Aaron Mendoza
December 5, 2012 | MIscellaneous Wine Fun! , Wine Country Travel | Aaron Mendoza

Winter Wonderland: Top 5 Holiday Vacation Wineries

Congratulations, you've made it through Fall! But with the December holidays shortly on the horizon you know you are going to need a break from the family, the food, and worst of all, the shopping. Now, imagine this: it's a cool December day, you've escaped the mall and the kids, and you are sitting in a warm Napa Valley tasting room, sampling beautiful California wines, having the time of your life. Touring & Tasting wants to help you make this daydream become reality. Without further ado, we present our Top 5 Holiday Vacation Wineries:

Sweet Cheeks Winery (Oregon)

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it might be hard to remember that mashed potato filled day, but we'd bet you had at least one good Pinot Noir. While we won't recommend the mashed potatoes and gravy again, we certainly recommend visiting Sweet Cheeks Winery for some award-winning Oregon Pinot Noir. The warm and beautifully designed tasting room overlooks Oregon's Crow Valley, offering visitors stunning natural landscapes. If you are looking for rich Oregon wines to warm even the coldest of winter days, look no further than Sweet Cheeks Winery in Eugene, OR.

Sweet Cheeks Wine Cellar

Falkner Winery (Temecula)

Maybe the Fall has been a little too cold this year and you need some sunshine. Why not enjoy the warmth of Southern California while enjoying some delicious Temecula wines? In the heart of the Temecula Valley wine country, Falkner Winery comes to the rescue. Serving warm, delicious California wines year round, Falkner Winery greets guests with expertly prepared wine cuisine, free Sunday Jazz concerts and wine appreciation classes. If you are a wine lover looking for a warm escape from the cold winter months, Falkner Winery is pouring California sunshine all winter long.

J. Bookwalter Winery (Washington)

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful this time of  the year. Cold days, snow fall and warm wines create  perfect winter wine tasting experiences. Named Winery of the Year, by Wine Press Northwest in 2005, J. Bookwalter Winery has a history of excellently produced Washington wines. The winery's friendly staff and beautiful grounds create a wine tasting experience that locals and visitors will soon not forget. Live music, a bistro and fun tasting experiences make J. Bookwalter the perfect winter getaway.  

Appetizers from JBistro

Chateau St. Jean (Sonoma)

Exquisite architecture, beautiful gardens and a storied history of winemaking make Chateau St. Jean the complete Sonoma County wine country experience. Voted Best Wine Tasting Room by NorthBay Biz in 2009, Chateau St. Jean greets guests with a French inspired estate, surrounded by perfectly groomed gardens and stunning views. While the beautiful grounds might distract some, the heart of the winery is in winemaking. Excellently produced wines from Winemaker of the Year (2009) Margo Van Staaveren define Chateau St. Jean's wine tasting experience.  


Stags' Leap (Napa)

It has been a very long Fall and with Thanksgiving celebrations finally finished, it is time to treat yourself. What better way to relax and enjoy the Winter months than with a glass of Napa Valley wine? Stags' Leap upholds the reputation of the Napa Valley with elegant wines and a stunning winery experience. The history of the winery's Manor House is worth the trip to Stags' Leap alone; add award-winning Napa Valley wine to the visit and you have the perfect Napa Valley experience.

Stag's Leap Winery Manor House

From the cold chill of the Pacific Northwest, to the warmth of the Temecula Valley, these 5 wineries are the perfect getaway for any wine lover. The holidays can be long and tiring, but a visit to any of these wineries, with a glass of wine and good company can turn that winter gloom into Christmas warmth. So treat yourself and escape for one day and when you come back home you will be rested and ready to face the fun and excitement of the coming winter months!


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Michael Gregory
@ Dec 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM
Sweet Cheeks is a client favorite. One of Sunshine Limo Service & Wine Tours favorite stops!

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