Tour West Coast Wineries and Vineyards

Check out these tips to plan your West Coast wine country trip with online banking

From the lush northern hills of Washington wine country down to Napa Valley in California, the many wineries and vineyards of the West Coast are a perennial draw for good reason. With breathtaking scenery and a pleasantly mild climate, the West Coast attracts both seasoned wine connoisseurs and casual vacationers alike. Whether you're looking to grow your wine collection or simply sip pinot noir on a picturesque hillside, the West Coast wine country has something for everyone. Take a look at our tips for planning a memorable tour of West Coast wineries and vineyards, and then learn more about how you can apply for a checking account online with Citizens Bank to manage the financial aspects of your vacation.

Start planning your tour of West Coast wineries by considering these important details

More expansive and numerous than the wineries of the East Coast and boasting different varietals of grapes, the West Coast vineyards span almost the entire Pacific coast. To help you narrow down what you want to see, here are some questions to ask yourself when planning a West Coast wine-tasting adventure:

  • What are you looking for in a vacation? With each area having a distinct feel and selection of attractions, it's a good idea to define what you're looking for in a trip, aside from the wine, before deciding where to travel. If you're interested in visiting more well-known West Coast wineries, you'll likely find everything you're looking for in Napa Valley, the unofficial capital of California wine country. However, if you want to go off the beaten path, you might want to consider some of the quaint, family-owned vineyards of Washington or Oregon wine country.

  • What types of wines do you prefer? Each West Coast vineyard will have its own specialties, and some wineries only serve a specific type of wine. If there's nothing you love more than a chilled glass of chardonnay, you may want to skip vineyards known for producing an award-winning merlot. Be sure to look into which wines are served at different wineries ahead of time so you aren't sampling a wine you dislike.

  • Do you want a structured or flexible itinerary? Many companies offer convenient West Coast winery packages that provide your schedule, destinations and accommodations. Though this may be a cost-effective way to traverse the area, some visitors prefer to explore at their own pace. Whether you decide to cruise up and down the coast at your leisure or to leave the details of the trip to a tour group, it's important to accurately anticipate the travel costs ahead of time.

Start your trip planning with this sampling of West Coast wineries and vineyards

You may already have a few favorite wineries you want to visit, like the Chateau Montelena winery featured in the film 'Bottle Shock.' However, if you're not sure where to start, the following represent just a small sample of the exciting and diverse West Coast wineries and vineyards you could visit:

  • Demetria Estate, Los Olivos, California: One of the most picturesque places to taste wine in Santa Barbara, Demetria Estate offers panoramic views of California wine country. Sit back and relax on an expansive patio and take in the vista with a glass of their exemplary red wine.

  • Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga, California: Acrophobic wine aficionados, beware: This Napa Valley vineyard boasts a tasting room that is only accessible by aerial tram! Make sure to save time for a hike in the nearby Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where you can experience the pre-vineyard flora of Napa Valley.

  • King Estate Winery, Eugene, Oregon: Health-conscious travelers may appreciate the fact that the 1,033 acre King Estate Winery is certified organic. Aside from the grapes needed for their pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, this winery also grows a vast selection of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner, Oregon: From humble beginnings as a small, hand-watered vineyard, Willamette Valley has grown to become the leading producer of pinot noir in Oregon wine country. After enjoying the popular wine and cheese tasting, set aside some time to visit the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, located about an hour north in Portland.

  • Northstar Winery, Walla Walla, Washington: Located just north of the Oregon-Washington border, this charming West Coast vineyard is known for its critically-acclaimed merlot varietals. If you're in the mood for more Walla Walla winery-hopping, contact Walla Walla Wine Tours for a personalized limousine tour of Washington wine country.

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Washington: Founded to challenge the misconception that good wine could only come from California or Italy, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in the state and was a pioneer in developing Washington wine country. If you're a history buff with a taste for premium red and white wines, this vineyard is a must-see.

Apply for a checking account online to help you budget for a West Coast winery tour

When planning a trip to a distant destination like the West Coast wineries, it's essential to accurately anticipate and budget for travel costs. By applying for a checking account online, you can easily set aside the funds you need to make your vineyard tour a reality. Consider One Deposit Checking from Citizens Bank®, where the maintenance fee is waived with just one deposit each month.

Of course, when you're traveling the scenic, vineyard-lined roads of the west, the last thing you want to worry about is your finances. Our online and mobile banking makes managing your vacation expenses simple when you're away from home. Pay your bills, monitor your account balances and stay on budget while you're on vacation with the convenience of online and mobile banking. Contact a Citizens Bank representative to learn more about our banking options and start planning your West Coast vineyard vacation!


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