yourself in one of these modern tiny homes accented with clever wine touches. Wake up to rows of grapes and the dreamy Columbia River that are only amplified by the transition into fall.

Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon

Are you ready for a full-on grape stomping? Willamette Valley Vineyards brings in nearly 1,000 people per year to compete in Oregon’s Grape Stomp Championship. Plan ahead this fall and get your tickets for this fun event sooner rather than later as it tends to sell out. Not into getting your feet dirty? That’s okay! It’s still quite an exciting affair as Willamette Valley Vineyards’ production is still in full swing. You’ll also find stompers dressed in quirky costumes, staff led free vineyard tours, and live music! Last but not least, admission includes a flight of wine.

Kendall-Jackson Winery in Sonoma

Kendall-Jackson is known for their Harvest Celebration, which is complete with some of the best wine in the county. This event brings in the areas top chefs to work wonders with the goodies produced by the winery. They also offer live cooking demos and pairings that harmonize wine with farm-fresh goods. So get your drink on while learning the most with wine-blending seminars, truffle hunts, and sessions on pesticide-free home gardening.

Telaya Wine in Idaho

Who needs a wine tour when you can do a winemaking boot camp? Since opening in 2008, this winery has quickly grown to become one of the best in the state. This is because of the owner’s commitment to spreading the word on Idaho wine. Join the team in learning about how incoming fruit is sorted and destemmed, get all the info on the winery’s yeasts and fermentation techniques, and lastly, get the sitch on barrel selection. Then you’ll finish of your night with a family-style dinner featuring the winemaking staff. No question is off the table.


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