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The best wine festivals tend to take place around harvest time, which is why September is designated California Wine Month! Early fall is the right time for grapes in the Sunshine State, and one of the best times of the year for Temecula wine tours as well.

Here in Southern California, we celebrate with a Temecula wine festival, as do plenty of wine growing regions across the United States. They are America’s best wine festivals taking place in the fall.

Maryland Autumn Wine Festival

Held the third weekend of October, this mid-Atlantic state’s Autumn Wine Festival takes place against the hiker-friendly natural reserve, Pemberton Historical Park, near the banks of the Wicomico River in Salisbury, Maryland. One of the east coast’s best wine festivals, it’s spread over two days, featuring more than a dozen Maryland wineries, plus food, games, and live music.

Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest

The best wine festivals take place in California, but some appellations in the central U.S. offer pretty great ones too. More than two dozen Texas vintners bring wines to taste at this annual festival celebrating the Texas Hill Country wine growing region, surrounding Fredericksburg in the central part of the massive state.

The late October event involves food, live music, and games including the Gargantuan Great Grape Toss (you don’t really toss grapes, but purple water balloons).

Denver International Wine Festival

The first weekend in November, thousands of foodies and oenophiles gather in the Rocky Mountains for three days of tastings from dozens of international wineries. The annual event kicks off with a night of wine and food pairings, including a competition among celebrated chefs to provide the best wine-friendly bites.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

More than 150 wineries from throughout the Sonoma wine growing region in northern California participate in the free, early October tradition, one of the largest and best wine festivals in the country.

Purchase tickets to attend any of myriad seminars, food pairings, and tastings, and don’t miss the World Championship Grape Stomp, where two person teams crush grapes the old fashioned way, using their feet to compete for a $1500 prize.

Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

The Northeast’s best wine festival is hosted each year on the scenic island of Martha’s Vineyard. For four days and nights, local seafood, produce, and — yes — wine. Unlike centralized festivals, the one at Martha’s Vineyard recognizes the best locale is the island itself, so festival events take place all over the island, with food and wine events hosted by restaurants, particularly in and around Edgartown, the third weekend of October.

Temecula Valley Crush

The best Temecula wine festival this fall is called Temecula Valley Crush. Scheduled on September 29th in 2018, the event is hosted by Monte De Oro Winery, but the vast majority of Temecula’s 40 wineries will be in attendance, pouring exceptional vintages, served alongside culinary treats provided by 15 of the region’s top restaurants.

The single day event highlights an excellent weekend for visiting Temecula Valley, leaving room for a day of terrific Temecula wine tours. Even if you can’t make it for one of the nation’s best wine festivals, Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours offer terrific, adventurous wine outings throughout California Wine Month, so any time is fine for a visit. For for more Jeep & Wine tour information, give us a call at (951) 240-6646 or schedule a tour.