Life inherently becomes more beautiful just by sipping a glass of wine, but imagine enjoying some vino while taking in a stunning view. At these 11 American wineries, the gorgeousness in the background might rival the quality of the wines. Luckily, it isn’t a competition. Check out the 11 American wineries with views that are too beautiful not to drink to.
Located in Dry Creek Valley, California, Ferrari-Carano owns a few vineyards, but a huge draw is their gorgeous views – including their gardens. Tulips, daffodils, and other flowers bloom for the wine lover who really loves a nice bouquet.
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New Mexico may seem like an unusual place for a winery, but with that odd location comes truly unique views of the breathtaking landscape. San Juan also has unique wines like Sweet Cherry Pie and Blue Winged Olive. Sip as you delight in the glorious sunset.
This Long Island winery has been around since the ’80s. The combination of quality wine and stunning views is ever-enduring, so it’s also no surprise many decide to get married there.
Sterling Vineyards is situated on a hill that overlooks Napa Valley. How do you get to that hill? In a cable car. We recommend not having too many glasses of wine before boarding it.
How does a profiterole tower and maple beignets with a glass of Chardonnay sound? Now pair it with the above view, and you have this Virginia vineyard. Pippin Hill’s restaurant serves up seasonal eats, cocktails, and of course, wine.
Walk through that door and what do you see? Oh, just a casual view atop a 450-foot cliff. The Cliff House Estate – a Florentine mansion originally owned by Royal Newton Riblet – serves as the headquarters for Washington winery Arbor Crest. As long as you don’t dangle your legs off the edge, you should enjoy the view.
Gary Farrell Winery specializes in terrace tastings that include a tour, a boxed lunch (including an artisanal sandwich!), sipping six single vineyard releases, aaaaaand that view. After all that walking and marveling, you’ll definitely need to sit and drink.
This Virginia winery was carved out of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While a vineyard with an elevation of 1800 feet might seem scary in theory, those Adirondack chairs look pretty secure. Ankida Ridge is all about environmental sustainability: they plant various cover crops, let sheep out to naturally weed and fertilize the soil, and use Biodynamic compost.
10. Sanford Winery
When it comes to stunning views, California never fails. Sanford Winery, located in Santa Barbara, is no exception. Sanford has two wineries and a tasting room open most of the year. Forget the beach: we’re hitting up Sanford next time we’re in Santa Barbara.
Another Pacific Northwest gem, Willamette Valley Vineyards is located in Oregon, where the lush green landscape contrasts strikingly with the moody sky. Book an overnight stay at one of Willamette’s suites, and look out onto the vineyards while sipping a glass of wine in one of their gorgeous rooms.