Top 5 Wineries to Visit This Fall
Autumn is full of crisp, clean air; cozy sweaters and a gorgeous color palette—and we're not just talking about the leaves.
Wineries all over North America are welcoming the fall harvest and a visit to these sprawling vineyards are the perfect way for groups to welcome the season.
From rocky to lush, from cold to temperate, each varying location has something different to offer groups in search of the perfect bottle.
Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn | Traverse City, Michigan
Situated directly on the 45th parallel halfway between the North Pole and the Equator—the same locale as the famous wine regions of France and Italy—Chateau Chantal in Traverse City is as scenic as they come. Groups can enjoy wine diners, cellar tours and more on the 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula.
Mission Hill Family Estate | West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
One of the Pacific Northwest's undiscovered gems, Mission Hill offers breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley wine country and award-winning wines. Groups can take part in signature tour experiences that are renowned for enriching the senses and satisfying curiosities, as well gain insight into the factors that make Okanagan wine country so special.
Northstar Winery | Walla Walla, Washington
Established in the early 1990s, Northstar Winery is passionate about demonstrating the potential of wine in Washington State. During the Northstar Blending Experience, groups are guided through a tasting of distinct wines from different regions of Washington. Then, using beakers, graduated cylinders and other winemaking equipment, groups compose their own one-of-a-kind bottle of Northstar—complete with a custom label.
Early Mountain Vineyards | Madison, Virginia
Nominated by Wine Enthusiast for Best American Winery in 2018, Early Mountain sits on land with a deep and rich history—having been originally owned by Revolutionary War veteran Lieutenant Joseph Early, who served under General George Washington at Valley Forge. Groups can enjoy a variety of current wine releases in the tasting room, along with some occasional live music.
Seavy Vineyard | St. Helena, California
Situated in the hills of Napa Valley, Seavy is a family-run vineyard with small-scale production and sky-high standards. Groups can enjoy experiences that honor the practices and traditions of the "Old Napa Valley"—such as a tour of the Seavy property or a private tasting in Founder Bill Seavy's old redwood-paneled office, with six hand-selected wines from the Seavy Family Library.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.
Photo courtesy of Chateau Chantal.