It’s all about the West Coast when it comes to American wines, according to a new report. And while Napa and Sonoma counties of course rank high, Alameda County is also a prominent destination for vinophiles.
That’s according to a recent study by SmartAsset, which ranked the 25 best U.S. counties for wine in 2017 based on concentration, number, and quality of wineries. More than half of those counties are located in California, with Napa and Sonoma ranking No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Those two counties also have the most total wineries in the nation, as well as the highest concentration.
Other Golden State counties that landed in the top 10: San Luis Obispo (No. 4 and one of my favorite destinations), Alameda (No. 6) and Santa Barbara (No. 7). The Pacific Northwest claimed the top two spots, with Yamhill County, Oregon ranking No 1. and King County, Washington at No. 2. I recently traveled to the #8 spot Walla Walla Washington, and can say the wines here were OUTSTANDING. Worth a visit for the beauty of the region and the absence of crowds!