Wine. It’s the drink of the gods, and here in the US, we have an endless array of world-class vineyards to choose from. Why not combine your favorite libation with a little bit of dirt too? Camping in wine country is the perfect pairing, so prime for a little wilderness and a fine glass of America’s finest fermented grapes.
Camping in Wine Country, USA
Thousands of vineyards smash grapes across the country, and chances are, you live within driving distance of at least one. Here are our favorite five from California to Virginia:
Sterling Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
The only way to reach Sterling Vineyards is by cable car. Ride the car to the top of the hill, and enjoy the view from the Sterling View Terrace while you indulge in the latest wines. There are varying levels of admission to the winery, including a self-guided tour. Wander various art collections and explore the winery grounds.
Camp at the nearby Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. The park boasts a spring-fed swimming pool along with several yurts you can rent. There are 30 tent and RV sites in the park with potable water, bathrooms, and showers.
Chateau Morrisette in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
The Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia has an awesome array of wineries to choose from. We love Chateau Morrisette. Every year, this winery hosts a lineup of special events, including the Black Dog Country Music Festival and the Black Dog Beach Music Festival. Wine tours and a fine dining experience will have you lapping in the luxury. Chateau Morrisette offers a dog-friendly atmosphere, so go ahead and bring Fido for the fun.
Sweet, abundant camping exists at the Rocky Knob Campground. There are 32 RV Sites and 78 tent sites at Rocky Knob, though you’ll have to find a way to supply your own electricity. This ideal location is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the Blue Ridge area.
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery Traverse City, Michigan
Relax on the Upper Deck, an above-the-ground patio dining at Brys Estate Vineyard. Catch a bird’s-eye view of the vineyard while enjoying a glass of wine and some nosh. Walk the bridge to capture the perfect photos of this sprawling property. Located near Traverse City, this winery takes luxury to a whole new level. You can make your own wines, or discover the lavender fields of their Secret Garden.
Camping in wine country at the Timber Ridge Recreation Resort will keep you entertained between tastings. This sprawling facility is built with the luxury adventurer in mind. Stay in one of the countless tent and RV sites, or glamp in style with a luxury yurt rental. You can rent turbo bikes, fat bikes and even golf carts to roam the property. Commune with fellow campers at the bike park or common areas.
Brooks Wine in Amity, Oregon
Known for their Pinot Noir, the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier wine region. Brooks Wines provides a modern winery experience with an array of tours and dining options to cater to your every need. You can even arrange a custom experience for you and your closest friends.
For camping, check out Detroit Lake State Park Campground. This spot hosts a plethora of amenities including overnight mooring for boats while you’re camping, and there’s a general store in case you forgot any of the essentials. Detroit Lake has a variety of water activities, including fishing, boating and swimming. All RV sites come with complete hookups including water and sewage.
Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes, New York
Craving some BBQ while camping in wine country? Fox Run hosts an awesome dinner near town with local BBQ legend Nickel’s Pit BBQ. If meat isn’t your thing, stop by Fox Run Vineyards for their Grapes, Griddles, and Fiddles. This event pairs wines with delicious, homemade grilled cheese on the vineyard grounds. Top the experience off with some live fiddle music and feel the groove of summer. This event happens on select dates in July and August.
Letchworth State Park is a bit of a drive, but rated one of the best state parks in the country and well-worth the visit. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” this spot is a must-see for anyone in the Finger Lakes region. Plenty of cascading waterfalls and lush forests are there for your hiking enjoyment. Other activities include rafting, shopping, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, and more. There is a boat launch within ten miles of the park if you are hauling a water toy, and the campsite hosts a large array of amenities including showers, water fill-ups, dump station, picnic tables, and toilets.