Millennials and the new era of wine enthusiasts are turning to wine as their go-to beverage on evenings and weekends, and it's no surprise that they have their own preferences when it comes to the top wine regions in the world. Here are the top 5 wine regions, according to the younger generation of wine drinkers out there:
- Walla Walla Valley, Washington - Walla Walla Valley is known for its premium red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, and has been a favorite among millennials for its beautiful scenery, delicious wines, and abundance of wineries. The region's downtown core is home to nearly 50 tasting rooms, and the palatable price point for travel and lodging makes Walla Walla a must-visit for any young wine lover.
- Sonoma County, California - Sonoma County is known for its diverse range of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The region's warm climate and varied soils make it the perfect place to grow grapes, and many millennials enjoy visiting the wineries and tasting rooms to sample the region's famous wines.
- Finger Lakes, New York - Finger Lakes is known for its Riesling wines, and has been a fan favorite for its beautiful scenery, delicious wines, and abundance of wineries. The close-ish vicinity to NYC and other East Coast metro areas makes it a nice and easy weekend getaway. Go find a nice Riesling out here…you’re gonna love it.
- Willamette Valley, Oregon - Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir wines – which we think (ahem, *know*) are the best in the world. The close vicinity to Portland makes getting in and out of the greatest Pinot Noir region in the world pretty easy, and spending a day in Yamhill County will make you nice and happy while popping from winery to winery to explore the best of this Valley’s sweet nectar.
- Okanagan Valley, British Columbia - This one is a sleeper that you can’t sleep on any longer. Okanagan Valley is nestled alongside Okanagan Lake, a 90+ mile long lake that plays host to thousands upon thousands of water sport enthusiasts annually. If you love good wine, sun, and a little lake time, there’s no better place in the world to visit.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by each of these spots on the list. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a fun-filled vacation, or simply an opportunity to taste some of the best wines the US and Canada have to offer, these regions offer something for everyone. Go get out there!