5 Wine Getaways for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a time to show special affection to the people you love. Rather than the same old box of candy, show you care with an extended weekend of wining and dining. Surprise your sweetheart with a trip to a destination known for its stunning selection of vineyards. Even if you find yourself without a significant other this year, you can still bring along a dear friend and enjoy a tipsy tour at one of these top wine getaways:

Finger Lakes, NY

Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Situated in Upstate New York, the Finger Lakes are a series of reservoirs surrounded by an array of charming towns, such as Ithaca, Geneva, and Naples. Splashing waterfalls and pleasant parks aren't the only reason it's an excellent spot for a vacation on this romantic occasion. There are countless dining options, galleries, and museums scattered throughout the quaint villages, and many Finger Lakes bed and breakfasts offer special deals for the holiday.

The region is especially popular for its multitude of vineyards made lush by the damp soils and oceanic climate. In fact, the area has the largest acreage of vineyards in all of the U.S. You and your sweetie can explore them via a company such as Finger Lakes Winery Tours,or simply follow one of the several outlined paths, such as the Cayuga, Keuka Lake, and Canandaigua wine trails.

Willamette Valley, OR

 Willamette Valley, Ore.

If you're looking for a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, book a Willamette Valley inn and head to this Oregon region for a one-of-a-kind wine experience. The valley covers more than 3 million acres of land and is brimming with vine-filled fields. It has a unique landscape covered in fertile soils that feed off of sedimentary minerals created by Ice Age floods. You'll find that the pinot noir is the area's highlight, but many wineries also produce award-winning reds and roses. Among the most renowned producers in the area are Domaine Drouhin, Archery Summit Winery, and Carlton Winemakers Studio, and excursions through companies like Grand Cru Wine Tours will take you to these and other establishments.


Texas Hill Country

 Texas Hill Country

The Lone Star State's Hill Country attracts more than 5 million people each year, many who come to explore the nearly 40 wineries dispersed around the towns and villages, including Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and Austin—each with a distinct terroir and approach to wine making. Visitors staying at a Texas Hill Country bed and breakfast can take a self-guided tour of these producers: Start out at Stonewall's Becker Vineyards and make your way to William Chris Vineyards in Hye then through to the several cluttered together in Driftwood. If you don't feel like planning your own vino excursion, simply join in on one of the many tasting tours available, such as the 2014 Wine Lovers Trail.


Napa Valley, CA

 Napa Valley, Calif.

Last but not least on the top wine getaways in the country is California's Napa Valley. This stunning locale has a lot to offer couples seeking romance: lush, rolling hills, plenty of day spas, exquisite eateries, and plenty of delightful Napa bed and breakfasts. But it's perhaps best known for its vast array of vineyards and wineries lining the valley. During your weekend, trip, be sure to visit Castello di Amorosa,located in Calistoga. It's a majestic palace dating back to the 1200s, and its name actually means "castle of love." Another must-visit is Flora Springs—after a tasting, you can picnic out on the lush vineyard—and be sure to stop by to sample the flavors of Saint Clement, Beringer, and V. Sattui.

Many of the wineries around Napa Valley also host special events on Valentine's Day. For instance, Castello di Amorosa throws the renowned Royal Hearts Gala, which features a tasting room reception and gourmet, four-course dinner. You can even go on a special tour, such as the Napa Valley Wine Train's Valentine's Day experience.


Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, Va.

With plentiful Charlottesville inns,a rich colonial history, and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginia city has a lot to offer for your Valentine's Day vacation. It was once home to Thomas Jefferson, who is widely considered to have spearheaded the wine culture in Virginia. During your tour of the Vineyards of Charlottesville, be sure to make a stop by the Monticello American Viticultural Area, which was named after the Founding Father's former residence. The area produces more than 30 different varieties of grape and contains more than 20 vineyards. Some of the most popular include Flying Fox, Stone Mountain, and King Family.