To stand out in the crowded, tradition-bound wine industry, independent wineries often invite visitors to their wineries to take a tour, get a taste, and take home a memorable experience — as well as a bottle or two (or 12).
Quirky backstories, historical locations, and breathtaking scenery can all charm first-time buyers. And in some cases, it’s a virtual visit that hooks in a winery’s fans. Here’s a tour of unique wineries and the eccentric wines they’ve created. We’ll leave the tasting part of the tour up to you.
— Joan Voight, Special to CNBC.com