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Guide to Californian wineries

Visiting California wine country and plotting your course can be overwhelming with all of the great wineries California has to offer. Being able to narrow down regions and wineries can be of a huge help to a visitor looking to experience California wineries. By learning a bit about the different wine regions in California, a traveler will be able to experience the best of California wines without being overwhelmed by all of the options.

Key Takeaways:

  • With 130 separate American Viticultural Areas and over 1300 wineries, where do you start with tasting California’s wines?
  • A number of the Santa Cruz mountain wineries have tasting rooms in Santa Cruz itself at Swift Street Wineries, much easier than threading the mountain roads between the wineries themselves.
  • Although SoCal might not come immediately to mind when thinking of California wines, it was here that wine production was introduced to the state.

“With 130 separate American Viticultural Areas and over 1300 wineries, where do you start with tasting California’s wines?”

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