Hidden Gem Wine Regions

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Away.com shares the top wine regions to visit across America.

    Amanda Lukoff: When fall's cooler temperatures beg you to get outside, a trip to the vineyard might be in order. At away.

    com we picked three great U.

    S. wine regions to put on your list for this harvest season.

    Oregon's Willamette Valley feels like Napa, but without the heat and crowds. This region is famous for its award-winning Pinot Noir grapes along with some great Pinot Gris and Rieslings. The valley is just up the road from the college town of Eugene and just south of bustling of Portland. So this trip can encompass more than just wine tasting, if you so choose.

    The Texas Hill Country might be known for its barbeque, but in the past few years it has also become famous for its wine. Just north of San Antonio and west of Austin the Hill Country brings in five million visitors each year. Some 30 wineries are scattered throughout the area, featuring warm climate varietals like Sangiovese and Syrah.

    When you think of Washington DC, you usually think politics, but just 25 miles west of the district; you'll find yourself in the wine country of Virginia. This state is home to nearly 200 wineries, but we'd suggest visiting Loudoun County near Washington Dulles Airport. Besides being beautiful horse country, this area boasts more than 30 boutique wineries; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Vinea are the some of the wines to savor.

    So book a room at a local Bread and Breakfast and head out on the wine trail.