While France, Spain and Italy may be known as the heavy hitters in the world’s wine industry, the United States alone is home to nearly 250 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) and, according to the Wines Vines Analytics Winery Database, has over 10,000 wineries. And many of these facilities aren’t just making wine; they’re offering behind-the-scenes tours, hosting tastings, and even partnering with chefs to run some of the nation’s top restaurants.
We invited a panel of experts to nominate their top picks across 10 different wine-centric categories, then we asked our readers to vote for their favorites among them. Here are our 2023 winners.
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Best New Winery Experience: Alamitos Vineyards in San Jose, California
Alamitos Vineyards takes top honors for Best New Winery Experience of 2023 — Photo courtesy of Shaun B. Coleman
The only vineyard winery in San Jose, California, Alamitos Vineyards specializes in Old World, small-batch winemaking. This winery features estate-grown varietals that include sauvignon blanc, syrah and – in homage to the winery owner’s heritage – Portugal’s Touriga Nacional grape.
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Best Non-Alcoholic Wine: Noughty
Cheers to Noughty, our 2023 winner for Best Non-Alcoholic Wine — Photo courtesy of Thomas Rohde
Noughty sparkling wines, which come in chardonnay and rosé varieties, are not only alcohol-free but also organic, vegan, halal and low in sugar. The brand was named the 2023 No/Low Product of the Year during the Majestic Supplier Awards.
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Best Wine Club: Naked Wines
Naked Wines wins Best Wine Club for fifth consecutive year — Photo courtesy of N/A
Naked Wines invests in independent winemakers, so customers get insider prices to exclusive wines. Customers, known as Angels, deposit a monthly membership fee into an Angel account, which can be used to order wine from indie winemakers at any time.
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Best Wine Country Hotel: Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs in Calistoga, California
Book a wine country getaway at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs — Photo courtesy of Mark Compton
With a tagline of “Where wellness meets happiness,” it’s not surprising this resort feels different than many others around Napa Valley. Open since 1952, it has a retro vibe and is particularly popular for its on-site hot mineral springs.
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Best Wine Festival: San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival in San Diego, California
Don’t miss the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, our Best Wine Festival of 2023 — Photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Sandy beaches and sailboats set the scene for this weeklong festival in San Diego. Celebrity chefs, top-notch winemakers, mixologists, master sommeliers, brewmasters and James Beard Award-winning authors join together for a bevy of exciting events.
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Best Wine Region: Paso Robles in California
Our readers say Paso Robles is the best wine region in the United States — Photo courtesy of Acacia Productions
For gorgeous views, intricate diversity and five-star hospitality on California’s Central Coast, it’s all about Paso Robles. This region offers everything from small batch tasting in the vineyard with tiny family wineries to some of the most breathtaking vistas with the capacity to welcome a crowd. Plus, there’s a grape for every style preference growing in Paso Robles vineyards. In other words, no one leaves this place unsatisfied.
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Best Wine Tasting Room: DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles, California
Don’t miss the amazing wine and beautiful views at DAOU Vineyards — Photo courtesy of DAOU Vineyards
Founded by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, the DAOU Vineyards mountain property has a reputation for being one of the best spots to absorb the Central Coast of California’s wine country beauty. “This Tuscan-style estate high atop a hill in Paso Robles has incredible views, terrific wines and good food – all served on a large outdoor patio,” says 10Best contributor Jenny Peters.
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Best Wine Tour Company: Snake River Wine Tours in Marsing, Idaho
Snake River Wine Tours wins Best Wine Tour Company for second year in a row — Photo courtesy of 10:31 Photography
Located less than an hour from Boise, explore the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, known as “The Heart of Idaho Wine Country,” with Snake River Wine Tours. Excursions include visits to up to four area wineries with award-winning wines and unique tasting experiences. Snake River’s special relationships with the local wineries guarantee guests a “one-of-a-kind” wine tour experience.
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Best Winery Restaurant: Grapevine Grill in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri
Grapevine Grill wins Best Winery Restaurant for 2023 — Photo courtesy of Jonathan Pollack
The Grapevine Grill at the 310-acre Chaumette Vineyards and Winery near historic Sainte Genevieve presents new American cooking with Cajun, Creole and Southwestern influences. Local ingredients ensure that the farm-to-fork menu shines.
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Best Winery Tour: Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport, New York
For the second year in a row, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery wins Best Winery Tour — Photo courtesy of Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, located in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York, offers an 1886 Food and Wine Experience in which guests partake in a guided viticultural or cellar tour followed by a seated wine tasting. This experience is available from May through October and is reservation only. For a less in-depth endeavor, seated wine tastings are offered year-round.
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