Best Wineries in America judged by the - U.S. Open Wine Championship

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Napa, CA
T
o make wine at Stags’ Leap is to be aware of a legacy of winemaking that stretches back to the nineteenth century. With each vintage, care is taken to maintain the inherent character of this famous estate. Grapes are not picked until they have reached full phenolic maturity—i.e. fully ripe seeds and skins, not just appropriate Brix. This practice, requiring attentiveness in the vineyard as harvest nears, ensures that the characteristic big-but-soft Stags' Leap structure is allowed to fully develop.
 
Pride Mountain - St. Helena, CA
Pride Mountain Vineyards, often referred to simply as "Pride" and owned by Jim and Carolyn Pride, is situated at 2100’ on the top of Spring Mountain. Highly acclaimed for producing wines of exceptional character and concentration, the winery’s eighty acres of rugged mountain vineyards are planted to twenty-seven distinct vineyard blocks which span the crest of the mountaintop and enjoy a variety of exposures.

 

Shafer Vineyards - Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, CA
The first Shafer Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer.
 
Chateau St. Jean - Kenwood, CA
A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all your senses. You can begin by exploring our magnificent gardens that will make any visitor feel transported and awaken your sense of smell. As you wind your way through the gardens your path will lead you to our Visitors Center. Once inside, your taste buds will delight in the wine country treasures from superb Sonoma County wines and gifts in the Retail Room to delicious gourmet foods at the Charcuterie.
 
J Winery, Healdsburg, CA
J's mission is to create world-class wines reflecting the rich terroir of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley and to craft wines that enhance special moments in the lives of its customers. There are but a handful of places on earth where fine wine grapes flourish and the resulting wine is clearly exceptional. Sonoma County's Russian River Valley is brimming with such magic.
  

   
Benton-Lane Winery, Monroe, Oregon
Steve and Carol Girard have been owners of Benton-Lane sine 1988. Carol and Steve shared a passionate desire to produce great Pinot Noir but, after careful consideration, they decided their home state California was probably not the best place in which to make it. Instead they looked north towards Oregon where the cooler climate offered the possibility of producing Pinot Noir with better balance and structure, and more interesting flavors than they felt would be possible in California.
 
Canyon Road Winery -
Geyserville, CA
Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, the Canyon Road original, stone-and-redwood winery was once a railroad stop in the 1800's. Today, its picturesque setting, welcoming tasting room and, of course, its wines make Canyon Road a favorite destination among wine country visitors.  Surrounded by a stunning view of the vineyards, the winery makes a delightful stop for any wine country visitor. Pack a picnic lunch (our favorite is a crusty baguette, artisanal cheeses and fruit from the nearby Healdsburg farmers' market) and enjoy a glass of our award-winning wine on our delightful tasting room patio.
 
Bogle Vineyards - Clarksburg, CA
The success of Bogle over the years is firmly rooted in one thing: the day-to-day involvement of the Bogle family in the hands-on effort to produce and promote quality wines. Bogle Winery is tucked into the Sacramento Delta among 1,000 acres of vineyard land and sits along side of Elk Slough in Clarksburg, California. Our tasting room, which overlooks the Bogle Home Ranch.
 
Schramsberg Vineyards -  Calistoga, CA
Jack and Jamie Davies had decided they wanted to make wine, but not just any wine. They were setting out to produce "America's most prestigious, select and admired sparkling wine; chosen for special guests, special gifts, pampering one's self and expressing one's taste in unique products." They had a long road ahead of them. They saw the challenge of producing champagnes as a need to change ingrained mindsets. To many people, champagnes were just bubbles, not "real" wines. They intended to create wine with richness, not simplicity. They wanted the cuvees to be delicate and yet have individuality and style.
 
Chateau St. Michelle - Woodinville, WA (near Seattle)
Washington state's oldest and most acclaimed winery offers award-winning wines and a tasting experience second to none at our chateau and historic grounds near Seattle. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation. Honorable Mention
Delectus - Napa, CA
Darioush -
Napa, CA
Heitz Cellars - St. Helena, CA
Dominus Estate - Yountville, CA
Archery Summit - Dayton, OR

Rochioli Vineyards - Healdsburg, CA
Chateau Montelena Winery -  Calistoga, CA
Stony Hill Vineyard - St. Helena, CA
Peter Michael Winery - Calistoga, CA

Caymus Vineyard - Rutherford, CA 94573
 

 
The Giant Comerical Wineries

Beringer Vineyards - St. Helena, CA

Columbia Crest Winery - Paterson, Washington

Robert Mondavi Winery - Oakville, CA
E.&J. Gallo Winery 

 

Winery and Wine Web Sites

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Up-to-date coverage of the major wine regions of the world, information on new releases and over 300 ratings and reviews.

Wine & Spirits Magazine - Consumer magazine promoting the greater appreciation and enjoyment of wine and fine spirits. Features include articles on food and travel as well as results of the American Wine Competition, and restaurant and retail surveys.

Wine-Searcher.com - Wine-Searcher's daily updated database of 6521 wine merchants' price lists saves you money when buying wines. The site provides the fastest and easiest way to find who is selling a wine, to compare prices between wine stores, and to value wines.

USA Wines - Listing United States wines, wineries and shops. Also features regional maps, information on lodging, dining and events.

Niebaum Coppola Wine Estates - Offers a selection of wines plus information and a tour of the estate.

Avalon of Oregon - Oregon, Washington and Idaho wines and gourmet foods along with articles and reviews.

California Wine - Providing a selection of premium California wines.

New York Wine Cork - A guide to New York vineyards, with a list of wineries, calendar of events, news, tasting notes, and recipes.

Los Olivos Wine and Spirits Emporium -  Santa Barbara County wines.

Winetasting.com - California wineries offering products and information. News, events, and clubs.

WinoWorld.com -  Wines from Washington and the Pacific Northwest including Syrahs from Glen Fiona and Seven Hills wineries.

The Wine Reserve - California and limited production wines.

Signature Wines - A selection of US produced wines with custom labeling.

Villa Toscano -  Wines by a "Tuscan" winery in the Sierra Foothills of California.

Wine Online
 - A tasting Panel of wine industry professionals and culinary advisors.
 

This listing of the America's Best Wineries was compiled with the help from a Wine Group called Wine Addiction. This list is constantly being revised as we experience and learn about more of America's Great Wineries. So, if you feel you have a great idea and want to share it, please email us and let us know!