05/07/2015 07:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

U.S. Wine Regions With a Unique Claim to Fame

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This Mother's Day, hotel search guides you (and your mom) on a tour of five local wine counties renowned for more than just their award-winning wines. These wine regions take you beyond the grapes, letting you taste, smell, and enjoy new vintages alongside first-class organic cuisine, rich Euro-American history, and picturesque scenery right in your backyard.

Dahlonega, GA - "America's 1st Gold Rush"

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Nestled beneath the mountains of North Georgia, Dahlonega's alpine elevation offers not only spectacular scenery but also the perfect growing conditions for a variety of American and European wine grapes. Gold was first discovered in the Dahlonega area twenty years before the gold rush in California, making the area not only rich with vineyards, family run wineries and hand crafted wines, but also rich in American history.

Door County, WI - "Cherryland"

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A scenic seaside experience in the heart of the Midwest, Door County is a wine enthusiast's paradise famous for its fruit wines, especially cherry wine. One of the top cherry producing regions in the nation, Door County's delightful vineyards and orchards pair local wines with regional fruits and exquisite baked goods.

Fredericksburg, TX - "Little Germany"

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Texas is one of the oldest wine-growing states dating back to the 1650s -- and Fredericksburg is the heart of the Texas Hill Country wine region. A quaint German community with over thirty vineyards and wineries in the surrounding area, Fredericksburg's charming tasting rooms, rustic boutique shops, inns, and restaurants are found in preserved centuries-old buildings, proudly displaying their German heritage.

Grand Junction, CO - "Field-to-table dining"

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Home to sun-kissed vineyards and endless fields of orchards, Grand Junction is in the heart of Colorado's vast agricultural region and perfectly blends the two worlds of wine tasting and fine cuisine. Nothing compliments a refreshing white or full bodied red like the tempting menus from local restaurants, which pride themselves in serving fresh produce straight from the field to your table.

Charlottesville, VA - "World Heritage Site"

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The so-called father of wine and wineries in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson devoted his passion for architecture and design to Charlottesville -- a picturesque city along the Blue Ridge Mountains. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Monticello and the University of Virginia paint the perfect backdrops for sipping and savoring vintage cabs and rich chardonnays from Charlottesville's abundant organic wineries and historical vineyards.

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