Blue Ridge Region
Interstate 81 travels through the Blue Ridge wine region from the Shenandoah Valley to the north and Tennessee to the south. This wine region is south of Roanoke to the North Carolina and Tennessee borders. Twelve wineries are nestled in the rolling hills of this picturesque area. Several of the wineries have easy access from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Some white grapes grown in this region include Petit Manseng, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier. Red varietal grapes include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
The Blue Ridge region is home to two AVA’s. The Rocky Knob AVA is quite small and located on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The North Fork of Roanoke AVA is on the eastern slopes of the Allegheny Mountains.
The only wine trail in the area is the Mountain Road Wine Experience. Three wineries are members of this trail.
Visit these Virginia wineries and wine tour groups that partner with Wine Trail Traveler.