Sorry, Napa Valley. Apologies, Sonoma Valley. The Hill Country crushes these two high-profile California destinations (like a grape) in a new ranking of the best wine regions.
The Hill Country lands at No. 3 in the 2021 USA Today Top 10 Readers’ Picks awards for the top 10 wine regions. Nine regions in the United States and one region in Mexico made the list, with Washington state’s Walla Walla Valley taking the top spot. Neither Napa Valley nor Sonoma Valley appear in the top 10.
A panel of experts teamed up with 10Best editors to select the first nominees. Online voters determined the 10 winners.
“The Hill Country is such a special place for all of us, and we’re thrilled to share it with the world, thanks to all of the Texas wine lovers who voted for the region this year,” said January Wiese, executive director. of Texas Hill. Country Wineries, a non-profit trade group.
Around 1 million people visit the Hill Country over 50s cellars every year. Covering more than 9 million acres, the Hill Country is the third largest wine region in the country, producing such types of wine as Viognier, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, aglianico, sangiovese and mourvèdre.
The 10Best Nod isn’t the only accolade Hill Country has garnered recently. For example, Travel + Leisure magazine named Hill Country one of the top 50 places in the country to visit in 2021.