Do you love a good wine? Virginia wineries are producing some of the finest wines in the world and are rapidly gaining a world-class reputation. the climate and landscape of this beautiful state make it almost perfect for vineyards. There are several wine-producing regions and each boasts incredible wineries. There are ideal soil conditions for several grape varieties and fine wines are produced all over the state. Another bonus to visiting the state’s many wineries is the incredible diversity in scenery. There are spectacular views from picturesque vineyards everywhere you go.
The current generation of winemakers in this state is producing wines that can compete successfully against the best from Europe and California. Some industry experts are calling this state the next big thing in American wine. While there are more than 230 wineries in the state, only about 20 are producing high-quality wines that sell all over the world.
Vineyards such as Barboursville Vineyards and Linden Vineyards have been producing for many years and are creating world-class wines. Other, smaller vineyards such as Rappahannock Cellars, Kind Family Vineyards, and Pollak Vineyards are also producing some great wines.
While there are a wide variety of choices when it comes to this state’s vineyards, there are some that stand above the rest. Here are our picks for some of the best vineyards in the state.
In Northern Virginia, the best tastings are held at Willowcroft Farm in Leesburg and North Gate in Purcellville. The best wines are produced by Purcellville’s Breaux and Sunset Hills, Boxwood and Chrysalis in Middleburg, and Front Royal’s Glen Manor.
In the center of the state, the best tastings are found at Barboursville, Early Mountain, and Horton Cellars, all located in the Gordonsville area. The best wines are at Barboursville, Ankida Ridge, and Grace Estate.
In the Tidewater and Eastern Shore area, you’ll find the best tastings at Potomac Point and Williamsburg Winery. The best wines are found at Williamsburg, Hague Winery, and Chatham.
In the Shenandoah Valley, the best tastings occur at the Winery at Kindred Pointe in Middletown and North Mountain in Maurertown. The best wines are from Bluestone in Bridgewater and Star Tannery’s Cedar Creek.
The state promotes its wine industry with several wine trails that take visitors to the best vineyards in a given region. No matter what type of wine you enjoy, you are sure to find something you love at a Virginia winery.