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.
Get to Know the Many Black-Owned Wineries in California
Success stories abound throughout the Golden State, from Napa and Sonoma to less likely destinations including Laguna Beach and San Diego County