Ranked: 10 Emerging Wine Regions in the U.S.

Move over Napa and Sonoma,  up-and-coming wineries are making their mark in surprising areas across the country, from the islands of Hawaii to Arizona’s desert trails.

Ulupalakua, Hawaii

The only operating winery is Tedeschi Vineyards’ MauiWine, which produces wine from grapes as well as pineapple

Virginia Peninsula, Virginia

While some two-dozen grape varieties are growing in Virginia, many of the more classic grapes in the Virginia Peninsula include chardonnay, riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, and petit verdot.

Verde Valley, Arizona

Vineyard owners grow more than 40 different grape varieties for both white and red wines.

Lower Long Tom, Oregon

Part of the Willamette Valley Wineries, the Lower Long Tom AVA is a partnership of 12 wineries including High Pass and Benton-Lane.

San Luis Obispo Coast, California

Home to the San Luis Obispo Wine Collective of 30 member wineries, this emerging region is just five miles off the coast and is popularly known for its chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. 

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