6 wineries worth traveling to


Taylor Milam

Taylor Milam

Blog author Taylor Milam

Taylor Milam is a personal finance writer who recently paid of $14,000 of student loans. She helps millennials with money and spending at The Freedom From Money.

Published July 31, 2018|3 min read

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When you think of wineries, you probably imagine large estates and sprawling vineyards, not Hawaiian volcanoes or Malibu safaris, but that’s exactly what these travel-worthy wineries offer. If you're planning a getaway and love wine, consider making the trek to one (or all) of these wineries sprinkled throughout America.

Tank Garage Winery in Napa Valley, California

Housed in a converted 1930’s gas station, Tank Garage Winery is different than other wineries in the area. Instead of sweeping views or a grand estate, Tank Garage offers a piece of California history. The tasting room is in an old mechanic garage and the decor—gas pumps, carefully styled cans, paintings and statement lighting—sets the mood. Known for selling “one off” uniquely crafted sparkling wines, red wines, white wines and rosé wines with artistic labels, Tank Garage Winery ensures both the wines and the experience are worth the trip.

Ankida Ridge Vineyards in Amherst County, Virginia

Virginia might not the first state that comes to mind when you think of wine, but Ankida Ridge Vineyards boasts award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s a family-owned operation, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can take their glass of wine to the deck, watch the sheep roam and take in the stunning panoramic views. Even though the location is fairly remote, it’s worth a trip. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and plan to stay a while to fully appreciate the calming splendor of nature.

Volcano Winery in Volcano, Hawaii

Hawaii is a big trip for most people. You’ve probably heard about the recent volcano eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii, but did you know the town of Volcano hasn’t been affected by the lava spill? In fact, Volcano Winery is open for business, and if you time your visit correctly, you might even be able to see the glow of the lava at night while sipping guava-grape wine. Volcanoes aside, this winery offers innovative wines that range from Macadamia Nut Honey wine to Infusion Tea Wine and is worth a trip. After all, nothing is better than sipping a chilled glass of wine in paradise.

Malibu Wines in Malibu, California

Hidden away in the Malibu mountains, Malibu Wines is only 30 minutes from the city but offers an escape from the hustle of Los Angeles. The winery is filled with Instagram-worthy backdrops and even provides photo props — an artsy pickup truck and giant letters that spell the word “love.” But the best part is you can go on a wine safari where you sip wine, explore the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and even spot zebras, camels, alpacas and more. It’s worth the trip just to meet Stanley the giraffe, but doing so with a glass of wine in your hands makes it even better.

Jarvis Estate in Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley is known as the wine capital of the world, but instead of chateaus or sweeping views, Jarvis Estate offers visitors the chance to explore an underground cave. In fact, the entire winery is housed within the 45,000 square foot cave. But instead of dark and gloomy, Jarvis Estate is beautifully lit and inviting. Bronze doors, arched alcoves, a flowing waterfall and chandeliers work together to create a mysterious, yet welcoming, atmosphere for visitors. The winery is a work of art and you’ll want to take a guided tour to get the full experience. The tour ends with an intimate seated tasting where you can sample six of the Jarvis Estate wines.

Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, California

Nothing will get you in a vacation mindset quite like traveling by aerial tram to a winery. With sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, the aerial tram at Sterling Vineyards is the perfect way to kick off your adventure. Once you arrive at the winery, which was modeled after the Greek Island of Mykonos, the wine tasting begins. You can take a self-guided tour at your own pace, spend a leisurely afternoon sipping wine in one of the outdoor tasting rooms, all while taking in the spectacular views.

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