The Best Wine Made in Every Single U.S. State
It’s time to think outside Napa
If you thought you had to travel all the way to Napa to sample fantastic American-made wine, we’ve got good news: You can find fabulous locally-produced vino wherever you go in this beautiful country. Here, a list of the best wines made locally in every single U.S. state.
ALABAMA: WHITE OAK VINEYARDS
You’ll find this 52-acre vineyard--which specializes in grapes of the Muscadine variety--midway between Birmingham and Atlanta. Its bottle of Norton is known as the Cabernet of the South.
1484 Dry Hollow Rd., Anniston; 256-231-7998 or southernoakwines.com
ALASKA: DENALI WINERY
The microbrewed wines here are made from grape juice that’s been shipped in from all different corners of the world. (Hello, it’s way too chilly to grow grapes in Alaska.) The best blend? The Zinfandel…or the custom Port.
1301 East Dowling Rd., Anchorage; 907-563-9434 or denaliwinery.info
ARIZONA: PILLSBURY WINE COMPANY
Filmmaker Sam Pillsbury runs the show at this Willcox-based vineyard, which produces 14 (mostly Rhone) blends of award-winning wine. The Roan Red is a crowd favorite, a delicious combo of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes.
6450 S. Bennett Pl., Willcox; 310-508-3348 or pillsburywine.com
ARKANSAS: WIEDERKEHR WINE CELLARS
Around since 1880, this winery is located high up in the Ozarks--a spot originally chosen by its Swiss founder for the variety of microclimates in the peaks and valleys. Its best bottles come in the form of sweeter varieties, like the Tawny Port and Cream Sherry.
3324 Swiss Family Dr., Wiederkehr Village; 800-622-WINE or wiederkehrwines.com
CALIFORNIA: SUNSTONE WINERY
It’s a pretty tough call to make in this state, but this 25-acre vineyard (with it’s south-sloping exposure) produces top-notch organic grapes--and a variety of delicious blends, including the sweet and delicate 2013 Merlot Reserve.
125 Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez; 805-688-9463 or sunstonewinery.com
COLORADO: PLUM CREEK WINERY
Known for its Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties, this vineyard devotes 65 acres of land to producing 13,000 bottles of wine each year. The Riesling is its signature--made from grapes picked entirely by hand.
3708 G Rd., Palisade; 970-464-7586 or plumcreekwinery.com
CONNECTICUT: SHARPE HILL VINEYARD
Nestled in a tiny New England town, this winery--complete with its own farmhouse--is just the place to go and sip a Dry Summer Rosé, made from St. Croix grapes and complete with hints of strawberry and an Instagram-worthy bright berry hue.
108 Wade Rd., Pomfret; 860-974-3549 or sharpehill.com
DELAWARE: NASSAU VALLEY VINEYARDS
The family behind this winery is responsible for securing the legal right to make wine in the state. Now they produce Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Their Indian River Red Vintner’s Blend is can’t-miss.
32165 Winery Way, Lewes; 302-645-9463 or nassauvalley.com
FLORIDA: MONTICELLO VINEYARDS AND WINERY
This certified organic 50-acre winery, located a short distance from Tallahassee, features oh-so-very-southern Muscadine grapes--18 different varieties of them. Don’t leave without tasting the Magnolia blend.
1211 Waukeenah Hwy., Monticello; 850-294-9463 or monticellowinery.com
GEORGIA: TIGER MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
With a sky-high altitude of 2,000 feet, this boutique winery is the first in the state to grow grapes of the European variety, all well-suited to the climate of the southern Blue Ridge. In fact, its Petit Manseng blend was named a new Southern classic by Wines and Vines Magazine.
2592 Old Hwy. 441 S., Tiger; 706-782-4777 or tigerwine.com
HAWAII: MAUI WINERY
The volcanic soil on Maui (plus, the cool microclimate) is responsible for the delicious blends coming out of this historic winery that’s been around for over 40 years. The refreshing pineapple wines alone are worth a visit--or you can order them online.
14815 Piilani Hwy., Kula; 808-878-6058 or mauiwine.com
IDAHO: HELLS CANYON WINERY
Set high above the Snake River--seriously, at 2,700 feet--this winery is famous for its Syrah varieties. The Deer Slayer is the ideal late-night dinner drink, savory with a distinctive whisky-like taste.
18835 Symms Rd., Caldwell; 208-454-3300 or hellscanyonwine.com
ILLINOIS: PHEASANT HOLLOW WINERY
The views are as incredible as the wines at this vineyard, nestled on five acres of woodlands along the shore of Rend Lake. The wines made from the Norton grape are spicy and full-bodied, a perfect pairing with steak or pasta.
14931 State Hwy. 37, Whittington; 618-629-2302 or pheasanthollowwinery.com
INDIANA: MALLOW RUN WINERY
Located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis, this 600-acre farm devotes eight acres to vineyards (the rest is for planting corn). Its signature blend is a dry white made from Traminette, a cold-resistant grape with hints of apple and pear.
6964 W. Whiteland Rd., Bargersville; 317-422-1556 or mallowrun.com
IOWA: JASPER WINERY
A homegrown vineyard turned bustling business, this winery based near Gray's Lake and downtown Des Moines specializes in wines made from oak-aged grape varieties like the Seyval Blanc--which is one of its top-rated dry whites, with a twinge of fruity flavor.
2400 George Flagg Pkwy., Des Moines; 515-282-9463 or jasperwinery.com
KANSAS: GRACE HILL WINERY
Just outside Wichita, you’ll find these vineyards--a farm turned winery specializing in reds and whites (and the occasional dessert blend). Its best red also has the best name: Dodging Tornados, made from Chambourcin grapes, which results in a semi-sweet taste.
6310 S. Grace Hill Rd., Whitewater; 316-799-2511 or gracehillwinery.com
KENTUCKY: WIGHT-MEYER VINEYARD AND WINERY
What started out as a family-run business with 53 vines is now two and a half acres of beloved vineyards. The Hillbilly Rhone is an aged (and tasty) blend of Chardonnay, Chardonel, Seyval Blanc and La Crescent.
340 Meyer Dr., Shepherdsville; 502-921-0267 or wight-meyervineyards.com
LOUISIANA: PONTCHARTRAIN VINEYARDS
This vineyard located 140 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico produces its own grapes and sources others from around the world. The Le Trolley--made from the locally grown Blanc du Bois--is light and easy to drink.
81250 Old Military Rd., Bush; 985-892-9742 or pontchartrainvineyards.com
MAINE: BLACKSMITHS WINERY
All hail blueberry wines. Maine’s climate is better suited to vinos made using this berry type, and the dessert offerings (like the Riesling) are seriously where it’s at. Don’t be surprised to find other Maine fruits (like rhubarb) mixed in.
967 Quaker Ridge Rd., Casco; 207-655-3292 or blacksmithswinery.com
MARYLAND: BLACK ANKLE VINEYARDS
This sustainable winery has over 40 acres of red (think Cab Franc and Pinot Noir) and white grapes (everything from Chardonnay to Muscat). You can’t go wrong with any of its reds, but the fruity and smooth Leaf-Stone Syrah is probably the best.
14463 Black Ankle Rd., Mt. Airy; 301-829-3338 or blackankle.com
MASSACHUSETTS: RUNNING BROOK VINEYARDS & WINERY
Located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, this New England-based winery produces a mix of red and white varietals. The white Pinot Gris--with its semi-dry fruity flavor--is the can’t-miss bottle.
335 Old Fall River Rd., North Dartmouth; 508-985-1998 or runningbrookwine.com
MICHIGAN: CHATEAU CHANTAL
Part B&B, part vineyard, this 65-acre estate will make you feel like you’re in Bordeaux, when really you’re just 12 miles north of Traverse City. The locally grown grapes--of the vinifera species found in Europe--are responsible for the best blend: a semi-dry white Riesling with hints of grapefruit and apple.
15900 Rue Devin, Traverse City; 231-223-4110 or chateauchantal.com
MINNESOTA: SAINT CROIX VINEYARDS
Pack a picnic lunch and check out the range of wines at this winery located just outside of Stillwater. You can’t go wrong with the Riesling, which has hints of mango.
6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater; 651-430-3310 or scvwines.com
MISSISSIPPI: OLD SOUTH WINERY
Open for 30-plus years, this winery produces blends made from Muscadine grapes, which are signature to the southeastern coast of the U.S. Don’t skip out without trying the Miss Scarlett, a sweet rosé that tastes a lot like White Zinfandel.
65 S Concord Ave., Natchez; 601-445-9924 or oldsouthwinery.com
MISSOURI: AUGUSTA WINERY
The Norton is Missouri’s state grape, which is why this winery--which overlooks the Missouri River Valley--chooses to incorporate it into many of its award-winning blends. The best bottle is simply called the Norton, and it’s a dry red that pairs well with burgers…or risotto.
5601 High St., Augusta; 636-228-4301 or augustawinery.com
MONTANA: MISSION MOUNTAIN WINERY
Located on the shores of Flathead Lake--the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi--this winery produces 6,500 cases of wine per year, all made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Marquette (plus some Riesling and Chardonnay, too). The best bottle? It’s a toss-up between the Pinot Noir and the Cab Sauv.
82420 US-93, Dayton; 406-849-5524 or missionmountainwinery.com
NEBRASKA: MAC’S CREEK WINERY AND VINEYARDS
This Lexington-based winery has excelled since 2000 at working with the extreme temps to produce unique wines made with the Brianna grape, a cold-hardy variety that’s endemic to the state. The best bottle is called just that--the Brianna--and it’s a semi-sweet white with hints of pineapple.
43315 Road 757, Lexington; 308-324-0440 or macscreekvineyards.com
NEVADA: CHURCHILL VINEYARDS
At 4,000 feet above sea level, this winery works with desert temperature highs and lows to produce a range of white wines. The "Nevada Grown" Riesling is floral and full-bodied with fruity hints of apricot, peach and tangerine.
1065 Dodge Ln., Fallon; 775-423-4000 or churchillvineyards.com
NEW HAMPSHIRE: CANDIA VINEYARDS
Snow is to be expected here, which is why this boutique winery chooses to work with grape varieties like Frontenac, LaCrosse and Noiret, which can handle the plunging temps. When you’re there, go for the Noiret, a nice red with pepper and mocha notes.
702 High St., Candia; 603-867-9751 or candiavineyards.com
NEW JERSEY: NATALI VINEYARDS
Located in Cape May between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, this winery has similar attributes to vineyards found in Bordeaux, France. Which is why its vines--especially of the Nebbiolo variety--tend to thrive.
221 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House; 609-465-0075 or natalivineyards.com
NEW MEXICO: GRUET WINERY
If you’re in the mood for something sparkling, this is the place. This 30-plus-year-old winery specializes in bubbly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Sauvage is the most memorable--a bone-dry sparkler with hints of green apple, lemon and grapefruit.
8400 Pan American Fwy. NE, Albuquerque; 505-821-0055 or gruetwinery.com
NEW YORK: BEDELL CELLARS
This small-batch Long Island winery has been producing sustainable handcrafted red and white wines for 30 years. The Sauvignon Blanc is a go-to. It’s crisp and aromatic, the result of a season of near-perfect growing conditions.
36225 NY-25, Cutchogue; 631-734-7537 or bedellcellars.com
NORTH CAROLINA: MCRITCHIE WINERY AND CIDERWORKS
This winery planted its first five acres of grapes in 2004 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The result yielded the Ring of Fire Red--a nod to Johnny Cash and a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
315 Thurmond Post Office Rd., Thurmond; 336-874-3003 or mcritchiewine.com
NORTH DAKOTA: POINTE OF VIEW WINERY
Valiant grapes are the signature variety in this state, and this winery knows how to use them. The Terre Haute Rouge is an award-winning medium-bodied blush that's almost as lovely as the vineyards it comes from.
8411 19th Ave. NW, Burlington; 701-839-5505 or povwinery.com
OHIO: VERMILION VALLEY VINEYARDS
All the grapes--there are 12 varieties in total--are locally grown at this winery in the Lake Erie Appellation. Many fruit wines are on the menu, but the red Chambourcin (a hybrid grape), with its strong notes of cherry and black currant, is the best of the batch.
11005 Gore Orphanage Rd., Wakeman; 440-965-5202 or vermilion-valleyvineyards.com
OKLAHOMA: NUYAKA CREEK WINERY
Handcrafted fruit and berry wines made with chokecherries, elderberries and more are the specialty here, but our pick is definitely the Oklahoma Merlot, a rich and fruit-heavy blend.
35230 N3830 Rd., Bristow; 918-756-8485 or nuyakacreek.com
OREGON: J.K. CARRIERE WINES
This 40-acre winery on Parrett Mountain, just east of Newberg, is non-irrigated and organically farmed at an elevation of 700 feet. The result is 4,000 cases of Pinot Noir and a small quantity of Chardonnay known for its acidity and savory qualities. The Provacateur--a Willamete Valley Pinot Noir--is a must-try.
9995 NE Parrett Mountain Rd., Newberg; 503-554-0721 or jkcarriere.com
PENNSYLVANIA: CROSSING VINEYARDS AND WINERY
This state-of-the-art winery still handpicks its grapes before aging them in stainless-steel tanks and French oak barrels. With 25 different bottles on the menu, the standout is the Viognier, an off-dry white with notes of peach and apricot.
1853 Wrightstown Rd., Newtown; 215-493-6500 or crossingvineyards.com
RHODE ISLAND: GREENVALE VINEYARDS
Just five miles from downtown Newport, this 24-acre winery produces 3,500 cases of estate-grown reds and whites every year. The Skipping Stone White is one of its best blends--a crisp and bright combination of Cayuga and Vidal Blanc.
582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth; 401-847-3777 or greenvale.com
SOUTH CAROLINA: VICTORIA VALLEY VINEYARDS
Featuring traditional European Vinifera wines, this 47-acre winery is styled after a French château, with an elevation of 2,900 feet. Stop by the café for lunch and sample the Viognier.
1360 S. Saluda Rd., Cleveland; 864-878-5307 or victoriavalleyvineyards.com
SOUTH DAKOTA: PRAIRIE BERRY WINERY
This winery in the Black Hills of South Dakota produces bottles made from passed-down family recipes, including the award-winning Gold Digger semi-sweet white wine made from fresh pears.
23837 US-385, Hill City; 877-226-9453 or prairieberry.com
TENNESSEE: ARRINGTON VINEYARDS
Country music star Kix Brooks owns this 92-acre property known for Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Corot Noir and Vignoles. Try the White Chambourcin, a type of rosé with a silky smooth finish--perfect for summer.
6211 Patton Rd., Arrington; 615-395-0102 or arringtonvineyards.com
TEXAS: FALL CREEK VINEYARDS
This 400-acre growing site was purchased in 1975 and now features a 20,000-square-foot winery right in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The Meritus--the flagship bottle--is a must-taste blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
1820 County Rd. 222, Tow; 325-379-5361 or fcv.com
UTAH: CASTLE CREEK WINERY
With a view of the Colorado River’s best white water rapids, this winery’s western (and rugged) landscape actually yields 8,000 cases of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay each year. The Outlaw Red is a full-bodied favorite.
14 UT-128, Moab; 435-259-3332 or castlecreekwinery.com
VERMONT: SHELBURNE VINEYARD
The LEED-designed winery (started by a former IBM engineer) now features 17 acres of grapes, mainly hearty Minnesota hybrids, plus a small selection of Riesling and Vidal Blanc. The 2015 Harvest Widow’s Revenge is a semi-sweet red that pairs nicely with savory foods.
6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne; 802-985-8222 or shelburnevineyard.com
VIRGINIA: JEFFERSON VINEYARDS
This family-owned property (named for the president who was the first to plant vinifera grapes on Virginia soil) in Charlottesville produces traditional--and award-winning--European wines. The signature bottle? The Viognier, a balanced blend with just enough spice.
1353 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville; 434-977-3042 or jeffersonvineyards.com
WASHINGTON: LONG SHADOWS WINERY
This winery brings seven highly acclaimed vintners from the major wine regions of the world to Washington State to produce wines made from Columbia Valley AVA grapes. The Poet’s Leap Riesling is critically acclaimed by Wine Spectator.
1604 Frenchtown Rd., Walla Walla; 509-526-0905 or longshadows.com
WEST VIRGINIA: FORKS OF CHEAT WINERY
This winery--16 acres in size--produces a range of red, white, fruit and blush wines using a combination of French hybrid grapes and American varietals. The best blend comes in the form of a fruit-flavored blush wine called the Bad Cat Catawa.
2811 Stewartstown Rd., Morgantown; 304-598-2019 or wvwines.com
WISCONSIN: BOTHAM VINEYARDS
A tried-and-true vine-to-bottle winery, this Barneveld-based vineyard produces whites and reds, including the Uplands Reserve, an oak-aged red made from Marechal Foch grapes--and one that pairs perfectly with cheese.
8180 Langberry Rd., Barneveld; 608-924-1412 or bothamvineyards.com
WYOMING: TABLE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS AND WINERY
What started as a 300-vine vineyard now spans 10 acres of 12 different grape varieties including Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Valiant, Marechal Foch, Elvira and Marquette. You can’t go wrong with the Cowboy Reserve, a dry red made from the Frontenac variety.
Road 48, Torrington; 307-459-0233 or wyowine.com