Plan a California Wine Tour

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wine tourWhen you plan on going through a California wine tour, there is quite so much to expect. California is the largest wine producer in the United States. That alone can tell you that you may have a lot of area to cover if you wish to go on an extensive California wine tour on your next vacation.

The best way that you can go about it is to learn something about the wine industry in California that may help provide you with knowledge on where to start off your wine touring adventure.

The most notable of winemaking locations in California can be found in the Sonoma and Napa Valley regions. These areas are known for their wine industries and helped a lot in creating a wine industry in the US that has been acclaimed in other countries. The nearby Mendocino and Lake Counties also offer quite a respectable wine industry that complements what Sonoma and Napa Valley have built up when it comes to winemaking.

The fun starts when one actually starts off on a wine trail. Along the way, the avid wine tourist can expect a lot of surprises.  Along the wine tour, one should expect to see a different side of California. Otherwise known for its highly modern cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it may come as a surprise to some that there is a greener side to California.

Aside from the long stretches of different fruit orchards, there exists in this state a wide expanse of vineyards and other similar estates typical of that found in France and Italy.  Picturesque expanses of green and blue hues from the vineyards make the landscape something that a visitor may somehow find in other European grape growing regions.

Along with this wide expanse of beautifully kept vineyards, there are also quite a number of wineries that make use of the grape produce in the area and turn it into wine. Some of these wine estates incorporate methods as well as estate architecture that one can find in other European countries, giving the area a somewhat European feel to it.

As one enters upon the wine estates and explore the wineries and learn how wines are being processed, visitors can expect to be treated to a free tour on some of the wineries, accompanied by an in house guide. Some wineries in the area take pride of their work and produce that every visitor is more than welcome to take a tour of their vineyards and wineries.

Although there are some that provide paid tours or welcome only visitors upon appointment, wine tourists can expect quite a number of wineries that welcome visitors any time of the day for a tour of their compound.

And not only that, wine tours in California, most notably in the Sonoma and Napa Valley areas, visitors can usually expect some free wine tasting on some of the wineries. Visitors can have a wonderful experience tasting some of the best and the finest local wines for free, just one of the benefits awaiting visitors of the different wineries in California’s wine country.