WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love. Experience quaint wineries, local distilleries, and all the winding roads in between as you cruise through Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley on the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.
As you travel through six counties, multiple cities, and countless cities, you’ll find some of the best outdoor recreational and craft drinks Virginia has to offer. The Liquor Trail runs along the corridor of Interstate 81 through the Shenandoah Valley and is a great way to take in the views of the mountains and charming city centers with a drink in hand.
With 23 wineries and two distilleries, you’re sure to find a drink that satisfies your adventure cravings. Discover the best places for wine and spirits in this guide to the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.
Get a taste of the valley
After a day exploring the rivers and mountains of Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest, relax with a drink from one of the wineries or distilleries along the way.
Admire the stately Jefferson architecture, expansive fields, and breathtaking views at Rockingham County’s Brix & Columns Vineyard. Pair a glass of White Brix made from a mix of four white grapes with cheese, meat, and seafood, or try the McGahey Red Reserve, aged in French oak barrels, with a hearty meal and decadent dessert. Bring the whole family, including your dog, for a day on the lawn. Take home a bottle when you drop in or order a few online.
Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck or by the fireplace at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, a cozy winery in Page County. Try Buzzard’s Roost, a blend of all of the winery’s red wines, or Sweet Daisy, part of the price donated to the local SPCA. If you are uncomfortable staying on site to enjoy a glass of wine, order a roadside pickup or have a bottle delivered straight to your door. The River Hill Distillery is right next door and offers a fine selection of whiskeys and country wines, made on the farm or from local sources.
For spectacular views of the Great North Mountains, sit on the Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery’s wine tasting deck with a drink in hand. From their popular blueberry wine to the classic Virginia Viognier, you can taste them all in this scenic Shenandoah County location. Nearby, Filibuster Bourbon proudly makes small amounts of Bourbon through sustainable practices. Reserve a tasting of the spirits in the tasting room or order online.
Located in the historic Bear’s Den neighborhood of Clarke County’s, Twin Oaks Tavern Winery is a rustic stone house on top of a hill. Regardless of the time of year, you can find a place to relax and taste what the winery has to offer. Cool off in summer with a spiced wine cooler or bright white and warm up in winter with a mulled wine or a hearty red. Join the Wine Club for discounts, private tours and tastings, and monthly wine purchases.
Briedé Family Vineyards is a Winchester boutique winery focused on Virginia wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the premises while soaking up the aromatic flavors. If you like what you’re tasting, sign up with the wine club for two bottles per quarter and discounts on wine and events.
With all of these stops and more, you’ll want to come back year after year to sample the wineries and distilleries of the northern Shenandoah Valley. Experience WanderLove for yourself when you visit the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.
Note: Please check local policies and regulations before planning any trip. Remember to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect the health of others when traveling through Virginia.
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