The statistics speak volumes: California is America’s No. 1 wine producer, producing 81 percent of U.S. wine sales. There are approximately 637,000 acres planted to wine grapes, making the Golden State the fourth-largest wine producer in the world. Not surprisingly, those endless rows of vines generate amazingly diverse wine tasting experiences—including everything from high-end pairings in the Napa Valley to neighborly barn tastings in Sonoma County to cave tours and winemaker chats from Mendocino County to Temecula. Start your research here and let your palate be your guide.
What You Need to Know About Visiting California Wineries
Here’s what to expect when you go to vineyards and tasting rooms across the state