10 wine towns off the beaten path

Aug 19, 2019

(MW) - You won’t need a passport to explore the many cities that are redefining the boundaries of wine country. Chances are, you’re only a hop, skip, and cork pop away from one of the many vineyards peppered throughout America. Whether you have one day or an entire week to dedicate to wine tasting, you won’t have to travel far to sample some of the country’s best varieties.

1. Geneva, Ohio

The Midwest has a sweet side, and it tastes a lot like Riesling. The next time you’re passing through Ohio, grab a glass and stay awhile. Boasting 180 wineries throughout the state, Ohio is a hub of unique events for wine lovers. Round out your hike along the Grand River with a tasting at South River Winery or check out some classic cars as you sip some vino during Crusin’ da Vines Metal Muscle Nights. Geneva is located in Ashtabula County, which boasts the most wineries in the state. 

2. Santa Fe, N.M.

With six wineries within the city limits — and more on the fringe — Santa Fe is more than a pit stop on the New Mexico wine trail. Sample organically grown Chenin Blanc and Petit Verdot at Vivac Winery, before settling in at Santa Sidra for their signature hard cider. All great choices to pair with a taco.

3. Palisade, Colo.

Nestled in the Grand Valley along the Colorado River, sits Palisade - a mecca of grapevines known as Colorado’s Wine Country. Many tours and tastings are not only affordable, but family friendly as well. Those with a more adventurous palate can sample the valley’s unique wines made from peaches, honey, cherries, and plums.

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