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Affordable & under-the-radar, these American Viticultural Areas should be on lists for spring trips

Top 10 AVAs for Great Value Wine Retreats

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Dreaming of a springtime escape to a wine region? Spring brings milder weather, fewer crowds, and the first blooms of the year—making it a prime and particularly picturesque season for enotourism. Plus, with Mother's Day just around the corner on May 12, there's no better time to treat a loved one to a vivifying vacation amongst the vines.

To help travelers find some top options for great value wine region destinations, HomeToGo filtered through the data and harvested insights about the most budget-friendly AVAs in the U.S.A. for the month of May.

Whether you're interested in a restful retreat for yourself, or looking for a thoughtful gift for a special mom on Mother's Day, it's time to discover the top stateside destinations for savvy sipping. Read on to explore the 10 most affordable AVAs for springtime trips:

1. Lehigh Valley AVA, Pennsylvania

Characterized by gentle rolling hills and lush farmland, the Lehigh Valley AVA is undeniably scenic. Here, every turn offers a new discovery—from award-winning wineries to spirited outdoor adventures. Sample the unique flavors of local Chambourcin, get lost in the rustic charm of family vineyards, and ignite your adventurous spirit with activities along the serene Lehigh River.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $122.96

2. Monticello AVA, Virginia

Nestled in the heart of Virginia, the Monticello AVA is set against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named Wine Enthusiast’s 2023 Wine Region of the Year, this location is celebrated for its diverse terroir and variety, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Viognier grown in the area. Follow the Monticello Wine Trail, and dive into the area's beauty with tours of family-run wineries.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $143.10

3. Umpqua Valley AVA, Oregon

Venture into Oregon's hidden gem, the Umpqua Valley, where wild forests meet lush vineyards, and more than 40 varieties of grape grow surrounded by captivating vistas. Learn about the AVA's microclimates, which produce refined Pinot Noirs and crisp Chardonnays in the north, with sumptuous Tempranillos to the south. For day trips out into nature, the Crater Lake National Park is situated nearby.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $215.18

4. Livermore Valley AVA, California

Dive into the welcoming wine scene of Livermore Valleya sun-kissed spot offering everything from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, crafted by the legacy of the oldest wine region in the state. Whether you're attending a 'Wine Wednesday' event or enjoying a quiet hike through its scenic trails, Livermore invites you to discover its many treasures.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $223.66

5. Santa Clara Valley AVA, California

Situated by California's Central Coast, the Santa Clara Valley AVA stands out as a premier wine destination in the heart of Silicon Valley. With a primarily Mediterranean climate, the region is renowned for its exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It boasts more than 60 tasting rooms, which host events ranging from paint and sip nights to live music and sunset wine tastings.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $240.62

6. Lodi AVA, California

Embrace the unhurried charm of Lodi, an AVA east of the San Francisco Bay celebrated for its earthy old vine Zinfandels. Here, wine lovers can explore rustic wineries and vibrant festivals. Away from the vineyards, visitors can stroll through historic downtown, relax in scenic parks, and experience the genuine hospitality that defines the destination.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $240.62

7. Santa Ynez Valley AVA, California

Escape to the enchanting Santa Ynez Valley, where vineyards stretch under the California sun, offering the perfect retreat for those seeking both serenity and refinement. With sophisticated wineries producing stellar Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this area offers exceptional tastings and tranquility. The nearby town of Solvang, with its quaint Danish architecture, is also a charming must-see.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $368.88

8. Shenandoah Valley AVA, Virginia

Explore the Shenandoah Valley, cradled between the Appalachian and Allegheny Plateaus to the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east. Indulge in the flavors of the region's renowned Norton and Viognier wines, each sip a testament to the valley's distinct terroir. Embark on outdoor adventures such as hiking along scenic trails and cycling through picturesque countryside.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $415.52

9. Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Oregon

Experience the heart of Oregon wine country in Yamhill-Carlton. This destination is renowned for its exquisite Pinot Noirbut the area offers more than exceptional wines alone. With breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley, it invites guests to drink in and savor the beauty of their surroundings. Vacationers visiting during the month of May can add the AVA's Memorial Weekend Open House to their calendars.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $418.70

10. Anderson Valley AVA, California

Uncover the untamed beauty and sublime wines of Anderson Valley. Known for its cool, coastal climate and towering redwoods, it's an area in which the production of New World sparkling wine thrives. Pop the bubbly, explore boutique wineries, relish the local cuisine, and lose yourself in the natural splendor that makes Anderson Valley a true gem.

Median price per night for a vacation rental in May via HomeToGo: $440.43

Mapped: The 10 Top Most Affordable AVAs for Springtime Escapes

Price insights are based on exclusive HomeToGo data, looking at searches carried out via with a check-in date during May 2024. Prices were collected in April 2024 and are subject to change.

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