Although the California wine-growing regions garner a great deal of attention in the United States, the East Coast is rapidly emerging as an exciting destination for wine lovers. From Virginia’s gorgeous Shenandoah Valley to Pennsylvania’s Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, this region is packed with award-winning wineries. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a girls’ weekend, look for vacation rentals near these fantastic vineyards and wineries.
1. Tarara Vineyard and Winery, Leesburg, Virginia
The Tarara Vineyard and Winery, which is located an easy drive from Washington D.C., is one of the most celebrated wineries on the East Coast. Tucked alongside the Potomac River, this facility offers a picture-perfect setting for elegant bachelorette parties or friendly gatherings. Visit year round; the spot is particularly lovely in the summer, when the tasting room hosts a live concert series. Be sure to try the 2012 Cabernet Franc, which received a Wine Enthusiast rating of 88, making it one of the top-rated of its kind in the state.
2. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Hammondsport, New York
Located in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery boasts a spectacular hillside spot overlooking Keuka Lake. Come in the fall for the colorful foliage, or enjoy a sunny stroll through the grape vines in the summer. Multiple tasting rooms cater to different wine-drinking styles. The main tasting room is the perfect spot to try the legendary Dr. Konstantin Frank vinifera wines. For serious wine drinkers, the “1886” Reserve Room features a viticultural or cellar experience and a seated educational wine flight – a great choice for a wine-enthusiast bachelorette party.
3. Cascade Mountain Winery, Amenia, New York
Head to the beautiful Hudson River Valley to check out the Cascade Mountain Winery, where the Seyval Blanc and Old Vine Zinfandel draw rave reviews. Multiple settings cater to all types of groups – pop into the tasting room for a quiet drink, enjoy dinner at the restaurant, or grab a cheese plate and a group of friends and head to the spectacular hillside picnic area. The best time to visit is in the warm, breezy summer, when outdoor concerts create a fun, festive vibe.
4. Black Ankle Winery, Mount Airy, Maryland
Tucked near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Black Ankle Winery features spectacular wines such as the Crumbling Rock and the Leaf Stone Syrah. Stop into the intimate tasting room for a cozy experience, or order a picnic and head to the outdoor dining area. On Fridays, the winery hosts live music in a fun, vibrant atmosphere that’s great for groups and wedding party gatherings. The property is stunning any time of year, but the brilliant fall leaves make October a particularly beautiful time to visit.
5. Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville, Virginia
Known for its forested hills and award-winning Viognier wines, Jefferson Vineyards is a must-visit stop on any summer trip to Virginia. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, this gorgeous location is an easy drive from both Monticello and James Monroe’s Highland. Enjoy an outdoor drink on the patio, stop into the tasting room, or bring a picnic and head out to the hillside for a beautiful view. This vineyard is not suited to large groups; you can book private tastings for groups of eight or more, but only from Monday through Friday.
6. Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, Virginia
Enjoy a personal introduction to the Shenandoah Valley wine region at Barren Ridge Vineyards. This family-owned vineyard is located in a historic apple barn; original wood beams add a charming, rustic ambiance. Tours and tastings are available every day – be sure to try the off-dry blends Harmony and Red Barren. The spacious tasting room is ideal for families and bachelorette events, and the facility is available for private rentals. The best time to visit is during the fall, when warm days and vibrant changing leaves turn the grounds into an autumn wonderland.
7. Jones Winery, Shelton, Connecticut
Sip estate-grown Pinot Gris in a historic barn at Jones Winery in Shelton, just two hours outside of New York City. Pair your wine with regionally made cheeses at the onsite farm-to-table cooking studio, Harvest Kitchen; the studio also offers group cooking classes to bachelorette parties and other gatherings. Summer is the perfect time to visit – attend a Wine Down for live music, warm weather, and seasonal farm treats.
8. Naylor Wine Cellars, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
Enjoy the casual, friendly vibe at Naylor Wine Cellars, the oldest winery in Pennsylvania’s York County. As you sip the winery’s famous Chambourcin red in the outdoor pavilion, enjoy the peace of the quiet woodland setting. Book a tour and tasting in the tasting room; the winery is also available to rent out for weddings, bachelorette parties, and corporate events. The weather is best from late spring to late fall, but summer brings brilliant skies and plenty of opportunities to explore the grounds.
9. Alba Vineyard, Milford, New Jersey
Just 65 miles from vacation rentals in New York City, Alba Vineyard feels a world away. Visit during the hot summer to enjoy a tasting on the outdoor patio, or come in the fall when the surrounding forests burst with color. Alba is one of the largest pinot noir producers in the region; pop into the tasting room to try the Estate Pinot Noir paired with artisan cheeses. For a fun bachelorette outing, book a private tour and tasting, or come for the Morini chef’s dinners from spring through fall.
10. Diamond Hill Vineyards, Cumberland, Rhode Island
Try pinot noir and berry wines in a 200-year-old farm house at the ultra-charming Diamond Hill Vineyards. The vineyard is magical in the summer; grab a table on the spacious, shaded veranda and enjoy the view of the carefully manicured lawns. The family-run spot welcomes groups such as bachelorette parties, but requests a reservation in advance.
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