Winery Chateau Julien's white European-style building with a turret.

The Best of Carmel Valley Wineries

Its tiny size necessarily limits the number of vineyards and wineries that can set up shop in the Carmel Valley. But this small, charming wine region makes for a perfect wine-tasting day trip from Carmel, Monterey, or even Big Sur.

Sunlight bathes rows of grape vines in a Sonoma Valley vineyard.

The Best of Napa & Sonoma

Visiting California Wine Country can be a dizzying proposition, and that’s even before the first bottle has been opened. Here are suggestions for one- or two-day trips that make the most of Napa and Sonoma.

A dark bottle with a label reading Page Springs Cellars in the foreground while vines are visible in the background.

The Verde Valley Wine Trail

The Verde Valley Wine Trail travels from the banks of Oak Creek in Page Springs to the mountainside town of Jerome. With tasting rooms open year-round, you’ll discover an astonishing number of varietals along this route. Kathleen Bryant shares a helpful list of the best stops on the way.

Rows of grape vines on a clear day with mountains off in the distance.

Ruta del Vino de Casablanca in the Chilean Heartland

Midway between Valparaíso and Santiago, several wineries have united to promote the Casablanca valley, one of Chile’s fastest-growing and most accessible wine regions. Best known for its whites, the Ruta del Vino de Casablanca enjoys a cool oceanic climate, though afternoons can get warm. As nearly all the wineries are on or near Ruta 68, they are convenient to public transportation; several have accommodations and restaurants.