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A Few of the Best Wine Road Trips You Should Take This Fall

A Few of the Best Wine Road Trips You Should Take This Fall

Fall. Is there anything better? How about pairing fall and wine? Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of autumn with a few of the best wine road trips you should take this fall. Explore the country and enjoy some wine along the way.

The State of Michigan

Michigan is the hidden gem for wine in America. If you’re in the mood for a unique wine-tasting road trip, make your way over to the mitten state. You’ll find two main wine trails to venture on: Leelanau Peninsula that runs along the west side of the bay, and Old Mission Peninsula, which takes you on an adventure through the middle of Grand Traverse Bay.

There are plenty of hotel options and vacation rentals available for when it’s time to rest. You’ll also find restaurants abound when you need to fill up to continue the journey. Michigan provides spectacular autumn views along with delicious fall wine options. What could be better?

Lake Chelan

You’ll find this road trip situated in the idyllic Pacific Northwest. This area is home to over 30 wineries, so you better start planning out this scenic wine adventure. Surround yourself with picturesque views and estate-grown wine at Tsillan Cellars. Become a wine lover for life when you visit the family-run winery Succession, where you’ll encounter live music on Sundays.

The North Fork

This scenic, winery-filled region is no longer flying under the radar. Located in the state of New York, you’ll find that fall is the perfect time to take a road trip around North Fork. You’ll find open beaches, the smell of salty air, and tables ready to serve you at the region’s popular restaurants. Check out Bedell Cellars, where they’ll greet you warmly, and you can bring along your dog. Don’t miss out on a visit to Paumanok. You’ll quickly understand why it’s the area’s most well-known winery.

Santa Cruz

California has many regions that offer impressive wine, such as Santa Cruz. Autumn is the ideal time to visit this wonderful beach town, where biking is the preferred method of travel for wine tours. Stop by Storrs to see how they grow grapes sustainably with minimal intervention in a biodynamic setting.

Hill Country

Hill County is situated west of Austin and north of San Antonio in Texas, and it’s now on the radar for every wine lover. Around Fredericksburg, the soul of Hill Country, you’ll find more than 50 wineries to explore. They offer fantastic shuttles to make your experience enjoyable without the pressure of driving yourself. Hill Country truly is a wine road trip you should take this fall.

Napa Valley

The Napa Valley is home to breathtakingly gorgeous views, intimate tasting tours, and incredibly delicious wines. It’s one of the most famous wine country regions located in Northern California, and it delivers. Cliff Lede Vineyards mixes art and wine for a unique experience. Don’t miss out on the backstage tasting they offer, where you’ll sip on Napa’s finest while surrounded by a rotating art exhibit.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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