The Best Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley

There are many great wineries in Northern Virginia, particularly around the Washington D.C. area, that have grown incredibly popular. That’s not the only spot to enjoy great wine in Virginia, though, as there are some outstanding wine tastings right here in the Shenandoah Valley. From our friends at Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery to more off-the-beaten-path spots, the Shenandoah Valley is home to some truly exceptional vineyards in Virginia.

As we roll into summer and start making plans for fall, there’s never been a better time to plan a wine-forward getaway to Virginia’s stunning Shenandoah Valley. This part of the state offers so many incredible things to do. With a rich collection of historical attractions and some of the East Coast’s most storied scenery, it’s a remarkable place to slow down for a few days and soak it all in. The Shenandoah Valley has long been considered an agricultural powerhouse, and agritourism has only continued to grow with the cultivation of vineyards and wine production. Add to that plenty of local craft breweries, abundant regional farms and farmers markets, and a wide variety of local artisans, and you have an exceptional destination at your fingertips.

Virginia’s viticulture legacy dates back to the early settlers and Thomas Jefferson’s pioneering vinicultural experiments. It has flourished into the sophisticated and diverse wine scene we know and love today. With its fertile soil and favorable climate, the Shenandoah Valley has emerged as a distinguished region within the state’s wine industry. A wine-tasting journey in the Shenandoah Valley offers an elegant exploration of flavors and aromas and invites wine connoisseurs and novices alike to savor the depth and complexity of vineyards in Virginia.

After a day of indulging in the exquisite offerings of the valley’s vineyards, retreat to our top-rated cabins in Virginia or our elegant Virginia Bed and Breakfast. We’re located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, between Staunton and Lexington, and offer an inviting setting for rest, relaxation, and contemplation. Relax by the fire pit, enjoy a soak in your cabin’s private hot tub, take a walk on our scenic property, or enjoy a guided bourbon tasting with our Innkeeper. Time here will be time well spent. Book your getaways to our Shenandoah Valley cabins today!

closeup of of grapes nearing harvest at one of the vineyards in Virginia

Don’t Miss these Fantastic Vineyards in Virginia

The rich and fertile soils of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley have emerged as a distinguished destination for wine connoisseurs. The area is home to some of the best vineyards in the state, each boasting unique varietals and blends that capture the essence of its terroir. Wine tasting here is an engaging journey where the subtleties of aroma, texture, and taste come into view with each glass you sip.

Moreover, enjoying an afternoon or two of wine tasting across the Shenandoah Valley is a wonderful opportunity to admire the stunning scenery this area is known for. Below, we’ve included a list of some of our favorite vineyards in Virginia, just a short drive from our romantic cabins.

  1. Whenever a guest asks us for a local winery recommendation, our go-to is Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery. It’s one of the top vineyards in Virginia, and for good reason! Their award-winning wines are delicious, but we love this spot just as much for their regular live music performances and other fun events. Their fall harvest festival in October is also a not-to-miss experience!
  2. We also love a wine tasting at Ecco Adesso Vineyards in Fairfield. It’s only seven miles from our cabins and features delicious Tuscan-style wines and ciders.
  3. For more Tuscan-style wines representing Virginia’s best, head to Crosskeys Vineyards near Harrisonburg. You’ll also enjoy a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from here.
  4. Discover one of the many hidden gem vineyards in Virginia and visit our friends at Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville. Like so many things in the Shenandoah Valley, this winery is a family-run operation that truly showcases the area’s unique terroir.
  5. Don’t miss Jump Mountain Winery. It’s located near Lexington and is a lesser-known spot that showcases some distinctive and delicious wines, not to mention the beautiful scenery characteristic of the Shenandoah Valley.
  6. Finally, don’t miss Great Valley Farm, one of the many vineyards in Virginia that has earned a reputation for its craft brews and fantastic wines, in a picturesque setting that is both rustic and intimate.

These delightful Shenandoah Valley wineries in Virginia aren’t the only places to enjoy good wine and a taste of the Shenandoah Valley. Head to downtown Staunton, and you’ll find several fantastic wine bars, including OX Eye Vineyards, Yelping Dog Wine, and Accordia Wine Bar. We also recommend The City Foxes Wine Bar in Waynesboro, about 25 minutes from our cabins.

Live Music at Rockbridge Vineyard and brewery - one of the best vineyards in Virginia

Live Music at Rockbridge Vineyard This Summer

Given that Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery is one of our favorite local spots to sip on great wine (and beer) while enjoying some live music, we figured we’d delve into a few more details about this fantastic Virginia winery. It’s located in Raphine, less than three miles from our romantic cabins. Its proximity isn’t the only reason to visit Rockbridge Vineyard in Virginia. 

Over the years, Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery has won numerous awards and accolades, including Best in Show in the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition and the Town Point Competition. It is also a two-time winner of the coveted Virginia Governor’s Cup, thus cementing its position as one of the top vineyards in Virginia. Much of their success is owed to their strong commitment to quality and passion for locally sourced ingredients, which comes through in every flavor profile of their wine and beer. 

The wines reflect diversity in the Shenandoah Valley’s terroir and showcase the grapes that thrive in our local climate. The wines produced cater to a diverse range of palates. From crisp and refreshing whites to robust, full-bodied reds, there’s something for everyone at Rockbridge Vineyard. If wine isn’t so much your scene, perhaps you’ll want to sample their range of craft brews, which include everything from traditional lagers to innovative ales. Did we mention there is something for everyone here?

Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery truly offers a comprehensive tasting experience – we’re lucky to have them so close by! Aside from great things in your glass, Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery is known for its welcoming atmosphere. Throughout the year, this beautiful vineyard in Virginia also hosts various weekly concerts from the region and other special events, in addition to a few fun festivals in summer and fall. 

Rockbridge Vineyard offers a delicious taste of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and it’s something we’d love to share with you this year. Book your cabin getaway today! 

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