Whether you are visiting our nation’s capitol or hiking the Appalachian Trail through Virginia, you are not far from wineries with style. Virginia’s wineries are divided into five regions. The Eastern region has nine wineries, Northern (30 plus), Central (33), Southwestern (11) and Shenandoah Valley (6) regions. More wineries are coming on board each year. A number of wine trails exist in Virginia but not all wineries belong to the wine trails. Wine trails of Virginia include Bedford Wine Trail, Blue Ridge Wine Way, Loudoun Wine Trail, Monticello Wine Trail, Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, and Shenandoah Valley Wine Country Trail. Be sure not to miss the gem wineries that do not belong to a wine trail.
Visit large wineries and small boutique wineries. You are almost sure to find wineries you will enjoy visiting time after time. Explore the world of wines that Virginia has to offer. Grapes that thrive in Virginia include Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. Some of the Virginia wineries also produce wine made from blackberries, raspberries, apples, peach, pear, blueberries and strawberries. A grape variety to keep watch on is Petit Manseng. This versatile white grape grows well in the state and a winemaker can produce wines from very dry to dessert.
Virginia Quick Stats for 2007
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Rocky Knob (AVA)
North Fork of Roanoke (AVA)
Shenandoah Valley (VA) (AVA)
Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace (AVA)
Virginia's Eastern Shore (AVA)
Orange County (County Appellation)
Begin planning you visit to Virginia wineries with these trip itineraries. The trip itineraries are a tool to help you plan your visit. The itineraries are two-days in length and can be combined for additional days. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a week long winery adventury, Virginia has the wine country for you to enjoy.
Visit these Virginia wineries and wine tour groups that partner with Wine Trail Traveler.