Readers' Choice: Vote for your wine country favorites

Help us crown the best wine-centric tours, tastings, festivals, restaurants and hotels

In wine regions across the country, grapes are beginning to plump up on the vine; harvest season kicks off in August and continues on through October.

To celebrate this exciting time of year in the world of winemaking (and drinking), we’re asking our readers to help us crown our 2017 Readers’ Choice Winners for Best Winery Tour, Best Tasting Room, Best Wine Festival, Best Winery Restaurant and Best Wine Country Hotel.

You can vote once per day, per category. Voting closes on Monday, August 14 at noon ET, and the winners – chosen by your votes – will be announced on Friday, August 18 on

Click on each category below to cast your ballots:

Best Winery Tour

Tour and tasting in a vineyard — Photo courtesy of iStock / RossHelen

One of the best ways to enhance your appreciation for wine (and hone your palate) is to see firsthand how it’s made, from the vine to the bottle. Many wineries offer tastings, but some take visitors behind the scenes into the vineyards and production facilities for an in-depth look at how their wines are produced. 

Vote: Best Winery Tour

Best Wine Festival

Sunset at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival — Photo courtesy of Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Calling all wine lovers! These 20 events celebrate wine through eclectic tastings, live cooking demonstrations, innovative food pairings and celebrity appearances, all at some of the nation’s most beautiful venues. What’s your favorite wine festival?

Vote: Best Wine Festival

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Best Wine Country Hotel

Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif. — Photo courtesy of Kodiak Greenwood / Post Ranch Inn

There’s something undeniably romantic about a wine country escape and these 20 hotels, chosen by our panel of wine experts, set the scene for an idyllic wine-centric vacation in some of the nation’s best wine-producing regions.

Vote: Best Wine Country Hotel

Best Tasting Room

Pangloss Cellars — Photo courtesy of Pangloss Cellars

A stellar tasting experience is about more than just the wine (though that’s undeniably important). It’s about great wine enjoyed in a great space. Which U.S. winery has the best tasting room? You decide!

Vote: Best Tasting Room

Best Winery Restaurant

Wine and cheese plate — Photo courtesy of iStock / petrych

When paired well, wine and food have the ability to lift each other up, each enhanced by the other. These 20 U.S. wineries not only produce top-notch wines, they also operate excellent on-site restaurants where diners enjoy local cuisine, often made with local, seasonal ingredients, and paired with fantastic wines.

Vote: Best Winery Restaurant

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