Updated: Jul 12
Yes, vineyards are beautiful to visit. But what if you're looking for a wine experience that is a little more unique and off the beaten path? Here are a few unique wine trips that are sure to impress your friends.
1. Wine Trail Excursions
We'll get this one out of the way because it does include vineyard trips. There are a few great wine excursions across the U.S. that allow you to visit a bunch of wineries in a short amount of time. Rent a limo to chauffer you around the Connecticut Wine Trail, bounce around the Finger Lakes, drink wine in Texas, or taste what Iowa has to offer.
2. Spelunking for Wine
Earn your wine tasting by joining an expedition deep inside the caves of Saint-Marcel-d’Ardèche cave.
3. Wine Classes
Are you a lifelong learner interested in expanding your wine knowledge? Get after it with these online classes, courses, and programs.
4. Paint + Wine
Who doesn't like drinking wine while trying to mimic the art done by a professional? Spend hours of fun laughing at your friends who can't paint or being the butt of jokes when your sunset looks like a finger painting done by a child. These paint nights are everywhere, so there's no need to list them. Use Google!
5. Largest Wine Collection
Milestii Mici Winery holds the Guiness Book of World Records for a collection of nearly 2 million bottles of wine. Their tour of the wine city takes nearly an hour to complete, but a lunch awaits you at the end.
6. Wine Military Base
The Sottomarino Winery in San Francisco is a former military base in Treasure Island. The USS Buttercup submarine has been transformed into a two-level winery on the waterfront.
7. "Sideways" Movie Tour
Pretend you're Paul Giamatti as you trace the steps of him in Sideways through Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
8. Wine Museums
Looking for a low-key day out of the sunlight and air conditioned? Take in one of these ten wine museums around the world.
9. Birthplace of Wine
Go back to where it all started 6,000BC in Georgia (no, not that Georgia!). Visit Kakheti and its Telaviand Kvareli regions to learn the rich history of winemaking.
10. City Winery
Take in some tunes while sipping back wine at a local City Winery. Great ambiance, intimate setting, and wines.