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4 Winning winery destinations

Kristin Larson

Calling all wine lovers! Whether you prefer Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, here are four winery destinations that offer fantastic wines and comfy places to rest your head after a delightful day on your vineyard vacation.

Couple in vineyard

1Hopkins inn and Vineyard, Warren, CT

Come for the wine: This vineyard has been making wine for more than 30 years. Stay for the breathtaking scenery — the vineyard and inn are set high above charming Lake Waramaug in the Litchfield Hills of western Connecticut. The vineyard produces 11 different varieties of award-winning wines, including the full-bodied Cabernet Franc, $21, and the crisp Sparkling Wine, $23. The inn, which opened in 1847, has 11 antique-decorated rooms, many have views of the lake, and the Austrian-inspired on-site restaurant serves perfect-for-wine pairings like roast Duck à l’Orange and Wiener Schnitzel. A room with a private bath and lake view starts at $130.


2The Lakehouse Inn & Winery, Geneva, OH

The setting: Looking out over Lake Erie while enjoying a glass of wine from the house winery. Enter the Lakehouse Inn, located on the scenic southern shore of Lake Erie. The award-winning winery provides the perfect surroundings to enjoy wine and take in the gorgeous scenery. The winery produces something for everyone — from the white Pinot Grigio to dry, red Cabernet Franc, and everything in between. The bed and breakfast offers cozy décor, and some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. Rooms start at $135 on the weekends, breakfast included.


3The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, CA

Revel in the best of wine country without leaving the resort, even as you enjoy award-winning cuisine, wine tasting, vineyard views and a full-service spa situated in a wine cellar. Sample Trinitas Cellars’ latest wines, then dine at Siena, where chefs create a menu focused on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The luxury guestrooms include spacious marble baths, plush beds and comfy bathrobes, and many rooms offer large balconies. Rooms start at $425 per night.


4Summerwood Winery & Inn, Paso Robles, CA

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the winery produces small lots of premium wines sold exclusively at the estate. Set amid mature oak trees and rolling vineyards, it is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy what some consider the beverage of the gods. Recent releases include the 2004 Summerwood Private Reserve, $115, a varietal of Syrah, Petite Verdot, Grenache and Malbec, and Sentio V, $55, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The quaint inn features nine rooms, all with a gas fireplace and balcony. Guests can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres hour and a full breakfast each morning. Nightly room rates start at $279.


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