Planning a holiday always requires a little creativity on your part, as this is the best way to ensure the vacation is memorable and special. With that said, one of the best ways to plan your holiday is to pick a theme and base your locations, activities, and sight-seeing on that theme, and what better theme is there than a wine holiday? A wine holiday can encompass all kinds of unique aspects and truly allow you to plan something that is memorable and unique all at the same time.
If you’re in the early stages of planning a perfect wine holiday in California, we’ve gathered some great tips with the help of Underground Cellar to ensure you make the best decision of which area(s) to visit.
Which County Will You Highlight?
We found plenty of articles that looked at the best destinations for wine and fun, and California was mentioned many times. However, it’s really important to decide which California County in particular sparks your interest so that it can act as your home-base when planning all other activities.
Exploring Monterey County
It’s hard to beat what Monterey County has to offer. What this area does really well is combine a wine experience with a tourist experience thanks to all the natural beauty and activities in the region. For those unfamiliar with Monterey County, it is located right on the Pacific coast, so it’s hard to beat that kind of natural beauty.
One really cool fact about this area is that the grapes grown in Monterey County are strictly wine grapes. This means you won’t find anything else; it is all dedicated to making exceptional wine. The most popular type of wine in the region is Chardonnay, but it’s also known for its Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noire, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot.
Napa Valley and Sonoma – the Jewels of the Northern Coast
Then we have the northern coastal areas of Napa Valley and Sonoma. Both of these areas are incredibly popular and draw in tourists from across the country, and the world. In Napa Valley alone there are more than 600 wineries. You could technically spend your entire holiday just exploring Napa Valley and not run out of options. Napa Valley is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot, and Chardonnay to name a few. Sonoma also holds plenty of appeal with over 500 wineries that specialize in Pinot Noir in particular. You’ll find the sights and attractions along the Northern Coast to be quite different than those in Southern California, and the weather is also drastically different in this region.
Temecula Valley – a Standout in the South
Speaking of the southern coast, we have Temecula Valley, which has also created quite a name for itself. It has 35 wineries, so not as many as some other regions, but the area has really worked on growing its wine tourism offerings, which means it may give you a more complete holiday experience.
California is truly a state filled with incredibly wineries, stunning natural scenery, and enough activities to keep everyone happy.
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