Home to many of Virginia’s best wineries, the Shenandoah Valley has become a regional wine leader in the eastern United States. The breathtaking scenery of the mountains and pastures of the region make visiting the Shenandoah Valley wineries a great gathering spot for a weekend getaway with friends or a romantic outing with your partner. All you need to know about Shenandoah wineries is that there are an abundance to choose from, a variety to taste at each location and many of the wineries have live music and events throughout the year.
The oldest winery in the Shenandoah Valley and the third oldest in Virginia is the Shenandoah Vineyards. The winery is in a Civil War era barn and was founded in 1976. Guided tours are offered hourly and tastings range from $5.00 to $10.00 per person. The Shenandoah Vineyards is home to many award winning wines including the 2010 Rhapsody in Red, 2010 Founder’s Reserve Chambourcin and the Cabernet Franc 2010. Located at 3659 South Ox Road in Edinburg, they are open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Events are held throughout the year and range from a Valentine tasting in February to a Mother’s Day wine and cheese pairing in May.
Barren Ridge Vineyards is home to Augusta County’s first winery. Located on the Higgs family former apple orchard, John and Shelby Higgs transformed their 1890’s apple barn into a state of the art winery. Sitting between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the region creates the ideal climate for the grapes to ripen. Barren Ridge is home to fourteen wines many of them award winning. The third Friday of every month, Barren Ridge hosts Sunsets at the Vineyard. From 7:00pm to 10:00pm on these days, guests can bring their own dinner or pay for a catered plate and enjoy the views from The Patio or Audrey Blackford Room upstairs. Dinner must be paid for and reserved in advance. The vineyard is open daily for complimentary tours.
North Mountain Vineyards sets itself apart from other stops on the wine trail with its distinctive winery building modeled after a European-style farmhouse. North Mountain is home to six varieties of grapes including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Chamrourcin and Traminette. In addition to the tasting room, several fireplaces are available to cozy up with their complimentary flight of eight wines. Limited edition and sparkling wines can also be purchased. Tours and tastings are offered Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
When your day of wine tastings and tours starts to wind down, The Hummingbird Inn Bed and Breakfast provides five guest rooms to relax and kick up your feet. Open a bottle of wine and get cozy in one of the many common areas including the rustic den or living room or even in the comfort of your guest room. When making plans for the next day of wine stops, ask about the Inn’s Picnic Baskets to go offering a selection of deli meats, cheeses, cold salads, fruit, bread and desserts. Many wineries offer picnic areas and encourage guests to bring their lunch to enjoy with their wine so let the Inn take care of that for you. To make a reservation, click here for more information and upcoming events.
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