When it comes to wine, some of Virginia’s most prized vineyards are right here in our backyard. Open for tours and tastings, each of these wineries provide diverse selections of the best Virginia, and the Roanoke Region, has to offer.
Virginia has a rich grape growing and wine making history dating to 1619. The modern era of Virginia wine began in 1976 when Italian wine maker Gianni Zonin purchased the estate now known as Barboursville Winery Vineyards. Virginia is ranked No. 5 for wineries in the U.S. and was named one of the 10 Best’s Wine Regions to Visit.
The Wine Trail of Botetourt County features three charming, family run vineyards offering tours, tastings and special events throughout the year. You can also plan a tasting adventure with a Blue Ridge Winery Tour.
AmRhein’s Wine Cellars, a family-owned winery since 1999, is at an elevation of 2,500 feet just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 136.
Just 20 minutes from Roanoke and less than two hours from Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Greensboro, N.C. Specializing in Virginia-style wines from 100 percent estate grown grapes with 35,000 vines in three vineyard locations (Bent Mountain, Franklin County, and Botetourt) producing more than 15 different wines. Sit on the veranda and enjoy the cool mountain breezes, while sampling a few award-winning wines.
Beliveau Estate Winery sits on 165 scenic acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 30 minutes from downtown Salem.
The winery features award-winning red and white wines in dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet fashions are available for tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. Bring your own picnic or order lite fare from our chef’s daily menu. Take advantage of the property’s spectacular mountain views, on-site hiking trails, fragrant lavender garden, covered veranda, stocked ponds, hilltop pavilion, Italian tiled reception hall, outdoor patio and tiki bar, and on-site French country-style bed and breakfast with catering.
The winery and tasting room are open Wednesday through Sunday.
Be as adventurous as you wish — tour the vineyard, follow nature paths, and picnic — or lounge in the barn and inhale the beautiful vista as you sip one of Blue Ridge Vineyard’s signature wines.
Blue Ridge is the proud holder of three 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup medals and five gold medals from Virginia Wine Lover Magazine.
Blue Ridge Vineyard is located in Eagle Rock, VA, which is a short and beautiful drive (less than 45 minutes) from Salem, Roanoke, Lexington, Buena Vista, Natural Bridge, Vinton, Fincastle, Buchanan, and just about anywhere in between. Take the afternoon off and come see why people come for the music, stay for the view, and return for the wine.
Blue Ridge Vineyard is part of the Wine Trail of Botetourt County.
Brooks Mill Winery is a small farm fruit winery operated by H.T. and Rhonda Page near SMith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. We have been making fruit wine as a hobby for more than 16 years.
From dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines, Brooks Mill has a wine for you. The winery also has several award-winning wines, including the popular Blackberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal), Blueberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition gold medal), and Pear dessert wine (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal).
The winery also grows blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, and cherries.
The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from March to December; call for hours the rest of the year.
Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, Chateau Morrisette Winery is located at Milepost 171.5 along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The winery is 3,500 feet above sea level and offers spectacular vistas of the New River Valley and Buffalo Mountain. About an hour from Roanoke, Virginia, and two hours from Greensboro, N.C., Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant part of the Mountain Road Wine Trail and Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail.
Chateau Morrisette has produced multiple award-winning wines and is home to the annual Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival.
Roanoke natives Roger and Judy Furrow started in the early 1980s with an experimental vineyard on Smith Mountain Lake. Later, they purchased a nearby farm and started Hickory Hill Vineyards in 2001.
Hickory Hill wines are made in a light and fruity style and began earning medals with the very first vintage. The more classic wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Franc, and Merlot have hints of French oak. The Smith Mountain Lake series (Mist, Country Red, Sunset, and Redbud) are 100 percent stainless steel. The Vidal Blanc, a consistent award winner, is fermented out dry and aged in stainless steel.
Hickory Hill offers complimentary vineyard and winery tours, wine tastings, has a scenic picnic area, and is home to the summer music series Sunset Saturday. The tasting room and gift shops are open Wednesday though Sunday from April through October and on Saturdays and holiday Mondays in the winter.
Located in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at the foot of the Peaks of Otter, the winery of the same name features fruit of the farm wines.
Although Peaks of Otter grows many fruits for the wine, apples are the main crop. Apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears are used to make wine, cider, and butters. These “grandma’s style” wines are excellent with snacks, as an after dinner wine or just sipping.
The winery is open daily from April through December and on weekends January through March.
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards is located minutes from Smith Mountain Lake with a spanning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family vineyard was started in 2004 and is run by the Ramakers.
The winery offers a selection of white and red wines and offers wine and cigar pairings on site.
The tasting room is open daily.
One of Virginia’s most scenic wineries, perched on a 2,000 foot mountain overlooking the Roanoke Region. Wines are made in the French minimalist fashion and aged in an underground barrel cave, which was blasted 60 feet beneath the vineyard.
The 21 acre vineyard produces world class Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and more. Decomposing granite soils and unique climate (similar to Rhone Valley of France) afford the premier terroir on the East Coast.
Valhalla is open for tours, tastings, and picnicking from April through December on Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays nights feature live music from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Winery and cave tours are available.)
Villa Appalaccia Winery is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway close Roanoke and centrally located to to Floyd and Stuart, as well as Greensboro and Winston-Salem N.C. The Italian-inspired Villa is situated with stunning views and a relaxing environment.
The winery produces Italian grape varieties and makes award-winning Virginia wine from Sangiovese, Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, Malvasia, Cabernet Franc, Aglianico, and Corvina. The vineyard is one of a few in Virginia planted on shale (not clay), resulting in a wine that is unique and true to the Italian heritage.
The winery features a wood-fired brick oven for special events, an Italian music garden for relaxation and entertainment and a bocce court. Villa Appalaccia also serves local cheeses, salamis, olives, humus, and crusty bread for a relaxing lunch with a glass of wine.
At Virginia Mountain Vineyards you can forget about the present and enjoy the picturesque mountain views visible on top of Zion Hill. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountains, the vineyard is 14 miles north of Interstate 81 outside of Fincastle.
The first generation family owned and operated vineyard and winery, offers 13 wines. Owners David and Marie Gibbs are happy answer questions about the vineyard or winery; greater knowledge about grape growing, harvesting, and processing may help you to better appreciate and enjoy a good wine.
Virginia Mountain Vineyards was established in the spring of 1998 with the planting of 3,325 Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc vines. There are more than 5,625 vines today with the addition of Merlot, Traminette, and Petit Verdot grapes covering more than 9.5 acres. Virginia Mountain Vineyard is part of the Wine Trail of Botetourt County.
The winery is open March through December.
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