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Where is America's Premier Wine Destination?

Updated on October 19, 2012
Map of Sonoma and Napa Counties. Sonoma County has MANY more wineries (each dot is one).
Map of Sonoma and Napa Counties. Sonoma County has MANY more wineries (each dot is one).
Hiking along the coast
Hiking along the coast
The Golden Gate
The Golden Gate
Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County from 3000 ft.
Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County from 3000 ft.
Good food for all.
Good food for all.

TripAdvisor, one of the better travel websites, has completed a survey about the most popular wine destinations in the world and the U.S. These are places ranked for beauty, culture, wine tasting, architecture of wineries, people and climate. The area that receives its endorsement is important for those considering vacationing there for a short or long time. It can translate into millions of dollars in tourism. The survey is based on millions of traveler reviews who have gone to the places and provided feedback.

So, it is shocking that the #1 wine destination in America is Sonoma County, its more renowned brother is next door, you know it as Napa County, which is #2. This makes it so convenient for wine travelers as one can get to either county from the other county in 40 minutes time along scenic Hwy 12, a two lane road. Both are a mere 70 miles north of San Francisco. Napa County is basically tied together with a two lane highway. Sonoma county has Hwy 101, a four lane road.

The #3 spot is the Willamette Valley in Oregon, spots #4 and 5, are both in Finger Lakes and Long Island, New York.

If you are worldly wine destination traveler, then, the best spot on the globe is Tuscany, Italy, where else? But wait! Going to Italy is pricey and having been there, I can assure you that Sonoma County is as good and it resembles it quite a bit with an American twist. Suffice to say, the #2 spot in the world IS Sonoma County (see, I told you they are similar). The #3 spot is down under in Hunter Valley, Australia, South Africa at Stellbosch is #4.


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