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Away.com's Top 10 Hidden-Gem Wine Regions In Your Backyard

WASHINGTON, Sept 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Uncork a new adventure. Away.com, a leading travel research and planning website, has just unveiled its Top Ten List of the premier vineyards for those seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations this fall. The best part? All of the recommendations are conveniently located near major metropolitan areas in the United States, making them the perfect add-on to a big-city getaway.

"Most people tend to associate vineyards with California, forgetting some equally lush, yet budget-friendly wineries right in their own backyard," says Away.com Senior Editor Kate Chandler. "Away.com's list of undiscovered spots in America's wine country highlights its geographic diversity, and their proximity to metropolitan areas makes them an ideal detour."

From Bloomington, IN, to Brandywine, PA, each of these escapes, many of which are just minutes from large cosmopolitan hubs, offers a holistic travel experience that goes well beyond the winery, vineyard or vinoteca. All that remains? Planning your visit and painting the town red, white and rose!


          Away.com's Top 10 "Hidden-Gem" Wine Regions
                    in the United States(1)
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    1     Hill Country, Texas
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    2     Bloomington, Indiana
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    3     Cape Code, Massachusetts (Truro)
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    4     Botetourt County, Virginia
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    5     Long Island, New York (North Fork)
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    6     Arkansas River Valley, Arkansas
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    7     Cleveland, Ohio
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    8     Yakima Valley, Washington
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    9     Traverse City, Michigan
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    10    Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania
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(1) The Top 10 "Hidden Gem" Wine Regions were selected by Away.com's staff of editors and travel contributors and are based on the research and opinions of the writers.

To access Away.com's Top 10 "Hidden-Gem" Wine Regions in the United States article or for more information on each destination listed with suggested activities, visit http://away.com/wine.

Away.com Editor Picks Three Not-To-Miss Wine Regions

Hill Country, TX: Texas Hill Country, north of San Antonio and west of Austin, is one of the nation's fastest growing wine destinations. Boasting 24 wineries along the Texas Wine Trail, this area is a must-see for its unparalleled wine diversity.

Yakima Valley, WA: Just a two-hour drive from Seattle, the historic Yakima Valley sources half the wine produced in Washington State. Three hundred days of sunshine, fertile irrigation and rich volcanic soil are the perfect combination for producing full-bodied wines, ranging from Merlots to Sauvignon Blancs.

North Fork, NY: Known primarily for its fresh seafood and produce, North Fork, Long Island, is also home to nearly 30 wineries. Just 75 miles from Manhattan and a stone's throw away from popular beach-time destination the Hamptons, visitors to this Eastern Seaboard town can choose to indulge in tours of lush vineyards, vintner training, rose tastings and the occasional live band.

About Away.com

Away.com is a part of The Away Network and is the leading online destination for travelers planning their next vacation. Trip planners will find over two million pages of travel inspiration, trip ideas, travel planning tools and destination content for over 35,000 global locations. Founded in 1999, Away.com provides a distinctive blend of expert and consumer advice. The Away Network also includes Trip.com, GORP.com, AdventureFinder.com, Outside Online and Lodging.com. The Away Network is owned by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).

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SOURCE Away.com

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