The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas in Virginia make for some of the best scenery in the U.S. Cobalt and denim blue mountains distract you in the most beautiful way. Some of the most unique and award winning vineyards in America are right here and just a road trip away. I’m still on my Virginia wine country journey. In the meantime, here are five vineyards in Virginia that I recommend based on their awards and unique qualities. Add these to your list as there is something for everyone. Let’s get started!
Early Mountain keeps me coming back each year. Located on the Monticello Trail, there are 350 sprawling acres complete with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling farmland that could be the backdrop to a movie. Winner of the best tasting room in America along with other prestigious awards, there is something for everyone. Enjoy a flight in their tasting room. Early Mountain offers their own wines along with other exceptional wines of Virginia. Enjoy artful cuisine sourced from local farms in the dining room. Or, head to the patio complete with an outdoor fireplace, music, and a spacious meadow where you can relax and take in the view. Yes, Fido is welcome in certain areas outside.
I am all about the journey. However, as we made the ascent up the winding roads of the mountain towards the vineyard, I had a feeling that the destination was even greater. I was right! Stone Mountain sits at over 1700 feet with staggering views of the mountains below. The view is epic and I understand why this is a wedding venue for so many. It is rustic in design, warm, and inviting. There is plenty of deck space to enjoy the view, but inside it is very cozy with a fire and friendly staff. You feel like you are a million miles away up here. Fido is welcome on the dog friendly deck.
How about a place that appeals to girlfriend weekends, couples, and even kids? Yes, I said kids. The farm has a tasting room, Discovery Area complete with animals, lavender farm with classes/events, and a gift shop that sells EVERYTHING lavender. There is even lavender wine along with my personal favorite, lavender and lemon ice cream. Why not ice cream for breakfast? Its your vacation and your rules. The setting is beautiful and there is room to wander. *Due to Covid restrictions, please check the website for updates on events, classes, and the Discovery Area. Fido is welcome in the Tasting room.
One of my favorite vineyards in Virginia, and one of my more recent posts. Located in the Piedmont region of Virginia, it sits on 900 acres in the foothills of the southwest mountains creating a surreal backdrop. It has a European elegance combined with a rich history, its own restaurant, and accommodations. Barboursville won a total of five Virginia Governor’s Cups. They are the most recent winner of the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup for their 2015 Paxxito-a dessert wine which uses Vidal and Moscato Ottonel grape varieties. The Barboursville ruins remain on the vineyard. Fido is welcome in outside areas.
Located near the Front Royal entrance of Shenandoah National Park, it has one of the most ethereal and sweeping views of the mountains and surrounding area. The vibe is laid back and friendly. Fido as well as snacks are welcome outside. In addition, they serve up some amazing cheeses, meats, and artisan breads to go along with your wine. Need a place to stay? Chester Gap has you covered with the Idle Hour, an Airbnb adjacent to the vineyard. Weather permitting, the vineyard shows outdoor movies on a wide screen along with other entertainment throughout the year.
I hope that this gets you started as you plan your road trip. In the meantime, I will be back to discover more of Virginia wine country and loving every minute of it!
*Due to Covid restrictions, please check with the websites for any updated information.