The Blue Ridge Mountains. Hogback Mountain. Skyline Drive. The Chesapeake Bay waterways. Catoctin Mountain. The Shenandoah Valley. Preserve the canals nature reserve. Old Lappenberg. From Virginia’s east coast to the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains north of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia is not lacking in scenic wonders.
Many wineries offer spectacular views of the beauty of Virginia. Here are just a few of the many Virginia wineries that offer breathtaking views of the Old Dominion.
Breaux vineyards– Purcellville
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132. www.breauxvineyards.com
Located in the town of Purcellville, the 404 acre Breaux Vineyards winery offers visitors beautiful views and wines to match. With 104 hectares of vineyards, Breaux is the largest winery in Loudoun County in terms of production and hectares of acreage. Visitors can enjoy award-winning wines from the property’s Cherry Hill Park (named for the surrounding cherry trees) while taking in views of the Viognier and Nebbiolo vines climbing Short Hill Mountain. The property also offers great sunset views over the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Wine to join in: Nebbiolo (any vintage available) – Each vintage shows the potential of this Italian grape variety (Piedmont) in Virginia.
Stone Tower Winery– Leesburg
19925 Hogback Mountain Rd Leesburg, VA 20175. www.stonetowerwinery.com
The Stone Tower Winery is located on Hogback Mountain in the southwest of Leesburg and offers some of the most beautiful views of vineyards and mountains in the region. The deck on the second level of the newly completed winery building offers the best views of the Viognier and Chardonnay vineyards on the surrounding rolling hills. Visitors can enjoy views of the Bull Run Mountains (a series of the Blue Ridge Mountains) from most points on the 306-acre property.
Wine to join in: 2016 Estate Viognier – “The white wine of red drinkers”, perfect for cooler temperatures and a great view.
Bluemont vineyards– Bluemont
18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. www.bluemontvineyard.com
Bluemont Vineyards is located 951 m above sea level on an eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room at Bluemont Vineyards is the tallest in Loudoun County and offers panoramic views of the Loudoun Valley and Washington, DC on clear days.
Wine to the prospects: 2015 Farm Table Red – a versatile mix that goes well with sunny, cool autumn afternoons.
Ankida Ridge Vineyards– Amherst
1304 Franklin Creek Road, Amherst, VA 24521. www.ankidaridge.com
The Ankida Ridge vineyards are located in Amherst, VA, about an hour southwest of Charlottesville, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ankida, an ancient Sumerian word that ‘where heaven and earth connect, ‘is one of the special places too record, tape Virginias Spectacular Views. Visitors can enjoy one from the deck of the tasting room at 1,450 m close View of Pierce Mountain and Tobacco Row, a range of hills that runs parallel to Route 29 south to Lynchburg in the distance. Owners Christine and Dennis Vrooman recently cleared a new winery on Ankida Ridge at 1,800 feet with expansive views to the east and south. (Check website for tasting times)
Wine to join in: 2015 Pinot Noir. Yes, Pinot Noir ‘from‘Virginia! Amazingly tasty.
Early mountain vineyards– Madison
6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA 22727.www.earlymountain.com
The inviting terrace and extensive grounds of the Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, north of Charlottesville, offer visitors views of Tippets Mountain and other foothills of the Blue Ridge. Visitors will find a wide variety of Virginia wines available through Early Mountain’s Best of Virginia program, which includes wines from many of the state’s best-known wineries.
Wine to the prospect: 2016 Block Nine Pinot Gris – Aromas of fresh and grilled stone fruit, citrus fruits and a confectionery apple / baking spice. 100% Pinot Gris from the Block Nine package in Early Mountain.
Afton Mountain Vineyards – Afton
234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920. www.aftonmountainvineyards.com/
The hotel is located on rolling hills at the foot of the Blueridge Mountains in the picturesque town of Afton, VA, approximately 25 miles west of Charlottesville. The 82-acre Afton Mountain estate is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the area and some of the most beautiful views. The view is equally breathtaking from the terrace of one of the four available rental cabins.
Must try wine – Bollicine: Take the cork on a bottle of Bollicine, a dry sparkling wine made the traditional method with home-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for breathtaking views. Take home a few bottles of Albarino too.
1376 Wyatt Mountain Rd, Dyke, VA 22935. www.stonemountainvineyards.com
Stone Mountain Vineyards is 25 miles northwest of Charlottesville in Greene County at an elevation of 1,700 feet in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. The Stone Mountain tasting room is the tallest in Virginia. The expansive views of Greene County and the surrounding foothills from the observation deck are breathtaking.
Wine to the wide prospects: Bacon hollow sunset – a red mixture (40% Petit Verdot, 35% Cab Franc and 25% Merlot) named after the region.
Glen Manor vineyards– Front Royal
2244 Browntown Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630. www.glenmanorvineyards.com/
Glen Manor Vineyards is located about 120 km west of Washington, DC, on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Glen Manor’s vineyards are planted on the steep slopes of Hodder Hill, named after the grandfather of the owner and winemaker Jeff White. Visitors can relax in Adirondack chairs with friends and some of the region’s best wines, while enjoying expansive views of the vineyards and the beautiful foliage of Dickey Ridge. Dickey Ridge is part of Shenandoah National Park and soars to 2,400 feet. about 1,000 feet behind the vineyards of Glen Manor.
Wine with the Views of Hodder Hill and Dickey Ridge: Hodder Hill – one of the best red blends in Virginia (67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot).
Saudis Creek vineyards– Lanexa
16230 Cooks Mill Rd, Lanexa, VA 23089.www.saudecreek.com
Saude Creek is about 35 miles east of Richmond and offers wine lovers some of the best views in the Tidewater area. From the upper deck of the tasting room, visitors have a view of the Chambourcin vines with the Pamunkey River and the town of West Point in the distance.
Wine to be enjoyed with a view: Cabernet Franc – This perennial governor’s cup medalist, that cab franc with cherries, goes well with a bowl of chili on a cool afternoon.
Chatham vineyards– Machipongo
9232 Chatham Rd, Machipongo, VA 23405. www.chathamvineyards.net
Visitors to the Chatham Vineyards Historic Estate (Patented under English law in 1640) On the east coast of Virginia, no mountain ranges will rise from valleys dotted with colored foliage. Here are visitors Experience the beauty of Chesapeake Bay.Just a short walk from the Chatham tasting room is Church Creek, which is behind the property (actually the front). Here, at the edge of the creek, visitors have close-up shots of birds that nest on Rabbit Island, salt marshes and blue crabs passing by in the water and waterfowl like yellow crowned night herons, blue herons, ospreys and belted kingfishers along with other wildlife. Visitors can see oyster men pulling oysters from their beds in Church Creek or further up Nassawadox Creek.
Wine to be enjoyed with the views and sounds of Chesapeake Bay: 2017 Church Creek Steel Chardonnay – Perhaps the most expressive Chardonnay in the state, with notes of tropical fruits and saline. Perfect with oysters grown just a few steps from where the grapes were grown.
These are just a few of the wineries and ciders that offer a glimpse of the stunning natural beauty of Virginia.
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