The growth in wine tourism means that more people than ever are seeking out the best wine-country destinations, fusing their love for the wines themselves with the scenery, events and accommodations that make for a memorable trip. The well-known Napa Valley region, with its wine train adventure or its Lincoln Theater, offers almost countless perfect pairings, resulting in some $1.9 billion in tourist spending in 2016, about 70 percent of that on hotel accommodations. Yet what the Napa region has learned is that almost 80 percent of its 3.5 million guests are Americans. With so many wine destinations emerging across the country – some right next door – they might want to check out Idaho, Michigan or Texas.
Here are the Top 5 surprise destinations to think about when planning wine tourism travel.