A ‘spirited’ adventure

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Make your way across vineyards and wineries
when in Virginia

A wine destination unlike any other, Virginia has nearly 300 wineries and dozens of wine trails surrounded by lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites.

Wine trails allow aficionados to sip their way across the commonwealth and experience everything from Albarino to Viognier. Be sure to include an exclusive winemaker’s dinner or festival to your trail pursuit. Or, happen upon live music and hot air balloon rides.

Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock

Virginia’s most unique wine trail is a collection of artisanal, family-run wineries who have joined together to offer a premium wine tasting experience that is rooted in handcrafted wines. The Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock are located in Rappahannock County, just a short scenic drive from one another, and only an hour from the DC beltway. This is a boutique, casual wine tasting trail, in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.

Bedford Wine Trail

A great Virginia weekend getaway that is only four hours from Washington DC and northern Virginia, three hours from Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina and only two hours from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Enjoy the scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains and Smith Mountain Lake or visit the National D-Day Memorial and historic downtown Bedford. Stop by the Bedford Area welcome centre for complete details on where to stay, things to see and other exciting things to do in the area. Bedford Wine Trail brochures are available at the wineries and the welcome centre and visitors are encouraged to have their brochure stamped as they visit each of the wineries.

The Wine Trail consists of six vineyards and wineries: Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery; Leo Grande Vineyard and Winery; Peaks of Otter Winery; Seven Doors Winery; White Rock Vineyards and Winery and Ramulose Ridge Vineyards.

Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Explore the eight extraordinary wineries of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Wine Country, which includes Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Taste award-winning wines as you learn more about the rich history of our region. Tour scenic byways filled with historic attractions, such as George Washington’s Birthplace, Stratford Hall and Menokin. Quaint towns, pristine nature and beautiful waterways all contribute to the region’s charm.

Visitors can also join for several trail-wide events throughout the year, including the popular spring and fall oyster crawls. Individual member wineries also host their own events throughout the year. Some of the trail wineries also offer overnight stays.

Grapes and Grains Trail

Enjoy a “spirited” escape on The Grapes and Grains Trail located in Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania. The trail includes five wineries and a distillery.

The Grapes and Grains Trail includes five award-winning wineries and an internationally acclaimed local distillery. A self-paced tour – buy a ticket at any trail stop and visit each one at your convenience! The Grapes and Grains Trail Tickets make a great gift or group trip with family and friends.

Heart of Virginia Wine Trail

Seeking great wine near Richmond? These five wineries heartily welcome you! The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail is a group of six Virginia wineries located near Richmond. Wineries include – Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyard. It can be accessed from Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredricksburg, and Tidewater. You can tour central Virginia’s premier wineries on any weekend of the year. Cost for a passport ticket is $20 a person and includes a souvenir wineglass, map of the trail, and wine tasting from all six wineries.

Loudoun’s DC Wine Country

Four clusters of boutique wineries are sprinkled throughout Loudoun’s bucolic countryside. Discover perfectly balanced varietals, surprising blends, and dessert wines. Savour the aroma of years of winemaking expertise, all while admiring the breathtaking backdrop of vineyards set against beautiful rolling hills. Continue your culinary adventure at one of Loudoun’s nine destination restaurants and savour the local flavor. Indulge in a plate of fried green tomatoes in a turn-of-the-century bank, or enjoy white cheddar stone-ground grits in an authentic 1905 mill, or rejoice in an elegant and organic farm-to-table experience overlooking the Potomac river. 

Nelson 151 Trail

The Nelson 151 Trail provides a convenient way to sample Nelson County’s many wineries, cideries, distilleries and breweries all along scenic Route 151, a designated Virginia scenic byway that has become the destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, local food, and outdoor recreation lovers. The trail features six wineries, two cideries, a distillery, a meadery, and four breweries/restaurants along a beautiful stretch of scenic byway complete with Blue Ridge mountain views and easy access to and from the Blue Ridge parkway.

Included on the trail are: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cidery, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Brewing Tree Beer Co, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm, Winery and Meadery, Silverback Distillery, Valley Road Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard and Winery, and Wild Wolf Brewing
Company.

Conveniently located just three hours from Washington DC and northern Virginia, two hours from Richmond, Virginia and four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina, the Nelson 151 Trail makes it easy to discover the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge.

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