With accolades in top food and wine publications including Saveur and Food & Wine, Shenandoah Valley wineries are quickly becoming some of the most highly respected in the country. The products from the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail are now sought after by some of the finest establishments in the nation, showcasing the area as a new leader in wine production. While planning your Shenandoah Valley romantic getaway, be sure to explore the gorgeous landscape of these wineries and experience the top-notch products. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just appreciate the winemaking culture of the region, touring the vineyards is one of the best things to do in the Shenandoah Valley.
Doubling as both a beautiful winery and historic location in the area, the Shenandoah Vineyard was first planted in 1976 when founders Jim and Emma Randel become pioneers in the Virginia wine industry. The winery is housed in a historic barn that was built in the years around the Civil War. Featuring more than 5,000 vines, the Shenandoah Vineyards produce a number of French hybrid varietals.
Cave Ridge Vineyards
This family-owned estate vineyard and winery sits in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Soon after opening the tasting room in 2005, Randy and Karen Phillips’ wines developed a loyal following. One of their signature blends, the Fossil Hill Reserve, is named after the very land it was grown on, where many ammonite fossils have been found over the years.
Be sure to head to Rockridge when in the area for an authentic rural Virginia experience amidst beautiful scenery. The casual and relaxing tasting room offers a complimentary sample of their award-winning wines while you enjoy the breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley.
Created by local lovers of the land, Bluestone Vineyard began when the Hartman family planted a personal vineyard in 2003 before deciding to convert it into a commercial business in 2007. Since then, it has steadily grown with the help of the many wine experts in the area. Tasting and tours of this beautiful land and its delicious wines are available every day except Sundays. Come experience the familial and small-town vibes of this quaint vineyard.
This breathtaking 125-acre estate produces a wide array of Shenandoah Valley wines. On a tour and tasting trip to CrossKey, you’ll learn about growing and making wines while surrounded by beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spend a day relaxing on the vineyard or come by for a romantic meal at the CrossKey Bistro.
Barren Ridge Vineyards
Founded in 2007, this Harrisonburg winery produces a number of white, red, dessert, and sparkling wines available to taste or take home, including a 2013 Merlot and a 2013 Port. Wines available for tasting are updated often, so be sure to check out Barren Ridge’s website for a current list. The winery is also a popular wedding venue.
North Mountain Vineyard and Winery
One of the older wineries in the Shenandoah Valley, North Mountain Vineyard and Winery is also one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery, the vineyard offers a rotating wine selection including everything from Virginia Apple Wine to a Gruner Veltliner (an Austrian blend). The Sonnenberg Wine Club is a great option for wine enthusiasts and is reasonably priced. Be sure to check out the website before going as the vineyard often hosts exciting events!
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery, a short drive away in Edinburg, is both inviting and beautiful, making it ideal for a tasting, tour, or wedding! One of the more popular wines they bottle is the highly-requested Yummy Blueberry Wine as well as the fruit-scented Lobo Loco. Contact Wolf Gap for more information about tastings and events.