The East Coast’s wealth of thriving, lush vineyards has made it a destination for wine enthusiasts all over the globe. These East Coast regions are flourishing with abundant grape production, gorgeous vineyards and comfortable accommodations for the perfect wine vacations with friends or family:
Finger Lakes, New York
The Finger Lakes has earned a distinguished reputation among wine connoisseurs as one of the best wine regions in the country. The region’s five lakes are surrounded by rich, fertile farmland and a microclimate perfect for harvesting flavorful, color-rich grapes.
Home to over 100 wineries, you’ll find a number of high-concentrated winery regions with lake views and activities, quaint villages, nature trails and stunning luxury accommodations on the grounds. April through December is the best time to visit this region for a wine tasting weekend getaway.
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Virginia has emerged as the fifth-largest wine producer in the U.S., with some of the most celebrated wineries on the East Coast. The Shenandoah Valley offers a plethora of award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries to spice up your winery weekend trip. Enjoy sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains from the stunning tasting rooms and elegant patios while sipping a glass of Virginia wine. You’ll find several vineyards with upscale lodging for a relaxing weekend escape with friends.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport’s picturesque marinas, stunning coastlines, Gilded Age mansions, Colonial architecture, and whimsical villages make it a popular East Coast vacation destination. The coastal city is also a haven for wine lovers, with several local vineyards overlooking breathtaking acreage of conserved land. Whether you’re traveling with your significant other or a group, Newport makes for one of the best wine vacations on the East Coast with plenty to keep you busy. The best time to visit Newport’s wineries is during late spring and early autumn.
Dahlonega Plateau, Georgia
The Dahlonega Plateau region in Georgia is a newly recognized wine destination, with a well-established scenic wine trail along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region features premier wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms with impressive panoramic views of green rolling hills and ancillary offers, including exquisite dining options, events, trails and live music. Many of Georgia’s wineries provide lodging for guests on resort-like campuses with luxury amenities for a pleasurable wine-centered getaway.