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- 0 0Published on Oct 28, 2015
Calling all wine lovers: have we got a challenge for you! We’ve compiled a list of the top wineries you will pass as you’re traveling along Route 66. We’ve listed one winery from each state that Route 66 crosses, and trust us, you will not want to miss these under-the-radar attractions! Channel your inner wine connoisseur and start planning your Route 66 Wine Walk today!
1. Lynfred Winery, Roselle, IL
Set just outside of Chicago, the Lynfred Winery was founded by an Illinois native who refused to give up on his homeland’s potential to be a wine territory. The tasting room in Roselle is set in an idyllic, ivy-covered home that is just as breathtaking as it is inviting. This home also serves as a bed and breakfast for those travelers wanting to make a stay out of their visit. Whether you’re just driving through or stopping in for a bit, Lynfred Winery is the place to go in the Chicago area.
2. Montelle Winery, Augusta, MO
Montelle Winery is compared to a hilltop getaway with great wine. Located just outside of St. Louis, MO, the variety of soils and microclimate make this land perfect for growing wine grapes. This region was nationally recognized in the early 1900’s for its wine before the prohibition era, but the vineyards itself wasn’t established until 1970. Montelle Vineyards was the first winery in Missouri to also have a distillery, and they offer their visitors a variety of fruit brandies in their tasting rooms. The pinnacle of the wine tasting experience at Montelle Vineyards is enjoying some of their recommended food pairings while sitting on their wood patio overlooking the sprawling hills of the Missouri countryside. If you go when the leaves are turning in the Fall, this will be a travel experience you’ll never forget!
3. Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Edmond, OK
Offering 9 different wine selections from their vineyards, Clauren Ridge is the winery to visit in Oklahoma. It has a viewing room where visitors can actually watch the grapes being crushed and fermented during season, too. Clauren Ridge prides itself on being the only vineyard in the state to have a wine cave. This cave features two different rooms primarily used for aging the wine in oak barrels, but also used for tastings, wedding receptions, and exclusive events. This is one vineyard you won’t want to miss!
4. Bar Z Winery, Amarillo, TX
Though it’s only 5 years old, Bar Z Winery in Amarillo is quickly gaining a reputation for itself. This particular vineyard received raving reviews from an RV couple who stopped through while on their travels. The winery overlooks the sweeping panhandle prairies and canyons, and is the perfect place to sip wine while watching a classic Texas sunset. Bar Z does not grow its grapes on the property, but prides itself on using only Texas grown grapes. Everything's bigger in Texas, right? Hopefully that applies wine glasses and pours, too!
5. Gruet Winery, Albuquerque, NM
This winery is responsible for putting both New Mexico wines and sparkling wines on the map in the SouthWestern region of America. Established by a frenchman in the 1980’s, Gruet Winery produces 9 different sparkling wines, two Chardonnays, and two Pinot Noirs. This winery has won countless awards and is currently celebrating its 25th year of operation. What better time to stop in and experience Gruet Winery for yourself!
6. Grand Canyon Winery Williams, AZ
This winery prides itself on serving local grapes from the “amAZing” Arizona countryside. While this location has more of a tasting room feel than a vineyard feel, they serve wines and craft beers all locally grown that will give you a true taste of Arizona. This family-owned company encourages their visitors to “travel far, but drink local” and are located right on Route 66. Grand Canyon Winery would be the perfect stop after a full day of exploring the Grand Canyon.
All Valley RV Center
As you finish up your Route 66 Wine Walk, come in and see us at All Valley RV in Acton, CA. We will be happy to give your our favorite California vineyards to visit in addition to any RV assistance you may need. Cheers!