Are you a wine drinker? I am.
I love pouring a glass of wine and savoring it while I relax somewhere quiet or with a meal.
If you can enjoy it at the winery that produced it, even better!
I’m lucky. I live in Virginia where there are more than 300 wineries throughout the state, each with their own unique vintages and appeal.
In recent years, Virginia has become well-known for its delicious wines. So well known, in fact, that it’s earned the nickname the “Napa Valley of the East Coast.”
If you’re a wine lover who lives in or near Virginia (or you’re coming to the area), a visit to one or more of Virginia’s amazing wineries is a must!
MY FAVORITE VIRGINIA WINERIES
I haven’t been to all 300 of them (although I’m working on it!) so my list of favorites is based on the ones I’ve visited.
They’re arranged alphabetically within each category for simplicity; this does not indicate that I like one place more than another.
As I visit more wineries and have new/additional favorites, I’ll update this post.
= FAVORITE VIEWS =
No descriptions necessary. The pictures tell the story.
Delfosse Vineyard & Winery
Fox Meadow Winery
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
North Garden, VA
= FAVORITE WINE TASTING ROOMS/BUILDINGS =
8 Chains North Winery
From the outside, 8 Chains’ tasting room looks very plain. However, once you open the door and go inside – wow! The rustic decor and jewel-tone walls create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The cozy stone fireplace is the perfect spot for relaxing while savoring your wine.
Creek’s Edge Winery
The tasting room building is an Amish structure in the tradition of raised barns. It’s constructed with local stone, black walnut, and handcrafted metalwork. Probably the coolest feature is the spiral staircase designed to look like the inside of a wine barrel.
Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery
The building that houses Dry Mill’s tasting room used to be a horse stable. The various wood elements add to its warmth and charm.
How cool is this tasting room?! The building itself is round. Inside, a tree and its branches are focal points highlighted with twinkle lights.
Old House Vineyards
Old House Vineyards’ tasting room is in an old house (hence the name). The inside is charming. Each room features rustic decor such as bar stools with tractor seats and tables with wine barrel bases.
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Prince Michel has a beautiful tasting room with an oval bar to gather around to taste either a sweet or dry flight. The tasting room also offers an amazing selection of wine-related items and unique gifts. You’ll know Prince Michel when you see it – it’s the one winery on Route 29 with the giant sparkly wine glasses out front.
= FAVORITE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES =
Unlike most other wineries, Bluemont Vineyard doesn’t conduct their tastings around the bar. Instead, tasting hosts/hostesses pour tastings into glasses, then put them in a holder accompanied by a tasting sheet. Guests take their tastings to their seats where they can enjoy them at their leisure.
Fabbioli Cellars tastings consist of 7 of their wines expertly paired with small, delicious gourmet food bites that bring out the flavor of the wine. If you’ve never done a wine tasting paired with food before, you’re in for a real treat! They’ve also begun choosing a theme for each month which makes repeat visits even more enticing for their customers. (In October, I did a wine and Halloween candy pairing and the theme for the decorations was “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” The staff all had costumes on, too. So much fun!)
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard
What’s so special about the tasting experience at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard? Tastings are held in rooms on the main level of the owners’ actual historic home! Visitors sit at dining room tables or in comfy chairs, creating a relaxing homey atmosphere. Tasting hosts/hostesses walk around and serve guests their tastings.
= FAVORITE GROUNDS =
Miracle Valley Vineyard
Three Fox Vineyards
= FAVORITE WINE =
Glen Manor Vineyards
Front Royal, VA
When I tasted Glen Manor’s wine, I was floored. For lack of a better description, their wine tasted very “clean.” There’s no tannic aftertaste; just crisp, delicious wine. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t a wine drinker, liked their wine!
When I went to Mediterranean Cellars, my wine tasting hostess (one of the daughters of the owners) told me to leave any preconceived ideas about the kind of wine I liked at the door because their wine wasn’t what I’d expect. Boy, was she right! Their wine is unique and delicious and I liked every one of them (even the chardonnay, which is my least favorite variety of wine).
Do YOU have a favorite Virginia winery? If so, what do you like about them?
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