Best vineyards to visit in California

While driving through the scenic valleys and rolling hills of California, spoil yourself and stop off at one of the local wineries. It makes for a relaxing day out that will leave you feeling both well-educated and inspired afterwards. Here are a few top vineyards that should not be missed while you are in California.

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Starting in western Santa Ynez Valley in Lompoc, Melville Winery and Vineyards welcomes guests with a breathtaking mediterranean-style estate. This place is renowned for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and both can be enjoyed by wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. There are beautiful picnic spots throughout the vineyards too, so pack your picnic basket and enjoy a stunning view overlooking rolling hills.

Ridge Vineyards is located in Cupertino in the heart of Silicon Valley. Proudly holding the title of "Sonoma County’s largest grower of organic grapes", this place is unlike any other vineyard in the State. 75% per the winery’s electricity over the year is sourced from renewable energy, specifically the solar powered roof on site. A thorough vineyard tour followed by an Estate tasting that will leave you feeling refreshed is highly recommended.

Foxen Vineyard and Winery stretches over 2,000 acres of ranch land and is known for sustainably farmed wines amongst many other things. This winery gives you a choice of 2 tasting rooms, each offering different wines, with The Shack is the original tasting room where visitors can have a more rustic experience. The Solar Powered winery is just down the road and is best known for its Pinots.

The French style estate, Domaine Carneros Winery can be found in the Napa Valley. Those of you who enjoy champagne or sparkling wine absolutely have to make a stop to this vineyard. Unlike most other wineries, there is table seating available with waiting service during your wine tasting.

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