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6 California Wine Destinations more affordable than Napa Valley

6 California Wine Destinations more affordable than Napa Valley

Move over coffee… this is a job for Wine. 

California produces 90% of the entire country's wine and one can only assume that there will be a lot of vineyards and wineries in the Golden State. More often than not, however, people only considers Napa Valley as the ultimate wine destination. Every year, thousands of tourist visits this area. If you are someone who enjoys taking their time, exclusivity or basically discovering new things then check out our list of up and coming wine destinations that you shouldn't miss.

  1. Lodi

Photo from Bokisch Vineyards

Photo from Bokisch Vineyards

https://www.visitlodi.com/blog/four-reasons-why-lodi-is-for-wine-lovers/

Lodi is California’s largest wine appellation, which means it produces more wine grapes than any other wine region in the state. The variety between brand new and decades old wine tasting room is very abundant but one thing they are really proud of have always remained the same, the "Lodi Wine Experience".

Home for 2018's Winemaker of the Year and 2015's Wine Region of the Year, Lodi is definitely a wine destination you shouldn't miss. A few of our favorite destinations for wine tasting are Oak Farm, Mettler, Acquisce, Lucas and Bokisch.

2. Los Olivos

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https://www.winecountry.com/businesses/18777/foxen-canyon-wine-trail-los-olivos

Vineyards, lavender farms, orchards, ranches and horse trails surround Los Olivos. This is a vibrant place to visit for a one-stop wine country experience. It’s a cool and laid-back place where locals sit on wooden porches and chat with friends and visitors; and most people wear jeans, cowboy boots and casual comfortable clothing.

If you're someone who enjoys taking their time and cultural experience while sipping wine, then make Los Olivos your next destination. A few of our favorite destinations are Beckman, Sarloos & Sons, Stolpman, and Tensley.

3. Paso Robles

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https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2017/01/three-perfect-days-paso-robles-california/

Paso Robles is the best wine region you’ve probably never heard of. With 45 wineries in 40,000 vineyard acres, you will surely find the taste you love or maybe found your new favorite bottle in this town. They even have some amazing upscale RV spots that allow you to bring your trailer, and then pop around town. Some of our favorite wineries are Halter Ranch, Cass, Daou, and Turley.

4) Temecula Valley Wine Country

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https://www.visitcalifornia.com/uk/attraction/temecula-valley-wine-country

There are so many choices for a wine country getaway and sometimes It’s tough to compete for attention when a town is close to both Los Angeles and San Diego. Temecula, more often than not, could be overlooked. But this is one thing that current trend is changing since this small town is now rising as one of the up and coming wine destination.

Home of hundreds of award winning wine, Temecula Valley Wine Country, invites you to their charming and friendly wine tasting rooms.

5. Malibu

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https://www.zola.com/shop/brand/malibu-wine-safaris

Located in the shadows of the Santa Monica Mountains, hugging a 30-mile expanse of the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, sunshine-soaked Malibu isn’t just your stereotypical California beach town. This laidback, upscale L.A. pocket is a haven for celebrities and surfers, but it’s for adventurous wine lovers, too.

With more than 50 wineries and six tasting rooms, Malibu is a nascent wine destination. After all, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau only bestowed the Malibu Coast with American Viticultural Area status (or AVA, making it an official wine-growing region) in 2014. A must see spot is Malibu Wines (includes a safari park!) .. it’s super family friendly.

6. Livermore

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https://discovercaliforniawines.com/discover-california/central-coast/livermore-valley/

Livermore Valley has 55 tastings rooms, many of which are small, family-run places that offer wine on par with the likes of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Santa Cruz Mountains. Wine is something that ages gracefully, and with generations of winemakers in Livermore, you can surely find the ultimate experience you've been looking for. Must see tasting rooms include Retzlaff, Wente, Concannon, and Cedar Mountain.

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