Travel Picks: North America's top 10 wine destinations

Fri Oct 9, 2009 7:31am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - European destinations are often in the spotlight when it comes to fine wines but North America holds it own when it comes to varietals, according to travel website TripAdvisor.

Editors at TripAdvisor ( have compiled a list of North America's top 10 wine destinations after noticing a 10 percent rise in searches for "vineyards" over the past six weeks compared to a year ago.

Reuters has not endorsed this list.

A survey of more than 1,000 U.S. respondents found 48 percent planned to visit a U.S. vineyard this year, with 40 percent planning to do so this autumn. When it comes to taste, 59 percent prefer red wine, 43 percent want white and 12 percent rose.

1. Napa Valley, California

The undisputed American capital of wine has earned its reputation thanks to seemingly endless picturesque vineyards and world-class wines. The valley's scenery serves as the backdrop to both amazing large-scale wineries as well as smaller wineries.

2. Sonoma, California

Protected by mountains from excessive rainfall, Sonoma has an ideal climate for growing grapes on its numerous vineyards. Napa's neighbor is smaller in terms of wine production, but has highly sought-after wines and sweeping vistas.

3. Willamette Valley, Oregon   Continued...

<p>A waiter serves a glass of red wine from Spain during a tasting session at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, the International Wine and Spirits Exhibition for the Asia-Pacific region, in Hong Kong May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Fraile</p>