It’s not Napa Valley, but the Shenandoah Valley produces an impressive selection of wine. In fact, Virginia holds the honor of being America’s fifth-largest wine-producing state. Its wineries attract more than 500,000 visitors each year. There are numerous vineyards in Shenandoah County that dot the beautiful landscape. The region is an American Viticultural Area suitable for growing every varietal including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Mandolin, Merlot, Norton, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Zinfandel and fruit varieties. Lovers of the grape are invited to tour the wineries and take sips from the yield.
Top 5 Vineyards and Wineries in Shenandoah:
Explore a 77-acre boutique farm winery and vineyard nestled in the mountains of Northwestern Shenandoah Valley. Cedar Creek is proud to specialize in handcrafted Estate Bottle Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. To enhance your experience, personal educational tours are given by the owners/winemakers. Also included is a vertical tasting. This unique experience allows you to sample different vintages of both the Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
7384 Zepp Road
Star Tannery, VA 22654
Everybody’s welcome (kids must remain with their parents at all times) at this fully functional farm and vineyard. Wine tastings give guests an opportunity to try varieties like Cab Franc, Seyval Blanc, Rondea, Riesling and Rosé. The market at Wicked Oaks Farms & Vineyard has a variety of products available for purchase including pastured poultry, farm fresh eggs, all-natural ham, breakfast sausage, gourmet hamburger and raw honey.
2121 S. Pifer Road
Star Tannery, VA 22654
This beautiful vineyard located along the banks of the Shenandoah River has been growing grapes and making wine since 1790. Tucked away between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, the vineyard benefits from a dry climate that allows top varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Petit Verdot to thrive. Every vine at Muse Vineyards has been certified by ENTV—the highest-ranking viticulture authority in France.
16 Serendipity Lane
Woodstock, VA 22664
Owned and operated by the Phillips family, this estate-grown vineyard and winery is a top pick among wine connoisseurs. The property actually sits on a large deposit of ammonite fossils, so it only seems fitting that their award-winning red blend is named Fossil Hill reserve. Other labeled wines include Red Silk, Fandago Blanco and Battlefield Chambourcin. Besides pressing grapes and popping corks, Cave Ridge Vineyard also features live music on Fridays.
1476 Conicville Road
Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
When in Virginia, produce European-style wines with distinctly local character. This family-owned and -operated farm winery benefits from living in a microclimate that consists of gentle winds, moderate temperature and dry soil. The conditions are perfect for growing vinifera grape varieties. Be sure to try a sample of Jump Mountain Vineyard’s very first vintage—JMV Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a light-bodied cab with plenty of fruity notes.
1493 Walkers Creek Road
Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473
Whether you’re an enthusiast or just appreciate a good bottle of wine, raise a glass and toast the Shenandoah Valley. This beautiful locale just happens to be one of the country’s most beautiful and exciting wine-producing regions.