California's wonderful year-round weather is as good for our wine as it is for our visitors. Many of us Californian's have enjoyed wine for years in the comfort of our homes or at our favorite restaurants. However, California provides the unique ability for us to go directly to the source.
Wine tourism is one of the best ways to learn about the people, culture, heritage, and customs of a specific region. Getting out and visiting wine producers provides contact with local farmers and artisans who care deeply about the area. Wine growers are farmers, and their perspective on the local area, and life in general, tends to be different from other locals typically encountered while traveling. But spending several days visiting the area, chatting with the wine makers and growers, and eating the local cuisine (which has evolved together with the wine for the two to perfectly complement each other) will provide an exceptional context for the wine and give deep insight into why and how the wine turned out the way it did...all the while visiting some of the most spectacular scenery California has to offer.
- North Coast
- Central Coast
- Sierra Foothills
- Inland Valleys
- Southern California
- Far North Coast
- Shasta Cascade
Meet the Grapes - So much diversity in terroir means there's a perfect place to grow nearly every kind of grape. In fact, you'll find more than 100 varieties across the state, giving our winemakers the latitude to create complex varietals and unique, expressive blends. Explore different varietals at California Wine Institute.
Wine 101 – The Wine Institue will make your way around the California wine world much easier when you know the basics.
Wine & Food – Check out these great pairings at California's Wine Institute.
Content provided courtesy the Wine Institue and Discover California Wines