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Cabernet, Chardonnay & Camping

WineOctober means it’s harvest time for wineries across the country. Red or white, wine can help adults unwind during a relaxing camping trip. Many RV parks and campgrounds cater to the growing wine tourism culture, in traditional spots like California and more up and coming spots like Virginia.

 

California

California boasts some of the most historically prestigious wines and wineries in the United States. Wines from the state put the country on par with France as a wine producer back in 1976 during the famous Judgement of Paris.Top regions include Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Mendocino and Paso Robles.

 

Washington

More than 80 grape varietals are grown in Washington, which also boasts 43,000 acres of vineyards. The state is known for the Bordeaux style blends including Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in addition to Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Washington plays home to more than 850 wineries. Wine regions include the Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley.

 

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Oregon

Oregon is most known for its award winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, more than 16,000 tons were harvested in 2005. Overall, there are 303 wineries in Oregon that helped develop a tourism industry that sees 1.48 million visitors each year. Wine regions include: Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley and Columbia Valley

 

Virginia

Home to 16 wine regions, more than 25 wine trails and about 250 wineries of all sizes, Virginia is an unspoken haven for wine-os. Virginia wines have recently received national and international accolades. Historically, the first winery in Virginia was established by British settlers more than 400 years ago in Jamestown. Wine regions include: Blue Ridge highlands, Chesapeake Bay, Rocky Knob and Shenandoah Valley.

 

Michigan

Northern Michigan has been referred to as the Napa Valley of the northeast, and for good reason. As the “Cherry Capital of the World”, the landscape around Traverse City creates excellent cherries and wine production with the cooler temperatures. The region is known for sweeter red wines, dessert wine and white wines.