Shenandoah Valley Region
The Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia is located in the western region of Virginia and on the east side has the protection of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2010, the Shenandoah Valley is home to 19 wineries. Shenandoah Valley in Virginia provides a relaxing time in the countryside with small towns and cities available to visit. This area of Virginia is good for growing many grape varieties because of its rocky soil and warm weather. The climate is dry in comparison to the eastern areas of Virginia that need to deal patiently with the problems presented by high humidity.
Red wine varieties include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Mandolin, Merlot, Norton and Petit Verdot. White grape varieties to be discovered include Riesling, Sauvignon, Blanc, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Traminette and Zinfandel.
Numerous fruit wines are also available.
The AVA located in the Shenandoah Valley region is the Shenandoah Valley AVA.
Wine Trails of Shenandoah Area
This region’s wine trails including Botetourt County Wine Trail, Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail and The General’s Wine and History Trail. The Botetourt wine trail includes three family owned and operated wineries. Thirteen wineries participate in the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. The northern most winery is Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, Virginia and the southernmost winery is Blue Ridge Vineyard located at the head of the Shenandoah Valley in Eagle Rock, VA. The General’s Wine and History Trail was started in 2009. The idea of this wine trail was to tie the wines of the region with the historical aspects of the area. The General’s Wine and History Trail also extends into the Northern Virginia wine region.
Visit these Virginia wineries and wine tour groups that partner with Wine Trail Traveler.