Drive the best wine country backroads
Looking to really get away in wine country? Drive the best wine country backroads and enjoy beauty and serenity. Janelle and I have traveled many California wine country regions in California. We have done the busy wine routes many times. These days are the goal is to look for quiet and tranquil wine country backroads. We want to avoid traffic and the popular tourist locations. These are our favorite backroads.
Sonoma County wine country backroads
Sonoma County has the most number of interesting wine country backroads. These are fun to drive. The scenery is terrific, the wines fantastic.
Napa Valley wine country backroads
No doubt the Napa Valley is the busiest wine country in California, attracting some 5 million visitors a year. There are, however, some very beautiful wine country backroads in Napa Valley where you can at least enjoy some solitude.
Paso Robles wine country backroads
The city of Paso Robles is just off Highway 101. Running East and West is Highway 46 lined with wineries. These wineries are busy tourist spots, so one must stay off Highway 46 to avoid crowds. These Paso Robles wine country backroads will help you avoid the busier wine roads.
Santa Barbara wine country backroads
Los Olivos is the main wine country town of the Santa Barbara wine region. Branch out on the road from Los Olivos. We love the Foxen Canyon Trail and the road along Ballard Canyon. These two wine routes will take you to some very pretty wine country backroads.
Mendocino wine country backroads
The main road in this part of Mendocino is Highway 128 West. It will take you through Anderson Valley. Even though this is the only wine road in these parts, it is still relatively quiet compared to other wine regions in nearby Sonoma and Napa.
Sierra Foothills wine country backroads
There are several backroads in the Sierra Foothills. We are still exploring this area and will certainly be adding more to this section. These backroads are in El Dorado and Amador Counties.
Perhaps you have been on a wine country backroad that we missed. Please send us a note about your favorite wine country backroad and tell us why we should explore it. We love finding hidden and secret wine roads.