Must-Visit Wine Destinations For This Summer

Sometimes it’s worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find the best wine!

Napa, California

5-31 Wine Destination (UGC bravotravels)

It’s no wonder why the Napa Valley — from it’s scenic vineyards, wide variety of, and close proximity to San Francisco — has long been a favorite for wine lovers and foodies from around the world. More than 450 wineries in the Napa area produce some of your favorite grapes: cabernet, sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, and merlot.

Favorite wineries: Hendry Vineyard and Winery, St. Clair Brown Winery, Trahan Winery

Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dixon, CA – UC Davis Area


Burgenland, Austria

5-31 Wine Destination - Corked Bottles

A favorite area with Europeans, this destination is known for producing full-bodied and rich red wines in Burgenland, one of the most easternmost states in Austria. Your next favorite merlot or pinot noir could come from Burgenland.

Favorite wineries: Weingut Bockmoar, Ing. Josef Maurer

Where to stay: Park Inn by Radisson Sárvár Resort & Spa


Finger Lakes, New York

5-31 Wine Destination - Grapes

The Finger Lakes may be a secret to some, but this wine destination is well known to those searching out cool-climate wines in America, such as Rieslings.

Favorite wineries:  Barnstormer Winery,  Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyards

Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ithaca, NY


Loire Valley, France

5-31 Wine Destination - Austria

Located south of Paris, the picturesque Loire Valley is full of bubbling rivers and sumptuous vineyards. Keep an eye out for smoky cabernets and crisp sauvignon blancs.

Favorite wineries: Maison Lemaitre, Château du Petit Thouars

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes


Cape Town, South Africa

5-31 Wine Destination - Red Grapes

Located half an hour south of Cape Town is the Constantia Valley, a popular wine destination since the days of Napoleon Bonaparte. The “Western Cape”, as this area is known, produces a variety of wines, ranging from Rhone-style red wines to aromatic sauvignon blancs.

Favorite wineries: Groot Constantia, Cape Town Vineyards

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town


Traverse City, Michigan

5-31 Wine Destination - Wine Bottles

Traverse City may be known as the “Cherry Capital of the World”, but its reputation as “Michigan’s Wine Country” is just as accurate. Expect to find refreshing pinto grigios and gewurtztraminers.

Favorite wineries:  Black Star Farms Old Mission, Hawthorne Vineyards, Peninsula Cellars

Where to stay: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Traverse City, MI

Don’t have time to book a trip to your favorite wine destination? Experience wines from around the world with the Vinesse Wine Club. Plus, Club Carlson members can earn bonus points with this wine club membership: a win-win for wine lovers!


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