Best Wineries in America


I’m still waiting for my shipment of Foreplay from the Naked Winery. The South Dakota vineyard doesn’t exactly make the finest tasting wine but who wouldn’t want a bottle of Penetration displayed on their rack? It’s not surprising that South Dakota can’t outrank California (or even place on the list) as the wine capital of the country, but it does go to show that wine is fermenting in all 50 states.

The wineries on this list were nominated by sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateur. After the master list was made, the experts returned to vote on the finalists based on wine quality, consistency, and value. The whole list has 101 wineries on it but since I’m not a winesnob I figured 20 was good enough on this blog.



1. Ridge Vineyards — Cupertino, California

2. Au Bon Climat Winery — Santa Maria, California

3. Calera Wine Company — Mt. Harlan, California

4. Littorai Wines — Sebastopol, California

5. Woodward Canyon Winery — Lowden, Washington

6. Dunn Vineyards — Angwin, California

7. Heitz Cellars — St. Helena, California

8. Matthiasson Winery — Napa Valley, California

9. Sandhi Wines — Santa Barbara, CA

10. Copain Wine Cellars — Healdsburg, CA

11. Tablas Creek Vineyard — Paso Robles, California

12. Caymus Vineyards — Rutherford, California

13. Chateau Montelena — Calistoga, California

14. Domaine Drouhin Oregon — Dayton, Oregon

15. Shafer Vineyards — Napa, California

16. Corison Winery — St. Helena, California

17. Duckhorn Vineyards — St. Helena, California

18. Bonny Doon Vineyard — Santa Cruz, California

19. Schramsberg Vineyards — Calistoga, California

20. Robert Sinskey Vineyards — Napa, California



  • Thank you for the mention. It is an honor to be in such great company. Best wishes from Healdsburg.


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