A Road Trip through California’s Gold Country Wineries

Almost every corner of the Gold Country now has wineries and tasting rooms offering homegrown estate vino to visitors. Fun and unpretentious, these wineries often feature vintners working in their own tasting rooms. Christopher Arns shares some of the best options for wine tasting in the Gold Country.

Santa Barbara Wine Country

At the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country are the towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Maria. These small farming communities are often overlooked in favor of the surrounding beach communities, but they have much to offer travelers. Learn about their history, lifestyles, and more.

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.

Taking the Low Road to Taos from Santa Fe

When going from Santa Fe to Taos, this route is a more direct one than the high road, with fewer stopping points and the reward of a dramatic view. The lush farmland around the Rio Grande is the highlight of this drive north—the valley filled with apple orchards is as green as New Mexico gets.